Alexandra to The Catlins

We fuelled up our bodies and the car and headed south this morning. There’s a lot of Schist rock outside of Alexandra, in all sorts of fascinating formations. I couldn’t resist photographing them. Some even had sheep!

Schist rock outside Alexandra

Schist rock outside Alexandra

Schist rock outside Alexandra

Schist rock outside Alexandra

And then there was the cloud, lying around on the hillisde, with snowy mountains as a backdrop.

Schist rock outside Alexandra

We’d been seeing these pretty orange flowers quite a bit from Alexandra down to the Catlins, so I stopped by the side of the road and photographed some. No clue what they’re called. (ETA: I’ve been told they’re called Red Hot Pokers)

Beautiful flowers near Balclutha

We stopped in Balclutha for an early lunch because we were both starving. We had Indian, but it was disappointing. My sister liked it because it was mild.

Our first stop in The Catlins was Kaka Point. More dirt roads. It was nice enough, but a beach is a beach and we’re spoilt for them back home… I did photograph some seaweed and interesting rock formations on the beach between Kaka Point and Nugget Point:

On the beach near Nugget Point

Ela inspecting seaweed on the beach near Nugget Point

On the beach near Nugget Point

I also managed to step into a puddle, not watching where I was going, and so walked around with a wet shoe and sock for half the day.

Next stop was Nugget Point. This was actually more beautiful and interesting than I had expected. There were seals playing in the rock pools. I could see the movement of them, but we didn’t have binoculars with us so couldn’t see much more than that. They seemed to be having a good time though!

Views around Nugget Point - seals playing in the square pool

Views around Nugget Point

Views around Nugget Point

Views around Nugget Point

Views around Nugget Point

Views around Nugget Point

We checked in at Catlins Retreat Guesthouse, where we have a beautiful big room and I’m writing this blog in front of the fire! Robbie told us of a few things to do and see around here, so after our cuppa and bringing our gear in, we took off again.

Robbie had recommended Cannibal Bay because Sea Lions had been spotted there recently. Unfortunately, they were nowhere to be seen today. However, we did see some sheep:

Sheep near Cannibal Bay

Unheard of in New Zealand, I know!

Next stop was Jack’s Blowhole. Our feet were still sore from yesterday, so this 20 minute walk felt like an hour! There were some pretty views along the way. Including Thistles. I don’t care – they’re pretty!!

Views from around Jack's Blowhole

Views from around Jack's Blowhole

Views from around Jack's Blowhole

Views from around Jack's Blowhole

Thistle at Jack's Blowhole

Jack's Blowhole track

Along the track to Jack's Blowhole

Jack’s Blowhole itself was a let-down. I don’t know what the fuss is about. Perhaps we were just there at the wrong time:

Jack's Blowhole

Next stop was Purakaunui Falls. They’re inside a beautiful rainforest full of fern trees. It was cold, but at least it wasn’t windy! The Falls were very pretty. And it was dark enough that I could play with shutter speed.

Views at Purakaunui Falls

Views at Purakaunui Falls

Views at Purakaunui Falls

Views at Purakaunui Falls

Views at Purakaunui Falls

By now it was dinner time, so we drove back to Okawa to have dinner, before updating my photos and blog. By the fire 🙂

A Slideshow of pictures from this day is here at Google+

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