Travels around NZ: 11 Year Anniversary Road Trip to the Catlins!

To celebrate our 11 year anniversary Dom and I decided to go a a short weekend roadie to Riverton and the Catlins…  We visited both places back in 2005 and wanted to see how things had changed…  Like everything in NZ, a LOT had!  However, it was all still beautiful – like Cornwall without the crowds as my Mum would say!   Long story short, we had a blast, saw lots of wildlife, ate yummy food, played a few hundred games of s***head, took lots of cheesy photos, drove over 800 kms and celebrated the start of our 11th year together (my my doesn’t time fly)!!

Cheese time first…

Surat Bay  - Sea Lion Colony and beautiful beach…

Riverton, when the sun came out…

The Beach House – pretty much the only decent place to eat here and the main reason we came back!…

After a yummy anniversary dinner the night before we returned for brekkie.  Whilst eating a pod of 20-30 dolphins swam past, amazing!

Sea lions at Waipapa Point…

Curio Bay…

Our friend Cecil, who had a lazy day sleeping 4 metres from our van at Curio campsite!

Yellow-eyed penguins…

Possum (alive for once)…

More sea lions…

View from our camping spot…

Some random snaps taken along the way…


Things Dom mocked along the way (and I secretly agreed)…
1. People who get a postbox made to match their house
2. People who start painting something then randomly stop halfway through
3. Wicked camper vans with cringeworthy things graffitied all over them – don’t even consider hiring one unless you want to look like a complete goon!  We even saw one saying “anorexia is PHAT”.  Yes, “PHAT”.  I rest my case.
Happy Sunday!  Helen x

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