Nov 01, 2012
Mar 06, 2013
Departing Kaka Point, we made our way south to the heart of the Catlins and stopped for lunch at Purakaunui Bay before heading south to Curio Bay. En-route, we visited Cathedral Caves, a bush and beach walk to spectacular caves only accessible at low tide. We finally arrived at Curio Bay late evening and found a superb location to camp. At £8 for an unpowered site, compared to £50 in Byron Bay Australia, it was a magnificent bargain. Curio Bay is a walk back in time where the lush green living forest meets its 180 million year old predecessor, the Curio Bay Petrified Forest. It is one of the finest examples of Jurassic Forest in the world today. It also provides the opportunity to get close to the worlds rarest 'Hoiho' (Yellow Eyed Penguin) and watch Hectors Dolphins playing in adjacent Porpoise Bay. We camped on a headland in-between the bays with the sea only 20 metres away on either side. We wrapped up warm and sat on the beach with a camera, pair of bino’s and watched the penguins return at dusk from their day fishing at sea.