Cos I’m Three, Three Falling.....

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
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Trip End Feb 26, 2011


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Leith Valley Touring Park

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

We got up and headed straight off at about 07:15 as we felt we had a lot to do and a bit of ground to cover and drove about 30 minutes to Mclean Falls. After a 40 minute walk we had seen the falls and were back at the car. We drove to our next spot Matai Falls, another waterfall maybe 15 minutes further on the road. Again we did the 30 minute walk and took in another waterfall which was all good. Unfortunately the Cathedral Caves were shut so we were unable to visit those so we headed for the Purakaunui Falls, perhaps the most beautiful of the three sets of falls. This had three different tiers of falls so made for a quite spectacular sight. We did the 20 minute walk back to the car and although hungry we headed on through Owaka then on to Surat Bay to try and find more sea lions but we drew a blank again, the town though may have consisted of about 20 people. We headed around the coast to Cannibal Bay a really beautiful beach with big waves from Antarctica rolling in. There on the beach were some huge Sea lions. While we kept a good 20 metres away some other folks on the beach were getting within 5m and I think we were hoping one would get bitten, there are signs everywhere using the slogan 'respect us or lose us' but I think to some people they do not understand the term wild.

We could have stayed at Cannibal Bay for ages but we had now had our fill of sea lions (we hadn’t been eating them if that is what you’re thinking), then decided to head off in search of some Elephant seals at Nugget Point. This was a stunning, stunning place with a great walk up to the lighthouse with cliffs on both sides and seal colonies underneath. We were both mesmerised by the views and abundant wildlife.

We drove on to Kaka Point somewhere we had decided to stay overnight but the Catlins doesn’t have a cash machine after Invercargill so we had no money and no freecamping options, we therefore had to continue the drive to get cash and petrol. By this stage we were only about 100km from Dunedin so headed onwards despite our vow to slow down. We reached Dunedin and headed for the I-site to find out about free camping but they were very strict. I didn’t mind paying for one night so Erica could wash her hair, I could have a shower and we could buy some wifi time to ring our parents and publish the blog and photos (as it turned out Erica hadn’t done any of the blog for the last few days since (she took over) nor chosen any photo’s so neither of us had a shower, no hair wash, just make two phone calls and write the blog and upload photo’s etc. If she doesn’t pull her finger out and make some effort with something soon, she will be sent back (and to think we called the Irish lazy).

Anyway my early night was actually an 11pm’er after being handed the laptop at 10pm to do another two days. Erica edit:  Bit exaggerated, and some ones in a mood.......oooooohhhhh!
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