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Published: January 29th 2011
Our second and final day in the Catlins. We headed out in sunshine to complete our Catlins visit and arrive in Dunedin. First of all we visited Lake Wilkie, a sort of homage to how quickly rainforest can grow, was just a short walk but interesting. Next was the Matai and Horseshoe falls. I took a tripod with me to have a play with my neutral density filter so I got some long exposure shots of these two, then we went to Purakanui falls but by this stage the clouds had gathered and it was raining hard so Helen decided to stay in the car for this one so I went alone! Next was the Tunnel Hill, an old abandoned railway tunnel hand carved out of the mountain in the 1800’s to allow timber trains to run. Was quite interesting to see the handiwork, the entire thing was done with picks and shovels. From there we headed to nugget point, yet another lighthouse and, again, Helen decided against the almost 2km there and back walk. I was glad I went, though, as I saw seals on the shore for this one. We then stopped at Roaring Bay, which has a purpose
built hide to allow you to watch the penguins, but there were none to be found and so we then decided to head, in the rain, for Dunedin, and find our camp site. We did so without too many mishaps but, after waiting 20 minutes to see if the rain was going to ease up, we ended up having to put the tent up in the rain, and, despite our best efforts, there was, of course, some wet patches inside the inner compartment, so hopefully we’ll get some sunshine tomorrow to dry it out a bit! Needless to say, 20 minutes later it stopped raining! We headed into Dunedin itself and just drove around for a while, before grabbing some food and heading back for an early night. Have 2 nights booked here at the moment, and there looks to be lots to see and do so might well be a few more days needed! Hoping for sunny weather tomorrow!
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