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!
And then there was the cloud, lying around on the hillisde, with snowy mountains as a backdrop.
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)
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:
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!
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:
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!!
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:
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.
By now it was dinner time, so we drove back to Okawa to have dinner, before updating my photos and blog. By the fire 🙂