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The Catlins

The 3-hour drive from Te Anau to Kaka Point, on the east coast of the South Island, ended up taking us 10 hours with stops.

First stop was Invercargill, where we visited the museum, which houses the infamous Henry the 118 year old Tuatara who rose to fame after becoming a father for the first time at the ripe age of 111 yrs old. The species is 220 million years old, the longest surviving reptile and the only extant link to the evolution of reptiles. There wasn’t much else to do in Invercargill to be honest, but it was a good pit-stop before our drive through the Catlins.

In the Catlins we stopped at Mclean Falls, Matai Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Purakaunui Falls. We also went to Waipapa Point Lighthouse, New Zealand main island’s most southern point (Slope Point), and finally, Nugget Point Lighthouse, on the east coast, where I captured a killer sunset & sunrise the next day.

Male New Zealand Sea Lion at Waipapa Point

Sea Lion at Waipapa Point Lighthouse

Waipapa Point Lighthouse, home of NZ’s deadliest shipwreck

Mclean Falls

Horseshoe Falls

Purakaunui Falls

Walking in the rain

The threatened Yellow-eyed Penguin near Nugget Point

Sunset at Nugget Point

The Nugget Point sunrise was epic

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