Day 35 – More of the Catlins Peninsula!

Day two of exploring all the nooks and crannies of the Catlins Peninsula.

I peaked out of the curtains of the camper van as I wondered what the pink light was and saw a gorgeous start to the day.

I really did luck out with this campsite, it’s a bit quirky but the location was fantastic.  Located right in the Surat Bay which then winds round into Newhaven beach.

I wanted another walk along the beach before leaving with the hope of seeing the sea lions that are known to live on this beach.  I was in luck.  About twenty minutes along the beach I could see a few mounds so I went to see if they really were sea lions.  There were four in total, all fast asleep, two together and the other two on their own.  The silvery grey one was a baby (I’d been told).

So a wondrous start to the day.  I Ieft the campsite heading to Jack’s Blowhole which was in Jack’s Bay.

Most of these attractions along the Catlins Peninsula were off track so Beast and I had quite a bit of fun going along those tracks.  Although I’m not sure he will ever recover!

Jack and his Blowhole was pretty interesting.  It was a twenty minute hike from the Bay and then you come across a subterranean tunnel where sea water surges through and sprays out of the sixty meter deep blowhole.  Pretty impressive!

Then onto Nugget Point, the last stop of my Catlins Peninsula tour.  Another lighthouse built in 1869.  Certainly not as pretty as the one at Waipapa Point as it had fencing all the way around.  The views of Roaring Bay were pretty nice though.

Then up the coast towards Dunedin.

This was Beast’s resting place at Surat Bay for the night – not too shabby.

Number of times stalled the van = 0

Number of times been honked at = 0

Number of kms today = 165kms

Cumulative kms to date = 4209

Firsts for today: Seeing Jack and his blowhole & Roaring Bay!

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