After Dunedin we made our way to the Southern end of the South Island to an area known as the Catlins. On our first day we went to Nugget Point where we had a chilly walk up to a lighthouse, down below were loads of seals on the rocks, it was amazing to see and like a different world down there! All the seals were splashing about in the water and some were fighting on the rocks!! We had a lunch on a beach at Kaka point which was very windy! We then made our way to Cannibal Bay (nice name!!) at the entrance of the beach there was a warning about Sealions that can attack you...we were hoping to see some so we walked along the beach which was really really grey and cold and almost a bit spooky as the sand was blowing across the bay! We saw a seal who looked like it was dying which was a bit sad, we made our way to another cold beach over some sand dunes but were dissapointed that there were no seals or sealions!! We made our way back to Rodney when it started chucking it down, we drove to a free camp at Purakauni Bay which was stunning, there was a big white cliff and a tidal river where a dwarf woman was washing!! when the sun came out after the rain it just looked stunning (not the dwarf woman!!)
The next day we made our way to Jacks Blowhole, where we walked for about 30 minutes over a field covered in sheep poo, as you can see from our pics walking in flip flops is not a good idea, I got poo toe!!! Jacks blowhole was a massive hole where the sea comes in through a passage and its in the middle of this field! It was quite scary looking down as it was quite rough. We went and looked at Parakauni Falls next which were quite impressive, after we drove to find Porpoise Bay but we sort of got lost for a while on a gravel road with lots of sheep! Luckily we weren't lost for long and found Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay, the wind was so strong it was hard to walk in a straight line, we managed to spot some Hectar dolphins in the bay bobbing out the water! We got some petrol from Tokanui from a petrol station that looked like it was from the 1950s!!! We made our way to slope point which is the most southerly point of New Zealand main land which was very cold and windy and our last stop was at Waipapa point, we made our way onto the beach and there was a massive sealion just sitting there!!! It looked like a huge slug, we kept our distance when we noticed another Sealion in the distance, we made our way over to it and watched it going along the beach, it looked like it was a slug in a huge sack!! Kam managed to get a video of him going along the beach! The beach was really painful to stand on, it was so windy that it blew really sharp bits of sand that stung when they hit your face!!
We ended up in Invercargil which was a big town, we had the night at a caravan park that had hairdryers in the bogs...now that is a luxury!!!!
Anyway next stop Milford Sound!! xx