Just 10km from the city of Invercargill is Sandy Point, a 2,000ha sand and shingle peninsula bound by the Oreti River and Foveaux Strait. Maori enjoyed this region for its plentiful supply of bird life, fish and shellfish and even today you are able to see an abundance of wildlife and nature. In 1863 a shore whaling station was established. One of the whalers, Owen McShane, gained a notorious reputation for distilling a kind of rum from the cabbage trees in the area. This rum is believed to be responsible for the wreck of the Lynx in 1837 due to drunken crew. Flax mills operated in the area until the 1970's. Pick up a map from the i-SITE and take time to walk or drive around Sandy Point.