Drive to Queenstown

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A very large sea lion on the beach

After a snug night, we reluctantly packed up and were once again on our way. Today we were heading for Queenstown, the adventure capital of NZ. We continued along the Catlins coast, and stopped off at Waipapa Point. Here we were at one of the most southerly points of the South Island. A lighthouse stood just before the beach, where there were Hooker sealions and notices warning you not to get too close to them (apparently they have been known to chase and bite people!) This really is beautiful coastline, crashing waves and remote beaches. We watched two sealions swimming together quite close to the shore, and then noticed one asleep on the beach. As we got closer to it, it started to move, and we were a bit wary! They are a lot bigger than you expect.

The rest of the day was spent driving to Queenstown, passing through Invercargill, a large settlement. We drove along  Lake Wakatipu for about 50km before reaching QT, found a campsite and pitched the tent. Went for a wander in the town. It is very touristy here, but still has a good feel to it. People flock here for the adrenalin filled activities it is famous for: bungy-jumping, sky-diving, white-water rafting,etc. We ate out, and then had a wander around the shops before an early night.

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A very large sea lion on the beach
A very large sea lion on the beach
A sea lion in the sea
A sea lion in the sea
The Kingston Flyer
The Kingston Flyer
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
photo by: genetravelling