This morning we awoke to a superb Southland morning, fresh air filling our lungs and sun shining down on our faces. Before we set off for our 3rd and final matches on tour, we travelled down to the oyster fishing capital of New Zealand. About 30 minutes drive South of Invercargill was the town of Bluff, which is pretty much the Southern most point of the South Island of New Zealand mainland. On a good clear day you can make out the large Stewart Island renown for NZ green lipped muscles. The boys were also tested on their retention of knowledge from the Antarctic Centre. As a little joke, they were asked to see if they were able to see the closest point of Antarctica from the lookout. Given Antarctica was 4800km from Bluff, this proved difficult, despite the squinting and pointing.
The famous signage at Bluff marking Sydney 2000km away, was an opportunity for the boys to reflect on home. The poignance was evident on some faces as they realised how far they were away from their family. In that moment, the boys independence and maturity levels take a step forward. The boys then had an opportunity to almost dip their toes in the great Southern Ocean and looked at some of the local flora and fauna, including in what would have to be the most futuristic public toilets in the Southern Hemisphere. After tonnes of smooth rocks were hurled into the ocean with varying success, we ascended Bluff hill in the struggling bus, for an amazing panorama of the land and sea.