Catlins Coast

Trip Start Sep 27, 2006
Trip End Apr 27, 2007

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Driving through the scenic route of the Catlins coast, wasn't really so scenic as you would expect, consisting of farms, fields and forests, the best thing about it by far is the wildlife, because it was like much of NZ I had allready scene, we stopped for some woodland walks to view some minor waterfalls and at place called waitaka, I think, may have the name wrong, Bas was moaning, why are we going down here? I was saying lets just have look, as I had seen a sign about wild life. Anyway we got out the van and walked to the beach to see a bunch of sea lions lazing in the sand! they a very big creature, but suprisingly well camoflaged, you could almost step on one if you wasn't carefull! taking some pictures of these, half covered in sand the most movement we got out of them was the occasional raised flipper! Then we were lucky enougn to witness one coming out of the sea, and lumbering up the beach, I have a movie of this and a very nice picture! It was really close and neither scared or aggresive towards us, but it didn't really appreiate us on its terority you could tell.
After that we head back along the gravel road to find a just gone car in a ditch and further along annother van with its front window smashed to smitherines! It brough back bad memorys of the time it happened to the rear window of are van! People just go to fast and send the gravel flying when they turn corners. Thankfully and no doubt due to my skillfull driving we got to curios bay and a normal road, without incident.
Here I pulled up to look at the beach and was pleased to find some pumping surf! We didn't have much time but I managed to get a quick sesion in anyway, the winds were so strong offshore though that catching waves was hard and I have got a bit inept in the time ive been landlocked, still I got 2 good ones.
Later that day we made our way to owaka, the largest of the small towns along the coast and the only place with facilltys for camping.
We tryed our trick of just paying for one person, instead of $14 per person to save money, but when I pulled in the owner had allreay seen bas sat in the front, so I paid for two instead, (which we split 3 ways)
this was pretty scetchy as the campsite was very quiet and the owner was a guy from lancashire, some what like a character from the league of gentleman! Later that night we were sat around in the lounge playing pool and he comes in with his sqaushy nose and funny haircut and looks back and forth between the three of us and says 'Is it me, or our only two of you supposed to be staying here?' I said thats right, this other guy is staying at a backpackers in town, we met up here because we new each other fromn queenstown. Thankfully he seemed fairly convinced by that, gave us one last beady eyed look, then pissed off. He was lucky that two had paid instead of just one even! We did this for nearly two weeks at Queenstown campsite. The reason, its a rip off to pay 3 times for something that just one could use, and where skint!
Anyway we drove back to papatowa the next day, but the surf looked to big and scary with strong ofshores weird rips, and nobody out, so I gave it a miss and we drove on to Kaka point, annother qauint coastal town with nothing much to do, we did however drive to nuggets piont where we got to see yellow eyed penguins, a very rare breed of penguin, and also seals and seal pups, they were to far away to tell if they were sea lions or not but still pretty cool. Photo's taken, the next day we drove to Dunedin.
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heidiw on

fab photos as always!
Bloody hell! That is some scenery you got going on over there! Fantastic! That mountain on Milford Sound is called Mitre Peak, because it looks like a Bishops headress!
All good here. Surfs been massive and there has been a few landslides from the cliffs. Had a rescue out for over 2 hours looking for a surfer t'other night. The helicopter was at the bottom of my garden, stationary with huge spotlight looking on Towan for over an hour! Turns out he had gotten out before either of the lifeboats were launched! Fun & games eh!

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