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    • Day84

      Time for our horizontal rain jackets

      January 29, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Machiel's appointment was only at 14:00. So we had a very relaxed morning. The doctor had some good advice and with some new nose sprays we continued our way further south-west.

      On the way we found a shoe fence, so we added one of our own. That's just the rules here. Near our campsite for the night we visited Nugget Point, a lighthouse in a cool location. While we arrived at the parking the weather got a bit bad, but we have excellent gear so that won't stop us, right? We had rain gear on, but only our sport shoes and that turned out to be a mistake. It was a bit of a walk and the rain only seemed to intensify. At section without wind protection we got hit hard by horizontal rain, so we had to stop looking in that direction and couldn't make any pictures of that part either. Still fun, but arriving back at the car our feet were swimming. We were a bit afraid the grass at the campsite would be a swimming pool as well, but thankfully it was okish.Read more

    • Day94

      Unterwegs nach Kaka Point

      December 5, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Heute waren wir an der südlichsten Spitze der Südinsel Neuseelands 🥳

      Von unserer Unterkunft bei Bob & Maxime zogen wir weiter die Südost- und Süd-Küste entlang - undzwar erstmalig als Autokarawanne, denn Nele musste die ersten Kilometer in die gleiche Richtung, also fuhr sie uns hinterher 😁🚙🚗💨💨
      Nach einigen Lookout-Stopps trennten wir uns nach einem gemeinsamen Mittag in der kleinen Industriestadt Invercargill #NiceToMeetYouNele.

      Dann ging es zu zweit weiter zum "Curio Bay" im Catlins Forest Park, der berühmt ist für seine Natürlichkeit und hohe Artenvielfalt (soweit in den Süden kommen viele Touristen aus Zeitgründen nicht, deshalb ist hier alles noch besonders ursprünglich und dünn besiedelt 😊💚). Unser Ziel: Wilde Pinguine und Delfine beobachten! 😍🐧🐬

      Da die Delfine zu jeder Tageszeit unterwegs sind (die Pinguine eher nur in der Abenddämmerung), begannen wir mit ihnen und gingen nach einer kleinen Rundtour um den Campingplatz und die Steilküste entlang runter zum Strand - und wurden nicht enttäuscht 🥺😍👏 Mindestens 4 kleine Hector-Delfine tummelten sich in der Bucht und hatten voll viel Spaß, die Wellen abzupassen und mit ihnen zu schwimmen 😍😍 Wir hatten gar nicht gedacht, dass sie so nah ins flache Wasser kommen - aber sie sind auch viel kleiner als gedacht, nur so 1,5m lang, echt süß 🤭🐬 Da kamen wir erstmal nicht mehr so schnell weg :)))

      Als es langsam Pinguin-Wanderungs-Zeit wurde (im Dezember kommen die Pinguine abends aus dem Meer in ihre Nester zurück, um ihre Küken zu füttern), liefen wir weiter zu einem bergigeren Spot am Meer, wo wir gute Chancen haben sollten. Der Ort an sich war schon super faszinierend: Der Steinstrand ist ein fossiler Überrest eines Ur-Waldes von vor 170 Mio. Jahren - einer Zeit, in der noch keine Tiere oder blühende Pflanzen existierten 🤯 Forscher fanden heraus, dass es damals wohl eine große Flut gegeben haben musste, die den Wald zerstörte. Durch einen hohen Anteil an Vulkanasche im Wasser, wurden die Überreste allerdings nicht einfach weggespült, sondern innerhalb von wenigen Monaten (!) komplett versteinert. Und diese Überreste sieht man noch heute 😯 Wahnsinn! Während es von tierischen Überresten zahlreiche Fossilien gibt, sind solche pflanzlichen Fossilien wohl extrem selten.

      Wir erkundeten etwas den urigen Stein-Wald, warteten auf die superseltenen Gelbaugenpinguine, aber trafen für heute leider keine an. Der Parkranger gab uns einen Tipp, wo wir bessere Chancen haben könnten (hier an der Stelle gibt es leider nicht mehr so viele Exemplare) - da werden wir es morgen dann mal versuchen :)

      Also gaben wir erstmal auf und zogen weiter in unsere neue Unterkunft - im Örtchen Kaka Point 😂👌 Kein Scherz. Bester Ortsname 😁💩 #SooVieleWortspiele. Dort kommen wir jetzt für 2 Nächte bei Mike unter, einem alleinstehenden und etwas nerdigen Highschool-Lehrer (er war gerade dabei, Abi-Prüfungen durchzusehen omg #thesememories 😬) mit 4 Katzen und einem alten, sehr cool aufgebauten Häuschen (verwinkelt mit vielen kleinen Anbauten) mit fantastischer Sicht aufs Meer 😍👌
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      Traveler

      Wahnsinn 🤩🥰 Wirklich erstaunlich wie nah die an den Strand kommen und wie sie die eine Welle ausgenutzt haben 🤭 Schön, dass ihr die Möglichkeit hattet, sie zu sehen 😊

      12/6/19Reply
      Traveler

      An welches Land Europas erinnert mich bloß diese Landschaft 🤔😢😊

      12/6/19Reply
      Traveler

      Wieder ein toller Beitrag mit sehr interessanten Infos zum fossilen Ur-Wald Strand 😊👍 Ich drück die Daumen, dass ihr noch die Pinguine zu Gesicht bekommt :)

      12/6/19Reply
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    • Day18

      Die Catlins 2

      December 29, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Auf eine sternenklare Nacht folgte ein weiterer sonniger Tag.
      Unsere 3 kurzen Wanderungen haben uns zu 3 verschiedenen Wasserfällen geführt.
      Zuerst sind wir zum Koropuku Falls. Besonders der Weg vom Parkplatz zum Wasserfall war cool. Auf einem schmalen Pfad ging es durch dichten Wald mit moosbewachsenen Bäumen und Steinhüpfen über einen kleinen Fluss.
      Der zweite Wasserfall waren die McLean Falls. Hier ging es schon deutlich touristischen zu und der Weg war breit und gut ausgebaut. Bevor wir zum dritten Wasserfall gelangen, haben wir an der Lost Gypsy Galerie für einen Kaffee angehalten. Eigentlich sollte es nur ein kurzer Stop sein, aber wir waren von all den kleinen Erfindungen (Video) so fasziniert, dass wir über eine Stunde dort verbracht haben.
      Nach den Purakanui Falls ging es dann weiter Richtung Küste.
      Nugget Point Lighthouse war unser letzter Halt für den Tag.
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    • Day26

      Nugget Point

      March 4, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Time to leave our sheltered campsite this morning although it's continued to be very windy all day. We went to Mclean Falls which were spectacular with a single fall of 22 meters. We tried to go to Cathedral Caves but a 5 meter swell, even at low tide, meant it was unsafe to visit them. Papatowai beach was a great picnic spot and a chance to search the rock pools for fossils whilst watchibg the spray coming off the crest of the waves. Just a little further along another gravel road we went to Jack's Blowhole that was 200 meters inland where the sea came crashing into. Plenty of sea lions at the base of the Nugget Point and lighthouse. It was odd standing on the narrow peninsula with the rough sea on one side and calm sea on the other. A short distance away was Roaring Bay where we saw a rare yellow eyed penguin that had just come back to shore for the evening. Treated ourselves to a 'cabin' for the night (bunkbed, kettle, heater, tv and dvd player) to escape the strong winds and watched a film, luxury!Read more

      Lynda Ralph

      Waterfalls look beautiful & sure it was a real treat to stay in a cabin, out of the wind, especially with a film to watch - even luxurious!!! Very cute penguin. Take care & enjoy xxx

      3/4/17Reply

      Looks beautiful, glad you treated yourself to some luxury. Keep safe love Gem x

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      Lyndsay McDonnell

      Can't believe you treated yourselves to a cabin and luxury after your secret garden but it must have been great to watch a film. I see you have found another penguin!!!! Hope the weather gets better, love xxxx

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    • Day18

      18th night - near Kakapoint

      March 6, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Am Mittwoch sind wir um 10 Uhr vom Campingplatz losgefahren und fuhren zum Otago Peninsula (Royal Albatross Center). Dort kann man normalerweise die Albatrosse (Vögel) sehen. Diese sind riesig! Leider sah ich sie nur als Nachbildung im Center.

      Anschließend fuhren wir einkaufen und ich versuchte vergebens, eine Gitarre zu finden. Leider immer noch ohne Erfolg.

      Die Autofahrt war lange, weshalb ich fast eingeschlafen bin.

      Später kamen wir auf unserem ersten bezahlten Campingplatz für 10$ p.P. an!!! Er war super schön auf einer Wiese gelegen, umgeben von Bergen und Schafen. Zum Dinner gab es Wraps und danach gönnte ich mir für 2 Dollar eine heiße Dusche.
      Da ich sehr müde und grumpy war, ging ich "früh" schlafen.
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    • Day4

      Tunnel beach

      January 14, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      We went on a long, steep and slightly slippery walk down the cliffs of tunnel beach to where there was a small rock tunnel carved into the mountain. Once we went through this we were on an amazing beach with stunning tall cliffside and mossy rocks and a cave. The walk back was very hot in the full sun and long clothes.Read more

    • Day11

      Albatross or Albatri??

      January 30, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Up early to get in and sort out parking ticket. Just had to fill out proforma....if they want to chase me to Ireland for 40 dollars they,re welcome😁. Out to albatross sanctuary in Otago peninsula fabulous to see them for real apart from the climb up!! Have got to say everybody we have met so far Kiwis and rest have been really friendly. All travellers are in same boat so we all share info.Took the Southern scenic route out to Taiera Mouth to camp ,It had various reviews good and bad but some were ,5 years old. Quiet , clean , a bit tatty but had showers toilets water laundry and electricity.Also dogs and chickens. Pauline who owned out a real character, she bought it from the old lady who ran it and has been doing it up gradually. Feet from the most fantastic beaches. We had our first swim in the Pacific. Nice bottle of red with neighbouring campers had a long chat about NZ.Read more

    • Day161

      Day two of the Catlins

      February 23, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      The warmth of the bed was a huge pull when the 6:30 alarm went off this morning but the thought of possible dolphins frolicking in the waves and a lovely sunrise had me wrapping up warm in my layers whilst tactfully remaining under the warm Duvet.

      Rob was too sleepy and so I left him in bed to explore and let him know of any dolphins. I thought I might have seen some from the cliff edge, a 30 second walk from the camper, so let him know and then headed to the sand. It was a gorgeous morning, mostly clear skies and the tide half out, leaving behind a long flat expanse of smooth sand dotted with rocks. I was completely alone save for the oyster catchers that really remind me of creature comfort characters. They are so funny to watch, sticking their bills into the sand and chasing each other put of their territories. I couldn't spot any dolphins but the sun was coming up behind a collection of rocks that made up the East of the bay so I watched for a while and then chambered along the rocks to watch as the huge waves came crashing in from the Southern Ocean. The spray was huge and it felt pretty awesome standing there alone in it all.

      Eventually Rob appeared with his camera. I tried waving but not sure he could see me for the sun. Eventually I made my wave over and we enjoyed a little stroll along the beach before going for breakfast. We had bought eggs too so we didn't even have to have peanut butter and jam!

      Showering was a pain, they took two dollar tokens and as the office was closed I couldn't get a second for washing my hair (each only gave 5mins hot water). The showers had no benches either so everything got wet and then I stupidly decided to wash my hair anyway. It was painfully cold in my head! Brrrr!!! I returned a bit flustered but ready to drag Rob back to see the dolphins 😀 (there was of course no dragging...they are dolphins, who doesn't want to see them!?)

      Sure enough there they were, just around where the waves were breaking. We saw them surf in the waves again and a fee did some fantastic leaps and backflips, it was incredible! I tried not to let the people swimming in pursuit of them ruin it but it really was quite sad to see, especially as they always swam away. I even told a girl who was thinking about it about the signs and why she shouldn't in the end.they should probably make the signs more noticeable.

      We watched some more whilst wandering up and down the beach and I had to be torn away for some lunch, during which I learnt that the yellow eyed penguins are the rarest in the world and they are here because there is still a large amount of tall vegetation in the dunes and cliffs, so we are pretty lucky.
      We made sure to have one last gander at the dolphins before we left for further up the coast.

      On route to our current camp near Nugget Point we stopped at several waterfalls. There are lots on the drive on the Catlins coastal track. The first was a ridiculously muddy walk, it turns out it isn't really an officially signposted waterfall and two people have tried to just make it more accessible with the placement of logs, stepping stones and balance beams over water. It is still precarious though and involved clambering over slippy rocks to get to the falls. It had such an enchanted feel to it, a mist hung in the air from all the moisture and every surface was wet and covered in some sort of green moss. It felt like a fairytale forest, so beautiful.

      After cleaning our shoes we headed to the next water fall, McLean Falls. Another beautiful forest and a huge waterfall. It fell metres into a big pool and then down more cascades. I managed to clamber over some rocks in the big pool to get a bit closer, it was very very slippery though, perhaps more so than ice, and I ended up stepping on the mosses and clinging to them on the rocks by the edge to avoid slipping all the way down. Coming back down the cascades from the big pool Rob managed to lose his footing on landing (he will insist in wearing flip flops on these walks) and now he thinks he may have broken his toe...again! Last time turned out to just be bruising but now he is limping and it looks a lot worse than last time 😥.

      Next up was Purakaunui Falls. To get here I got to drive along some great unsealed roads, one of them a detour from a closed bridge that took us all the way to the source if the river and around, it was ridiculous! Apparently I did a Scandinavian flick in the car, not intentionally at all, hit some hidden gravel and the car did a lovely little drift. Rob was jealous, I nearly had s heart attack and drove like a snail thereafter.

      These falls were a very shirt walk and like another enchanted forest. Rob commented on how could just really picture the Kiwi running around on the forest floor here and it kind of felt like dinosaurs could be lurking around here too. The falls were three tiers of really wide cascades. I think our favourite so far. They fell into a tranquil pool surrounded by trees that stretched horizontally over the waters edges, covered in moss and with leaves that dangled a little like rags. Rob has once again got some beautiful photos today.

      Walking back gave a new angle to all the trees we had just walked passed, some totally hollowed at the bottom with roots like bars that you could step inside and some trees were only about the thickness of a branch and yet ridiculously tall, it seemed to defy physics to me that they weren't all bending over.

      Finally we arrived at the camp, pretty small and basic and therefore nice and cheap. Lovely owners,the guy is from Derby and after 19 years still sounds it. We chose to get pizza from them as a treat and are now settled down. Fingers crossed the sheep in the field are quiet in the night, we have an early start to catch the sunrise and hopefully more penguins tomorrow.
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      Linda Cowling

      Wow .. took me an hour to read these three posts ... absolutely fascinating. xxx

      2/23/17Reply
       

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