Sandy & Verne Down Under travel blog

Here come the sheep



Is that a close enough encounter for you?

Seal at Nugget Point



Light house at Nugget Point

VIew from Nugget Point




Larnauch Caslte

When we arrived in Invercargill last night the main street was blocked off sign said “Detour, Heavy Traffic”. We could see semi trucks going down the street and people standing around like it was a parade. When we asked at the hotel we were told it was Americana. There were many old American cars with American flags waving as they drove down one side of the street and back up the other side. The street was closed until 10 pm so they could cruise. I thought the most interesting car was the Minnesota State Police Car probably from the 1950s.

The morning started out as a rainy day (our first in 16 days) as we headed along the southern coast to Dunedin (pronounced Done eden). This is the Catlins region of NZ. Here we drove through the small down of Niagara Falls to get to Waikoua to view Hector’s Dolphins and sea lions (did see a rainbow). At Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay we spotted nothing, guess they didn’t want to be out in the rain either! Drove onto McClean Falls but decided against the 40 minute round trip walk in the wet bush to view them. We did stop at Florence Hill Lookout for a beautiful view of Tautuku Bay.

We had our first up close and personal view of sheep as they were being herded down the road we were going up to view Purakunai Falls. There was 1 brown sheep in the whole herd.

Arrived at the falls. After a 10 minute walk through the rain forest (we were in a forest and it was raining) we came upon the water flowing over 3 tiers of rocks in different directions. I can only imagine if it was wet season it would be a different view.

Our fist pig sighting. It happened to be in the field next to the café we had lunch at. I hope we didn’t eat its relative at lunch in our egg and bacon pie!

We stopped at Nugget Point to view the seals, sea lions and sea elephants. Verne, Ali and I were looking forward to the elephants as we have never seen any. Well, we still haven’t, there were only seals frolicking in the water far below. The view from the lighthouse lookout point was worth the 900meter walk both ways.

We arrived in Dunedin and before going to the motel we stopped at Larnach Castle, high atop the hills of the Otaga Peninsula. Beautiful sights of the bay below.

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