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Te Anau (NZ South)

Above:  looking from our accommodation towards Lake Te Anau (screened by the trees), with the mountains behind

Surrounded by snow-capped mountains at this great spot:  Glacial Rock at Te Anau

how ‘Glacial Rock’ got its name
our cosy accommodation, surrounded by mountains

Other posts from our fantastic NZ South holiday are here: http://lightswimming.com/category/nz-south/.

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Wayyy South (NZ South – The Catlins – Part 5)

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/

Curio Bay (NZ South – The Catlins – Part 4)

Above: Windswept trees – Curio Bay, The Catlins.

Curio Bay Petrified Forest, The Catlins. Freezing cold and windy!

More photos from the beautiful Catlins.  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/

Kelp sloshing in a channel, Curio Bay, The Catlins

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.

Curio Bay Campground – surf school landmark

Lake Wilkie walk (NZ South – The Catlins – Part 3)

Another beautiful day in the Catlins: these photos are all taken with my 60mm macro lens on the Lake Wilkie walk.

[click any photo for fullsize slideshow]

My other posts about the Catlins are here:  http://lightswimming.com/tags/the-catlins

Other posts from our fantastic NZ South holiday are here: http://lightswimming.com/category/nz-south/

McLean Falls (NZ South – The Catlins – Part 2)

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.

[click any photo for fullsize slideshow]

Other posts from our fantastic NZ South holiday are here: http://lightswimming.com/category/nz-south/

NZ South – The Catlins – Part 1

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.

Other posts from our fantastic NZ South holiday are here: http://lightswimming.com/category/nz-south/

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