Friday, 16 March 2012

The New Zealand Diaries: No.7 - Golden Nuggets!

If I could take anything away from my trip to New Zealand, it would be the fantastic, picturesque scenery of the South Island. Golden beaches, deep blue oceans and cloudless skies. Sounds like heaven right?

Which is why a three day trip to the Catlins was magical. Like walking through a fairytale, the trip was magical. The sun was shining, the atmosphere was calm and the views were to die for.

Nugget Point, on our first stop across the Catlins, is on the coast, one of the iconic points on the Otago coastline. A walk along the side of the mountain brought us out by a lighthouse, where you can view the Nuggets.

The Nuggets are a 'collection' of boulders forming a bay, and are teaming with wildlife. Dolphins, seals and penguins are often found frolicking in the surf, surrounded by various sea birds and fish. I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a family of seals sunbathing on the rocks, as well as a pod of dolphins swimming majestically towards the horizon.

The lighthouse is the focal point at Nugget Point, with a panoramic view of the nuggets and the side of the mountain. The sun glimmers off the clear blue sea, and makes for a beautiful picture. Camera's are recommended.

The footpath to the lighthouse is both scenic and educational, with various stop off points on route with information points. It's great for families who want a free, adventurous and memorable day out. I cannot stress enough however, do not forget your camera!

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