New Zealand Day 18 – Kaka Point

The day dawned dry and remained that way, though it was overcast but warmer than yesterday. We drove out to Nugget Point this morning and walked out to the lighthouse. The view is fantastic and there’s a fur seal colony at the base of the cliffs. It was quite easily to see the seals, even though they were a long way down below us. The view of the nuggets from in front of the lighthouse is beautiful.

From there we drove down to Cannibal Bay – I don’t know why it has that name. A walk along the beach brought us close to 4 Sea Lions. They are huge! They also spend most of their time on the beach sleeping. We did see a small amount of movement, flippers waving and throwing sand over their backs, rolling over and raising heads to look around. A short walk through the dunes took us to Surat Bay where we saw a few more Sea Lions. Amazing creatures, we got lots of photos and hopefully some good video.

We had lunch at a café in Owaka then drove to what we were told are the most photographed waterfalls in New Zealand. Purakaunui Falls are apparently on most scenic calendars. The walk in to the falls was a short, pretty rainforest walk and the falls are quite pretty, but far from the best falls we’ve seen. They didn’t live up to the hype as far as we were concerned, but nevertheless they are nice to see. There was also some very enticing and musical birdsong along the walk – no sign of the singer, though.

Our exploration ended with a drive into Balclutha for a quick supermarket trip and then back to the B&B for a cuppa and to download the photos from the camera before tea.

Tomorrow we move on to Oamaru; there’s no need for us to get up too early because it’s only a couple of hours drive (without any side-trips and photo stops).

View North From Nugget Point to Kaka Point

View North From Nugget Point to Kaka Point

Nugget Point Lighthouse and The Nuggets

Nugget Point Lighthouse and The Nuggets

The View From Nugget Point Track

The View From Nugget Point Track

Fur Seals at Nugget Point

Fur Seals at Nugget Point

The Nuggets

The Nuggets

View South From the Lighthouse

View South From the Lighthouse

View South From the Lighthouse

View South From the Lighthouse

Sea Lion at Cannibal Bay

Sea Lion at Cannibal Bay

At Cannibal Bay with Sea Lions

At Cannibal Bay with Sea Lions

Sea Lion at Cannibal Bay

Sea Lion at Cannibal Bay

Flipping Sand at Cannibal Bay

Flipping Sand at Cannibal Bay

Cannibal Bay

Cannibal Bay

Whiskers

Whiskers

Cannibal Bay

Cannibal Bay

Sea Lions at Surat Bay

Sea Lions at Surat Bay

Sea Lions at Surat Bay

Sea Lions at Surat Bay

A Big Older Sea Lion at Surat Bay

A Big Older Sea Lion at Surat Bay

Sea Lions at Surat Bay

Sea Lions at Surat Bay

At Surat Bay with Sea Lions

At Surat Bay with Sea Lions

Amongst the Flax and Lupins on the track from Cannibal Bay to Surat Bay

Amongst the Flax and Lupins on the track from Cannibal Bay to Surat Bay

Tuis Carved from Tree Fern Trunks on a Fence at Owaka

Tuis Carved from Tree Fern Trunks on a Fence at Owaka

Purakaunui Falls

Purakaunui Falls

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