Two Browns in Europe 2018 travel blog

Happy birthday Andrew

Slope Point, most southern point of the South Island

Nugget Point

parking at a premium at Nugget Point

Purakaunui Falls, Papatowai, Catlins

ken entering Cathedral Caves

McLean Falls

Fortrose, Catlins

Slope Point

A night at NZMCA park in Lumsden. Walked into the small township (5 mins away) - there was free overnight parking at the old railway station, with at least 50 vans there for the night. Toilets and a couple of sinks available, as well as rubbish bins (which are few and far between) and a dump station. Everyone was pretty quiet, cooking and eating outside their vans or on the station platform, all very tidy and responsible. Would be good if all towns had same available.

Spent four nights in The Catlins with Dianne and Andrew. The first night we stayed on a farm between Kaka and Nugget Points, across the road from a beautiful beach. Rained from late afternoon and was cooler. Delicious barbecued ribs for Andrew's birthday. Up to the lighthouse the next morning, before setting ourselves up at the DOC camp at Papatowai for two nights, about halfway around the Catlins. We bought a DOC pass before we left home and it has been well worth it. Andy drove us to nearby places of interest - beaches, waterfalls, caves. Then another NZMCA park at Niagara Falls, a base to visit Curio Bay and Slope Point. In our winter woollies that day, very cold and windy. The yellow eyed penguins come into Curio Bay to nest - there are currently three there, but two out at sea for the day and the other in hiding. A walk across farmland takes you to Slope Point, the southern most point of the South Island. So windy there, we had trouble standing up a couple of times. Last stop was Fortrose, with a free parking area on the estuary. Ken and Andy played a few holes of golf, while Dianne and I walked around the estuary to the ocean. A lot warmer and able to sit outside for dinner.

All the places we've stayed at have been no or little cost. NZMCA parks are $6 a night, DOC camps (which range from $8-$16pp) are covered by our pass and we have used free or low cost parks other nights (donation of around $6). Great to have all this available.

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