7-12-2004

In the morning we visited the chocolate factory in Dunedin (quite nice) and
after that we hit the road again to the south. We drove straight to Bluff, not stopping in
Invercargill, partly because the town was loaded with people because of a cattle show.
Near Bluff we tried to find a good birding spot at the Awaroa Wetlands but the area was
not as swampy as we expected it to be. Actually it looked quite ruined and except for the
bay there was not much birding fun. Yet I had my first glimpse of a Fernbird
(Megalurus punctatus, Varengrasvogel) at the far end of the road along the Awarua Bay.
We found a peculiar and rather worn down hotel in Bluff, Bay View Hotel (NZ$ 60,-
including breakfast – being nothing at all), with a room directly above the