Cosy Nook – is a beautiful spot on the South coast of the South Island.
A few years ago we stayed here in the caravan, we parked in a great spot looking over this beautiful bay at the scenery and beautiful sunsets. We decided to call in to Cosy Nook again after a recent visit to Lake Hauroko (see post), we couldn’t have picked a better day, blue sky, no wind and really warm.
The true name of this cove is Mullet Bay, now a cosy place with a few cribs (holiday home, batch) it used to be a safe haven for fishing boats, sheltering from the rough weather of Foveaux Strait. The bay was named by Captain George Thomson after his homeland Scottish village Cozy Neuk.
Half a kilometer east of the cove used to be a thriving Maori village of Pahia. About 40 of the tribe drowned when their waka (Maori watercraft, usually canoes) sank on the way back from the Muttonbird islands in the mid 1820’s. Looking over the bay towards the access road The road literally winds through a group of cribs which are sheltered from the Southerly winds. What a great place to spend your holiday! This boat hadn’t been used for a while, it was full of water.
The rail tracks were used to haul the fishing boats out of the water on a cradle. Looking across the bay These places couldn’t get much closer to the road, you feel like you are driving through someones garden.
Cool little hut complete with security light on the right hand side, Although it was a beautiful still day when we visited, the weather along this coast can be very rough!! You can imagine the fishing boats coming in and out of the bay to shelter from the bad weather.
How to get there: It takes about 50 minutes to drive to Cosy Nook from Invercargill, via state highway 99, through Riverton and past Colac Bay, There are lots of interesting places to see along this part of the coast, Gem Stone beach, Monkey Island, Colac Bay, Riverton etc. But that’s for another day – watch this space.