Relaxing at The Split Level
Trip Start Feb 17, 2005
123Trip End Feb 27, 2006
The owner of Surat Bay Lodge kindly gave the 2 German girls and myself a lift as we all had our main back packs. I quickly got settled into my new backpackers, which was called The Split Level, and it seemed like a cosy place. It was a strange mix of '70s decor and modern facilities, and it was a real novelty having a huge stereo and Sky TV! I wasted no time in playing one of my cds and flicking through the channels! It's fair to say that I haven't missed television in the slightest over the last 7 months, but it did make a nice change to have the option of some decent programmes.
The wind outside had dropped, and the sun had appeared, so I went on a 4km walk to Pounawea
The walk back to Owaka was nice as the sun was beating down, but unfortunately I didn't have a drink with me. So for about 3km, all I could think about was how nice it would be to have a nice cold beer in my hand. I therfore decided to treat myself to a six pack of Speights on my return, and the first one had to be the most satisfying beer I've ever drank!
I had the hostel to myself that evening which was heavenly, so I watched the AFL Final from the MCG, followed by a couple of Premiership games. Why couldn't I have been here a few weeks ago for the cricket?! Helen, the owner of the hostel, popped in at 10pm to see me as she'd been out all day. A real chatterbox, but extremely friendly, we talked until midnight about a wide range of subjects, from hunting, to ghosts, to Yorkshire Puddings! I eventually fell asleep at 2.30am.
I slept like a log as the beds were so comfortable, and I took advantage of the electric blankets! It was nice to have a lie in, though I quickly headed outside again after breakfast. I wanted to do an 8km return walk to Barrs Falls and take in more of the countryside on the way.
By now I knew that the Catlins were characterised by rolling green hills, gorgeous sandy beaches and a distinct lack of people. So I wasn't surprised when I didn't encounter any other walkers, although there were a large number of sheep, lambs and cows in the surrounding fields. One set of cows acted very strangely, as they would stand in line, stare at me, then all of a sudden bolt off in the opposite direction! The waterfall itself was very small, but that was fine as I enjoyed just hearing the water and breathing in the fresh air.
I had another relaxing evening at the hostel, where I attempted to watch a dvd but got Helen'd half way through! I must have been in bed by 10pm, and let's face it I was due an early night! Afterall, I wanted to be fresh for my next destination...Papatowai.