HOW many pictures of a single waterfall?!

Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
Trip End Apr 12, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

After a REALLY good and proper sleep we drove out of Invercargill shortly after 10 in the morning *mutters about check-out times ONCE more ;)*. Just outside of Invercargill there is an area called the Catlins that stretches almost all the way to Dunedin. Our first destination was the southern most tip of the country, called Slope Point.
There's not really all that much to it, other than being able to claim you were at the south most point of New Zealand. Which we did :D And so this spot is now the south most point either of us has ever been on the entire planet... Until we take a trip to Antarctica of course ;)

Oh, and as you might guess: IT IS WINDY HEEEERREEEEEEE :P
So much so in fact that all the trees around us had simply GROWN in the direction of the wind. Even when it is not windy it still looks windy because of all the trees being that windswept.

Since we had skipped breakfast, as it would have required us to get up even earlier, we stopped at a highly recommended little restaurant along our route. it is called The Whistling Frog and they truly took that frog-theme all the way :P Our favourite part was simply the sign outside of the place that said: 'Frog Parking Only. All Others Will Be Toad' :D. Cheesy, but still great :P.
The main reason we went there of course was the food and luckily that was really good. Possibly the best garlic bread we've had in New Zealand and the eggs benedict that we both ordered was VERY filling and JUST right.

After our lunch we did consider going to the 'nearby' waterfalls, but we were too full for the 20 minute walk it would have taken us to get to them. So we drove on and once our lunch had digested a bit more we stopped at the Parakaunui Falls.

Now, remember how we were wondering whether waterfalls had become mundane and almost boring to us? Well, these waterfalls here made us change our mind in a BIG way. Martijn especially didn't want to leave them and he alone ended up taking 60 pictures of them in the end. During all of this other tourists came and went and we just hung around enjoying them and being mesmerised by the gorgeousness of it all.

Luckily we brought the tripod with us so that we could take many pictures with the 'soft water' effect and it also allowed Martijn to get a bit more adventurous by climbing down from the viewing platform for a new and different (and more impressive in our opinion) angle on the whole scene. It wasn't much effort, but it does prove that you should always look around a bit and not let yourself be confined to the pre-made viewing platforms if you can. (While it's safe to do so of course ;))

Near our end-point for the day was a little spot called Nugget Point, which is known for its lighthouse.
The main attraction there is really the scenery with the lighthouse placed precariously at the furthest (and highest) point of a ridge. The trail across the ridge there is shielded on both sides by a little fence as either side would allow you to drop down to the water FAR below (with a couple of bounces on the jagged edges probably).

The reason this is called Nugget Point are the 'little' rocks in the water in front of the lighthouse, The Nuggets. These nuggets can be best seen from the viewing platforms at the lighthouse (under construction/upgrading when we got there) and if you are lucky you can also see various seals playing around at the edges of the surf.

From the lighthouse you can see the nearest village called Kaka Point, where we would be staying the night. The place itself is quite nice and from our room we could even see the lighthouse in the distance... It even works at night!!! It's not just there for show! It functions! :D
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bluejeans on

Very filling and just right !!
*boggle* *tease* *winks at Martijn* - I do believe thats THREE meals that satisfied !! *beams proudly of NZ*

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