John and I drove to the Catlins last weekend which are about an hour and a half drive South of Dunedin. There was rain in the forecast but we decided to go anyway.
The Catlins are known for their water falls, their costal views and their dense rain forests. We visited Purakaunui Falls first.
Very beautiful, not as small as we hoped but we especially liked to walk through basically a rain forest. Very cool.
We also visited Matai Falls not too far away. And it was also a really nice walk. Very relaxing day.
On the way home we decided to stop by Nugget Point which is supposed to be a common place to see seals and penguins. We had no idea it was going to be such a beautiful view point of the coast. At first we saw that it was a 900 m walk and it felt like rain was coming. But we were so glad that we went. We did get to see seals but from very far away. We could see from the lighthouse a pool of them playing down among the rocks.
We still havn't seen penguins officially. We believe we saw one in the form of road kill while on the peninsula but we won't count that...
I'm off today (Friday). I finished my short 4 day work contract and now awaiting the call for a new job hopefully starting next week.