Wharariki Beach

The track to Wharariki Beach is about 20 minutes over farm paddocks and through a section of coastal forest, before arriving at the beautiful windswept coast. The best time to visit is at low tide, when you can walk the length of the beach and take in spectacular coastlines, caverns, islands, and enormous sand dunes…

Ohau Point Seals

On a recent trip to Blenheim we were so pleased to see the seal pups at Ohau point,  north of Kaikoura. This area was severely damaged by the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016 and we wondered if the seal pups would ever return. Luckily they have and although the Ohau stream walk is still closed (as…

Catlins Sea lion pups 2019

I thought you might like these photos of the 2019 season’s New Zealand sea lion pups around Jacks Bay and the Catlins Lake area. We think there were around 7 but hard to tell as they move around a bit. Anyway we feel very privileged to have been able to watch them grow up over…

Burnett Quarry Reserve

LIMESTONE QUARRY – BURNETT QUARRY RESERVE Heading back to Mt Somers from the Ashburton lakes we noticed a small bridge and sign on the side of the road and stopped to investigate. It was a small reserve with a Limestone cottage well worth a visit.

Nelson Creek

Nelson Creek We thought the camp site at Nelson Creek would be a good spot for a couple of days exploring the surrounding area, which it was but we had no idea what an interesting place it is with a great camp site and walks.