South direction to Gore, a straight run from one side of the country to the other, meet the Americans of Arizona, Bill and Nancy again in a coffee shop in the middle of Gore, what are the chances… funny. Down to the coast, Waipapa Lighthouse with Sea lions lying on the beach. Along the gravel road to the southern most point in NZ. Slope Point, Meet Finnish guy who is traveling around the world on a motorbike for four years ! Camp at Curio bay near Waikawa. Set among the dunes and protected by tall plants, next to the sandy bay where dolphins swim. Around the corner is a cove with yellow eyed penguins, we watched them come ashore in the evening to feed their chicks, lucky to see seven and a pair. In the rock face, visible at low tide is a petrified Forest, stumps and logs, difficult to make out at first, spent the evening looking for dolphins….sundown at 10.30 still light an hour later, sun up at 5…don`t sleep much.28.12.2013
The Royal Albatross Center on the Ortega Peninsula
Returned in the morning to the beach to see in the distance Hector dolphins in the surf, endangered species, so feel lucky to see them.
Take the Southern Scenic Tourist Route towards Dunedin. Drive out to the Royal Albatross Center on the Ortega Peninsula.
Take the high road through the villages in the fog, visibility poor, head back down to join the road which snakes around the headland, the road bounded by the sea, interesting drive. Visit the center to see Albatrosses sitting on their eggs, four within range. Younger Albatrosses circle around occasionally on the wind. Recommend the café. North towards . Sea fog and drizzle dampens the experience of Oamaura a bit creepy at night, walk via the park into the center, head for the historic center, older disused grain warehouses which have been party taken over by artists, and antique shops, at night it feels empty and creepy.
Old town pub with poor food, wander to the harbour waterfront see some penguins but gave the guided tour a miss, thankfully. it rained… early start.29.12.2013
Old Town Oamaura