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.
Slope Point is the southernmost point on the South Island of New Zealand unless you go to Stewart Island. The site is accessible by an easy a 20 minute walk across private farmland. The views of the surrounding ocean and coastline off of the point’s steep rugged cliffs are spectacular and on a clear day you can see Waipapa Point light house and Stewart Island.
Some of the trees here are perpetually warped and windswept.
Note: Dog access is NOT allowed as you’ll be walking through private farmland to get to the point.
Looking south towards Stewart Island
Waipapa Point light house and Stewart Island in the distance
A yellow AA signpost shows the distance to the equator and the south pole from this point
It was such a beautiful day we also stopped off at Curio Bay (see post), Waipapa point light house (see post) and had lunch at Waikawa (see lunch spot post)
Curio bay right and the petrified forest left.
Looking over the petrified forest – Curio Bay
Waipapa point lighthouse
Lunch at Waikawa wharf – fish and chips form the Blue Cod Blues caravan at Waikawa