Taonga (treasures) from our Southern Summer Safari


Two images I took during our trip to the Catlins. Sadly we didn’t make it to Rakiura (Stewart) Island, they had swells of four meters (I cannot even think of that without feeling queasy…) and rain by the bucketful, so we spent more time in Te Anau, Gore, Moeraki and Oamaru… For those of you who have absolutely NO idea where these places are – take a look at this map, or go Google!

Anyway, here are two images – the first is a fern I saw in a place called ‘Long Hilly’, or ‘Round Hill’. Long Hilly was the name given to it by Chinese miners in the late 1880’s. It’s reasonably close to Clifton, but a little further south.
Fern at Long Hilly
Head to here for more information on the Chinese goldminers…
This one is one of the most photographed waterfalls in New Zealand I swear – Purakaunui, which is in the Catlins (here for more information). My shot doesn’t really do justice to it I’m afraid, but I did have fun!
Purakaunui Falls

If you ever get a chance to travel to see these places – you won’t regret it!

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