May 2016 saw me off to the South Island for a late Autumn holiday with my family (Son and Daughter in law) They live in Christchurch and I try to see them at least twice a year now that I am retired. Back in January we had planned a holiday down to the very southern parts of the island We were all excited as none of us had ventured past Dunedin or Queenstown. We set off on a fine Saturday for an area called ” The Catlins” it is on the east coast south of Dunedin and Balclutha. Well known for penguins and wild scenic parks and lots of photo opportunities. My son is an avid photographer and as you know I like taking photos too. We stayed in a nice bach right on the beach at Kaka Point for tor two nights, how lovely to go to sleep with the sounds of the sea washing against the shore.
Sunday was Mothers day and it was so lovely to have it with my family as we could not remember when we were last all together on Mothers day many many years ago anyway. Waking up to the sound of the ocean, being spoilt with a yummy breakfast and a card and gift of a snuggly merino wool wrap for those colder days and nights was wonderful. Then off we set to visit lots of the special places we had been reading about. Wild and windswept in parts and forest and waterfalls in others. There had not been much rain so the water falls were low but still beautiful and we found an amazing mirror lake tucked away down a short walk. No penguins or seals as it did not seem to be the right time but the bird song in the bush was delightful. I was also treated to a lovely lunch. We travelled all around the area, saw great views, trees sculptured out of shape by the fierce southern winds and even a quirky Tea pot Garden.
After a great day out we headed back to Kaka Point for rest and relaxation before setting off the next day for our second destination. Lake Te Anau.