We crossed the tropic of capricorn the other day. The 45 degrees southern latitude. We know it because our bus stopped along a sparse stretch of highway, and there was a stone monument that proclaimed it so. 45 degrees. We’re from Seattle, over 47 degrees north latitude and are feeling right at home here. It’s breezy, cool and we’re outfitted in 4-5 layers of upper clothing, just like any other early spring or fall day. Our destination is the bottom of the bottom, as it were.
Bluff. Population 2100.
The southernmost town of the southern island of New Zealand. There isn’t much to see or do here. Home of an unattractive smelter with an impressively tall chimney (viewable from Stewart Island) and Sterling Point (and it’s much photographed yellow destination and distance signpost). Here lies he termination/creation point of New Zealands main highway – SH1. We’ve already been to the top of the north island @ Cape Reinga, now we find ourselves at the other end. We’re not south enough and a lack of pavement or sealed roadway won’t stop us. We plan to catch a ferry so we can keep on going.