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  • Day14

    Owaka to Curio Bay

    December 26, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Today we travelled to Curio Bay with stop off at the Whistling Frog Cafe and McLean Falls. Extremely fortunate to swim with Hector Dolphins in the surf (Southern Ocean!) and watched the Yellow Eyed Penguins come on to the beach. Drove to Waupapa Point Lighthohse and saw the fossilised forest. We stayed the night in Bayview Backpackers, Waikawa.Read more

  • Day48

    5-12 Curio Bay

    December 5, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

    Nou, Murphy heeft in een deuk gelegen vandaag. Bui na bui. Als ik niets aantrok werd ik zeik, als ik wel iets aantrok was het droog voordat ik weer fietste. Hahaha. Zonder overdrijven wel 6 keer of vaker mijn regenpak aan en uit getrokken. Dat was ook wel wat er te doen was onderweg. De wind was gelukkig zuid-west waardoor ik hem niet te vaak pal tegen had en soms zelfs mee. Mijn laatste heuvel kreeg ik kado, ik werd gewoon omhoog geblazen. Nog geen dolfijnen gezien. Ik denk dat ik morgen blijf.Read more

  • Day49

    Porpoise Bay mit Hector Delphinen

    December 19, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Am Morgen sahen wir am Curio/Porpoise Bay drei Hector Delphine, wie sie ganz nah an der Küste zu den im Meer stehenden Leuten schwammen. Ganze 13.5 Grad kalt war das Wasser. Marcel und Lauren liessen sich nicht von der eiskalten Gelegenheit einschüchtern, auch wir gingen ins Wasser. Immer wieder tauchten die Rückenflossen von den spielerischen Delphinen aus dem Wasser auf. Sie kamen herbeigeschwommen und begrüssten dich in dem sie um dich herum schwammen. Sie spielten mit den Wellen und machten sogar Luftsprünge.

    Nach diesem unvergesslichen Erlebnis mussten wir uns zuerst wieder bei einem Cappuccino aufwärmen.
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  • Day74

    Busy Busy vs Curio Bay

    December 14, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Inga:
    Wie viel kann man an einem Tag erledigen? Viel! Spaziergang mit den Hunden, Yoga in Wellington, danach machen Konny und ich einen kleinen Stop im Kaffeeladen bei Lina und verbringen die Mittagspause von Lucy zu viert bei einem Kaffee in der Sonne. Großeinkauf um mehrere Liter Crêpeteig herzustellen. Noch schnell Toppings schnippeln, Teig anrühren, den Crêpewagen packen und dann mit Lucy zum Pferd. Spaziergang mit den Hunden und dann ab aufs Pferd in der Abendsonne. Schnelles Dinner kochen und bei Wein den Abend ausklingen lassen.

    Nora:
    Von Invercargill gehts weiter, die Scenic Route entlang, nach Curio Bay. Hier ist es so wunderschön, dass wir gleich hier bleiben. Der Campervan wird mit Aussicht aufs Meer geparkt und dann geht es an den Strand. Nicht lange und wir werden von einer riesigen Welle erwischt- alles nass, Handy leider ein bisschen kaputt gegangen. Schwimmen, lesen, entspannen... Und abends haben wir sogar noch einen Pinguin zu Gesicht bekommen.
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  • Day48

    5-12 Curio Bay 2

    December 5, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 10 °C

    Geen gele ogen pinguins, wel Jurassic forest en springende golven achter waar de pinguins hadden moeten zijn.

  • Day15

    Curio bay

    December 26, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Instead of going straight to bluff to get the ferry to Stewart island we went to curio bay and stopped at the mclean falls on the way. Curio bay was amazing, we saw trees that were 170 million years old, swam with hector dolphins in the wild and saw a yellow eyed penguin. The tide was really far out which meant we had a good view of the trees. The hector dolphin's were very curious and we could see them surfing down the waves. As soon as dad and I got in they decided to head down to the other side of the beach but they did come back up and swam about a metre away from dad and i, it was pretty cool. To warm up we went for a walk at another lighthouse and saw a couple of sea lions on the beach. As we didnt see the penguins near the nuggets we decided to go back to where the trees are to try and see the yellow eyed penguins. They had already come up the rocks but one decide to catch the last rays of sun. It was quite comical and trudged down the rocks to get a drink and then trudged back up hopping up any obstacles.

    Figure 1: McLean falls
    Figure 2: fossilised tree stump
    Figure 3: lighthouse
    Figure 4: sealion
    Figure 5: yellow eyed penguin
    Figure 6: waves crashing against the rocks
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  • Day49

    6-12 Curio Bay

    December 6, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Soms heb ik strontmazzel, en soms niet;
    Blauwe pinguins gehoord vannacht, vlak naast mijn tent, niet gezien. Ik heb nu mijn tent gedraaid, misschien lukt het dan wel (en als het wat helderder blijft)
    Ik blijk de zeeleeuwen al voorbij te zijn (eigen schuld dikke bult, niet goed de kaart gelezen). Da's 26 km heen en idem terug. Hm. Weet niet of ik daar zin in heb. Al staan er hier wel borden dat je niet te dicht bij de zeeleeuwen moet komen.
    Geen dolfijn te zien en die gele ogen pinguin ook niet, maar dat kan allebei nog.
    En dan: vannacht zuiderlicht gezien denk ik!! Ondanks bewolking! Soort stad in de verte, maar dan groen. Yeah! Ook hiervoor hoop ik op minder wolken vannacht.
    En dan en dan: ik doe de forrest walk van 10 min omdat die bomen voor een gedeelte afstammen van die versteende. Vind een leeg blauw ei (silvereye?). Hoor een tuï of is het nou een bellbird, blijf staan kijken, zie ze allebei, blijf nog langer kijken, wie zegt nou wat..... En al die tijd zit de valk die ik al weken wil zien op ongeveer 3 meter afstand! Gelukkig zag ik hem, door de tuï. Wauwerdewauwerdewauw!!
    En dan 's avonds nog een keer op pinguinjacht: tralala. 🤗. Echt goed en lang gezien.
    Oh ja, en die zeeleeuwen garantie voor 52 km: net 2 Nederlanders gesproken, die hadden ze daar niet gezien. Ga ik niet doen dus. Stewart eiland ook niet.
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  • Day25

    Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail

    March 3, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅

    Got away early while it was still calm and sunny to explore this wild, beautiful coastline and learn a bit about the history of this place. Coincidentally our first stop was at a village called Fortrose, named so because of a Scottish drover who claimed it was similar to Fortrose in Scotland. We watched sea lions wrestling with each other at Waipapa Point, where a wooden lighthouse was built after NZ's worst maritime disaster when 131 people died after a ship sank in 1881. Children from the local school raised enough mobey to buy a headstone for the mass grave that they were buried in. Having been to the most northern point of the South Island we visited the southernmost point of mainland NZ, called Slope Point. We were nearer to the South Pole than the Equator. That may be why we were then greeted with howling winds and pouring rain for our visit to Curio Bay! Careful planning so we were there at low tide meant we could see one of the world's finest fossil forests. Petrified stumps, fallen trees and fern imprints from the Jurassic period are 180 million years old. We saw more Hector dolphins (they are meant to be rare) at Porpoise Bay before deciding to get out of the storm and back to the shelter of our secret garden again. Even the seagulls found shelter behind seaweed and the trees grow at funny angles.Read more

  • Day160

    wildlife, wildlife, wildlife!

    February 22, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅

    So I am currently sat on a beach, which also happens to be a petrified forest, waiting for yellow eyed penguins to come from the sea. They may have just arrived so my idea of sitting here writing might have been silly.

    False alarm! No penguins, my eyes keep trying to convince me that a pesky seagull is one of them though!

    The petrified forest is pretty cool, lots of stumps that contain the wood from the trunks in the centre and they are surrounded by what looks a bit like mud that has cracked and become solid around them.

    Back to the day we have had. It has been a day of driving along some of the Catlins coast in a quest to see rugged coastlines and wildlife. It has delivered!

    First stop was Oreti Beach. 26km of driveable beach. We drove a little way down and enjoyed the freedom of being able to weave lots...very fun! Really nice beach, huge and flat. We then found out that the beach is home to Paua which are sacred shells and struggling at the moment to thrive, because people drive high on the beach during high tide. This made us feel very bad, I think this warning should be with the rest on the big sign as you drive on the beach, not in the car park that we only visited to try and find a bird if prey we had seen.

    Next up was Bluff. This sticks out from the coast and is extremely windy! We visited the international signpost here and I drove up a very steep hill to get to the lookout. Surprised the car even made it!

    We then drove to Waipapa lighthouse. Beautiful lighthouse on the top of grassy dunes next to a crash my waves. This coastline is so so windy it is ridiculous! Everywhere has wind...just no shelter! We walked along the cliffs and looked for New Zealand sea lions, one of the rarest species in the world. We were looking out at the beach when Rob suddenly spotter one right at the Base of the cliff where we were standing! He looked half dead, and very big too! Half covered in sand where he has been laying for some time clearly.

    We carried on walking towards the lighthouse and then followed the edge as it lowered towards the beach. The dunes looked so golden against the rocky shore and deep blue sea. We spotted people on the beach taking photos and lots and behold there were two more!! Right there infront of us. The signs say keep at least 10m distance, but there would have been nothing to stop us getting closer. No fences, just common sense :) they were gorgeous...as far as sealions go, once again barely moving and half covered in sand.

    We took photos and watched them a while before wandering further around the point. It was so windy that seabirds practically hovered in the air, more good photos ops!
    After taking in the sights and sounds of the crashing waves we....(OK so penguins just happened! I will continue now from the warmth of the camper) returned to the sea lions and sat from the dune to watch them. They barely moved but we couldn't stop watching them. So incredible to be so close to them here in the wild and it was just so humbling to sit and watch. I decided to try some filming too and we waited for quite a while for one to do something a bit more interesting. Finally after waiting for what seemed like ages the big guy moved. In fact he didn't just roll over or shuffle more sand on him like the other, he did the whole pose like a sea lion stunt. Yay!!! We think it may have been because some idiot boys were leaping off the dunes onto the sand right near them (some people will always be stupid) but it was still awesome. After a couple of yawns to show off his gums he flopped back onto the sand, clearly that was an exhausting couple of minutes.

    After this we visited the most Southerly point of New Zealand called Slope Point. Again it was very windy, so windy in fact it was hard to breathe. I managed to act the child and use my jacket as a sail to stop me falling and Rob was very happy to throw a stone into the Southern Ocean :) another one to tick off the list.

    Finally we came Curio Beach, which is where we are now, and it has been amazing... It has made a true dream of mine come true! Seeing dolphins in the wild...up close!!! I have seen them before from a boat, here and in Portugal and even Wales. As amazing as those experiences were, this was just...ahhhhhhhh!!!!! I was leaping with excitement and I'm not ashamed to say I cried a little with joy. We got to see Hectors dolphins right in the surf by the beach. They were surfing the waves right infront of us, in the very water I was standing in and leaping high into the air. Just incredible! They are gorgeous dolphins, beautiful colours if black, grey, silver and white. They enjoy the bay here and I think are here most calm days, about 20 are resident. They are threatened by people though, lots of people who try and swim with them, there were people doing it today. I don't think it's an issue if they join you as you swim (they can be curious) but people and kayakers purposefully try and seek them out which isn't helpful.
    Talking of which we saw two naked men run into the sea in front of us and considering how cold it is they were in there for ages. We looked back from the high dunes and watched as they were surprised by a dolphin that surfed in the wave right next to them.

    I could have watched them all day (the dolphins not the men) but we wanted to try and see the penguins too.

    We ate dinner and then headed to the petrified forest beach I already mentioned. And now that I am in the camper and my fingers are warm enough to type again I can say that we saw three yellow eyed penguins. One jumped out while we had quite a but if light left and stood for ages grooming himself. There were a fee people trying to.walk where they shouldn't (again people not respecting the nature) but mostly people were watching patiently and from a distance.

    As dark drew in and the sun went down Rob regretted not bringing all his warm clothes. We didn't want to leave the beach though so we huddled like penguins and I tried to take the wind seeing as I had been sensible and worn all my gear. It meant we lasted a lot longer and once there were only about four couples left watching and the light was only shades of blue, two more penguins joined us.

    You have to remind yourself it isn't on TV and they are really there. They always surprise me as to their size, always bigger than I imagine and they are such fun to watch when they waddle and hop up the beach.

    Eventually we could barely see them save for the white bellies and it was getting very cold. We made out way by torchlight over the rocks and back to camp.

    Rice pudding, tea and a hot water bottle later we are ready for sleep!

    What an amazing day of moments we will treasure forever.
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