Owaka Lodge Motel
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Tues 7th Feb.... trip on Doubtful Sound We got up early and headed off to catch the boat on Lake Manapouri. The cost of the day trip was NZ$215 each, booked with Real Journeys - well worth it. It was a fine morning but not sunny - however, it was not raining so that was good news. There were quite a few people on the boat - about 50 in total - all …
So we left Invercargill finally and headed east into the Catlins region, a part of the south island dominated by violently rugged coastline interspersed with expansive beaches and various wildlife colonies. The plan was to drive through and stop at some of the sites so that we did not spend too long in the area. We drove out of Invercargill mid morning and headed to the first port of call which was Waipapa Point. Here a lighthouse stood proud over the beach where we watched ...
I spent two days driving from Invercargill towards Dunedin through the Catlins.This south-eastern corner of the island is a treasure trove for wildlife spotting - seals, sea lions, penguins and dolphins to name a few. This was another lonely stretch for me, with barely a car on the roads, but in my opinion there is no other way to see New Zealand nature at its finest, isolated and extreme. My first stop was Waipapa point near Fortrose where I braved ...
... caves- already filled with a foot of water. They are beautiful, cavernous and dark. Its fun to see the tide rolling slowly into them. We try to head out to the beach again only to find the water now thigh deep ( well, I found it to be thigh deep- Nick stayed dry as I tested it out!) so we retraced our steps. By this time though the waves began to edge their way further and further into the cave. There was a ...
... There were also some sheep paddocks.
Then we hiked to two waterfalls, Matai Falls and its neighbor, Horseshoe Falls. Both were reached by a hike through the bush.
We reached the trail to the last waterfall of the day to Purakaunui Falls by driving on a gravel road several kilometers off of our route, but the detour was worth it. Purakaunui Falls is so pretty that they were featured on a NZ postage ...
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