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).
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).
Waipapa Point Recreation Reserve was beautiful. There has been no colour retouching in this next photo, the sky and water really looked like this!
It was extraordinarily windy and absolutely freezing (check out the trees at the top). Hard to imagine that, in summer, there is a a surf school at the adjacent beach here, but here’s a photo from the Curio Bay Campground surf school.
Photos from the beautiful McLean Falls walk, taken on a showery August day.
These photos illustrate the cool rainforest sub-climate of the Catlins area perfectly. Consider that there was snow down to sea-level in the Catlins one week after these photos were taken, and you’ll see how unusual this area is!
My wife and kids were unwilling to get out of the car to do this walk in the rain (admittedly it was about 6 degrees C and windy), so I did the whole walk in about 35 wet minutes.
These photos are from perhaps my favourite part of New Zealand’s South Island – the sparsely populated, less touristy Catlins.
The Catlins are on the southeastern corner of the South Island – some amazing cool climate rainforest right next to the ocean and with rural areas next door. Absolutely gorgeous, peaceful and feels beautifully isolated, even though it’s only a couple of hours from Dunedin and Invercargill.
I have many more photos of this beautiful area and am really enjoying going through them properly – will post more shortly.