|My first trip to The Catlins - with James in 2004.|
This weekend we (James, Nick, Kelly and myself) headed down to The Catlins. It was Nick's idea, as the surf at Purakanui Bay was supposed to be perfect. I don't surf -- but any reason is a good one to head down to The Catlins.
|Nick and Kelly's tent at our camp site.|
|Kelly walking at Purakanui Bay.|
The Catlins is the name of a region south of Dunedin. Hills covered in dense temperate rainforest roll right down to the edge of stunning, seemingly untouched beaches. Until very recently, the only main road through the region was gravel. Most of the smaller roads are still narrow and gravel, undulating and curving with the landscape. Travel along these roads, from a scenic waterfall, to ocean side caves, to an inland walk, is slow. And gorgeous.