Arrrrgh!! There's a baby dinosaur on the beach!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
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Trip End Jun 18, 2011


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Day 4) After a really long lie-in we got up and as the weather was lovely again we went for a walk along the river next to our campsite. It was a 5 hour walk but after about 2 hours we headed back because the path was really muddy and I didn't have my walking boots on... sandles might look nice in the sunshine but don't really help when your clambering though the forests and mud! We saw on the map that there was another DoC campsite on the other side of the river which was close to the Purakaunui Waterfall. So we packed up the van and headed over there for the rest of the day. The waterfalls were absolutely beautiful and the campsite was a perfect location right on the edge of the beach. We spent most of the afternoon watching people surf and hoping they wouldn't fall over... it didn't work, they spent most of the time on their arses, which was bad for them but very funny for us. Later in the evening we had just finished our tea when Tom suddenly jumped out of his seat and shouted (at the top of his lungs) "What the hell is that!?" and pointed at the beach. In the distance we could see something running along the beach that looked like a cross between a dog and a baby dinosaur. After picking ourselves up off the floor we realised it was a huge elephant seal; it was massive and moving towards the surf. We watched it going into the water when Tom noticed another one sitting back from sand in the grass. Before I knew what was happening Tom was putting his shorts on and wading across the knee-high water on the beach to get a photo. I watched from the van, wondering just how funny it would be if Tom was to get chased along the beach by a pack of angry elephant seals. After a while Tom came back and we ended up spending the rest of the night standing around outside and chatting to the two couples in campervans next to us. It was a really nice evening and Tom felt very happy to have seen such a huge seal close up.
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