2024 New Zealand Trip – Part 7

Christchurch – Dunedin – The Catlins – Invercargill

May 11

  • First day is a big drive. Head down to Tiramu and on to Katiki Beach By the water (great spot)
  • Sit by the water in chairs and watch and listen to the waves crash in
  • We’re exhausted. Connor is asleep by 8:30pm and I am only minutes behind.
  • First day is a big success.

May 12

  • Arrive at Dunedin at 12. Walk around for a bit and make a quick stop for a few supplies.
  • Check out the train station, court houses, the Octagon, Settlers’ Museum, and (entrance) of the Chinese Gardens.
  • Head to the Peninsula, grab fish and chips takeaway and eat seaside.
  • Around 2pm it was time to move on. Drive to the Caitlin and follow the scenic highway.
  • Stop at Purakauni Falls – quick 10-minute hike into a spectacular waterfall. As Connor stated, “We didn’t earn this.”
  • Drive on for another 45-minutes to Papatowai Campground; first DOC campground – nice facilities, communal kitchen, awesome beach on a ocean bay.
  • Long day – both felt a bit road weary but a good day

May 13

  • Drive along coast. Waterfall hike. Curio Bay
  • Lunch at Fort Rose? Grilled cheese and soup.
  • Drive to Invercargill. Walk in Queens Park. Aviary. Zoo.
  • Stop at Winton Golf Club for the night. Powered sites. Use of facilities.
  • Played 7 holes of golf with borrowed clubs!
  • Pizza on skillet in camper’s kitchen.
  • Talked with great neighbours. Gave great tips.
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