Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The Catlins

Yesterday we spent the day on a self driving tour the of The Catlins - the coastal area at the very tip of south island. It's a beautiful area, and we were lucky enough to get up close and personal with a couple of rare Yellow Eyed Penguins, and some sea lions (or fur seals - not 100% sure which). It was exhausting, and we missed a site or two that could only be viewed at low tide (Cathedral caves will have to be on the agenda next time) but it was a fantastic day.
The view at Curio Bay, our first stop, where many of the rocks are actually fossilised trees!
A view of the fossilised forest - that diagonal line in the foreground is a fallen log.
A Yellow Eyed Penguin (the rarest in the world) on the rocks at Curio Bay
A Sealion on the beach at Surat Bay.
Purakaunui Falls
Nugget Point

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