Our South Island Adventure Day Eleven

Bluff to Waikawa

Today was a slow scenic tour through the area known as the Catlins. We visited Waipapa Point, the site of one of NZ’s worst commercial maritime disasters. In 1881 131 souls were lost when the Tararua, sailing from Port Chalmers (Dunedin) to Melbourne via Bluff, founded on the reef. As a result, a lighthouse was built. Below the lighthouse we saw one lone sea lion sleeping on the sand.

From here we travelled on to Slope Point which is the southernmost point of the South Island. After this we stopped at Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay to view the petrified forest on the beach, but alas, no yellow-eyed penguins or dolphins.

Our final stop for the day was at Waikawa where we were amazed at the accommodation we were able to acquire at such short notice. However we were not able to connect to the internet using WiFi and have no cellphone service. But we can’t have everything!

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Thy works; I muse on the work of Thy hands. Psalm 143:5 (KJV)