Helen and Doug's Round the World Trip travel blog

Waterfall, Catlins Coast

A 180 million year old tree!


The drive from Dunedin to Invercargill is part of the Southern Scenic Route and was through some lovely countryside called the Catlins. We stopped at several places along the coast, again hoping to see some seals but still to no avail. We also did two very short walks to a couple of waterfalls, and called in at a Petrified Forest. It may not have been the most spectacular sight in the world, but seeing the fossilised remains of trees that died 180 million years ago was oddly fascinating! I was surprised just how much the trees still looked like wood even though they had turned to stone.

Invercargill was nothing special, although to be fair we only drove through it and out to our campsite which was lovely and looked very pretty the next morning in the frost, it's getting colder!



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