Southern Scenic Route
Trip Start Dec 20, 2008
42Trip End Sep 12, 2009
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The Catlins is an area along the southern tip of the island which is dotted with tons of little villages and isolated beachs. We saw Hector Dolphins right off of the beach, which are native to the area. You can surf with them apparently but we didn't do that. We watched Yellow Eyed Penguins with their young... feeding them by regurgitating their catch of the day. We were probably about 5 meters away from them, it was pretty great to watch!
We did numerous small hikes along the way and were able to come across the Catherdral Caves. They are these huge cave formations that are only accessible at low tide. Some of them go 100's of meters deep.... CREEPY! we didn't have a flash light so we had to use the flash from the camera.
We also walked to a view point with a light house from the 1800's that was perched at the end of this cliff area. All around the light house there was these rock outcroppings dotting the area. They called it the Nugget Point, because they looked like gold nuggets.
After another beautiful scenic drive we arrived in Dunedin. Its a great city with tons of European influences. Beautiful old buildings and churchs and lots of history. Our hostel is an old converted mansion with all the original decor. Freezing at night though!
We did a Cadbury Chocolate tour yesterday, since one of the major factories is here. We also did a Speights Brewery tour. Its the "Pride of the South" beer and has been around since the 1800's.
We all have a good feeling about this place, so maybe we will stay here for awhile..... who knows!