Above: Haldane Bay inlet, from Haldane – Curio Bay Rd, The Catlins.

This area is the most southerly part of ‘mainland’ New Zealand, containing Slope Point (access is closed in winter) and Waipapa Point (more below) – approximately 46.7° South.

We started the day at our (pretty fabulous) Porpoise Bay / Curio Bay accommodation.  We were doing it tough as you can see from this picture of Miss Eight. (Miss Seven at the time).

Roughing it – Porpoise Bay from our accommodation, The Catlins

We travelled via Haldane – Curio Bay Rd to Waipapa Point – a beautiful trip. The weather was kinder to us – bright and sunny, though still extremely windy in exposed areas (which is pretty much a permanent condition around this part of the world).

Harrier hawk (Circus approximans), riding the wind, on Haldane – Curio Bay Rd, The Catlins
Extremely muddy sheep, on Haldane – Curio Bay Rd, The Catlins

Waipapa Point Recreation Reserve was beautiful.  There has been no colour retouching in this next photo, the sky and water really looked like this!

Other posts from our fantastic NZ South holiday are here: http://lightswimming.com/category/nz-south/ or, for photos just from the Catlins, here: http://lightswimming.com/tag/the-catlins/