Slope Point

We had been to Slope point a few times but it was either blowing a howling gale and raining or the walk was closed for lambing. This was about the best day we had over the 2021 Christmas break so we made the most of it.

Harwoods Hole

After an 11km drive on a reasonably good gravel road (Cannan Road) we arrived at the Cannan carpark and the start of the walk to Harwoods hole.

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.