Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Tuesday, March 6, 2012


we left
kaka and drove up the dirt track to nugget point where we saw some
basking penguins down on the rocks below and fur seals playing in the
rock was amazing to see.. we then walked up to the
lighthouse perched on high rocks that jut out into the ocean and had
great views over the catlins coastline a panorama of desolate beaches
and formidable cliffs..

next stop
purakaunui falls which cascade over a series of ledges in a dense
forest of podocarp trees a great view after a short walk through the

lunch there we continued to papatowai where the river meets the sea
an enormous estuary unfolds into the vast pacific ocean and the waves
meet and crash together it was very interesting ….

caves was next on the agenda which are on private land down on a
sandy a fee was paid and another fantastic walk through
native forestland which includes tree ferns and kauri trees..down
onto the expanse of sandy beach..the caves are only accessible at low
tide so the gates onto the property are only opened two hours before
low tide until 2 hours after yet again we were blessed with
arriving here at the right time just after they opened the gates …
the caves
are carved out from very high steep sandstone cliffs and have a 50 ft
ceiling and go 300feet into the rock...the two caves are joined so
you can walk through one into the other from the back and as the name
suggests tall long and square like a cathedral..very interesting rock formations and
very interesting colours..purples and creams and in the soft rock you
could see where the sea pounds under the caves and makes curved
shapes in the walls …

from here
we drove to Niagara falls...!! .. yes they have a cute little
waterfall they they decided to name after Niagara as it is very very

we drove
on to curio bay where we camped for the night and an evening walk to
the bay meant we saw dolphins, about 5 of them frolicking in the
waves and then two jumped out of the water about 20foot away from us,
it was so amazing I loved it... then over to the other side of the
bay and we saw the very rare yellow eyed penguins nesting on the
beach shrub land ..they were so funny to watch as they jumped from
rock to rock and waddled along... also here was the petrified forest
apparently the best example of one in the could see the
shapes of the bark that had turned to was another amazing
day ...
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