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Dec 11, 2011 - The Catlins

December 11th was our last long drive. We traveled from Dunedin to Invercargill along the Southern Scenic Route. The road winds through the Catlins, a sparsely populated area of dairy farms, dense temperate rainforests, a scenic coastline and spectacular waterfalls. We had hoped to see the Cathedral Caves but found that the tide was starting to come in. However, we did do two short hikes through forested areas to see spectacular waterfalls: Purakaunui Falls (sixty-six feet high; an iconic NZ image) and McLean Falls (seventy-two feet high).

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Mar 31, 2010 - Catlins Coast, NZ

We were not short of things to do along the Catlins Coast. We saw rare yellow-eyed penguins, waterfalls, Cathedral Caves and Slope Point which is the southernmost point of South Island. There was one beach in particular, Cannibal Bay, the home to many sea lions who were happily lying on the beach soaking up the sun. You can get extremely close to these animals and they more than happy seemed happy to have their photos taken.

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Mar 25, 2010 - The Catlins - March 25

March 25, 2010 After our change of plan, we got up this morning to head south to Invercargill and along the southern coast to The Catlins. We had run out of bread so we had to do a quick run to the supermarket prior to breakfast. On our way out, a guy from the hostel approached us and asked if we had room for another person. We said we had and told him where we were heading and he asked if he could come along. He was supposed to be going to Milford Sound too and after having his trip cancelled was trying to get across to Dunedin. After...

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Feb 15, 2010 - Dunedin - Owaka

Thurs 11th Feb Set off to take some photos of the town before setting off. The days are really busy with travelling & trying to find accomodation which up to now hasn't been a problem. I am rting to write up every night what we have seen/ done so that I don't forget but then trying to get to internet cafe isn't always possible., hence time delay in doing updates. Anyway headed off eventually to Tunnel Beach. The story is a man carved out a tunnel with steps down, through a huge face of rock, to enable his children to get through to a lovely...

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Sep 19, 2009 - Día 17: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Purakaunui

Hoy nos levantamos más o menos descansados y salimos hacia Milford Sound. Es un fiordo, el más turístico, que está en el Parque Nacional de los Fiordos, patrimonio de la humanidad. Pasamos el lago de Te Anau, impresionante, y entramos en el Parque Nacional, donde vamos haciendo varias paraditas, intentando esquivar los autobuses llenos de japoneses que hay por todas partes: laguito, vallecito, laguito, vallecito… Los paisajes son impresionantes, con bosques, montañas nevadas, todo muy en plan Heidi. Poco antes de llegar al fiordo hay que...

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Trip Journal


Feb 1, 2008 - Catlins Woodstock South Island 17 to21 January 2008

Jeff Prior to arrival at Woodstock I had been quite apprehensive at being designated the keeper and defender of three spaces for motorhomes and two for tents, for our friends from Invercargill. I could envisage myself telling burly drivers they must move on as I had reserved the spaces, and they were not allowed to hit me because of my back. It's that yellow streak that runs right down it. Russell, the Woodstock owner, could not have been more helpful. He took us to a place along the elevated part of the camp field which would not get...

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Jun 21, 2007 - Owaka

After leaving Dunedin we decided to head down the Catlins coast to a backpackers based on a farm near a really beautiful waterfall. However the weather was awful and we didnt stop until we got to the hostel. When we got there we found that we were the only ones staying there and met Johnny who was running the place while his folks were on holiday in England! He'd just got back from 2 years travelling around Europe and was a really nice guy. So we unloaded our gear into our room then got wrapped up warm and headed off in the rain to the...

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