Sea weed (kelp), like human hair
View of the Pacific Ocean and coastline, Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin
A shag in the crevice of a rock caring for its little ones.
A sea cave, the hole shaped by waves and wind
Purakaunui Waterfall, New Zealand
Another view of the Purakaunui Waterfall
A yellow eyed Penguin (Hoiho in Maori). This is one of the rarest species of penguins. It was a rare sighting and we were extraordinarily lucky to view one in this trip in the wild.
Curio Bay, South Island, New Zealand. This area is a petrified forest, with fossils of trees that are as old as 180 million years.
Mclean Falls, New Zealand
Sign at the Whistling Frog restaurant near McLean Falls (it's a great restaurant, good food, great ambience)
Cathedral Caves, Catlins, NZ
Walls of the Cathedral Caves, these are only approached in low tide
View from inside of the Cathedral Caves
Cathedral Cave, front view
View of islands from the Nugget Point (these are island "nuggets") inhabited by only penguins (in season), gulls, seals, sea lions, sea gulls, ...
View of the Nuggets from the foot of the lighthouse
View of the nuggets as fog rolled in the evening
Lighthouse, Nugget Point, Catlins, NZ; 4000 kilometers away on the other side is Antarctica, in between the roaring 40s (40 degrees latitude to the south)
this is a trunk of a fossilized tree. Volcanic ashes entred the xylem and phloem of these trees and turned them into rocks which fell over. There is an entire forest of such trees, over 180 million years old in that coast.
A penguin in the rock
Islands in the Pacific from Nugget Point, Catlins. None of these are inhabited by humans
A sea lion getting back to the ocean, Surat Bay, Catlins
A seal enjoying itself, Jack's Bay, Catlins, NZ
A rare yellow eyed penguin (hoiho) in the crevice of a rock, Jack's Bay, NZ
Fossilized wood, Jack's Bay