Otago

Exploring the Catlins – New Zealanders playing as tourists – part 2

Stinkhorn fungi and flies, Catlins, Otago, NZ

Prior to this five day trip down the length of the coastline south of Dunedin known as the Catlins, my knowledge was limited to widely spaced out experiences such as an outdoor first aid course at the largest town Osaka, a school trip to a camp at Pounawea, a marvellous tramping and bushcraft training trip…

Exploring the Catlins – New Zealanders playing as tourists – part 1

Catlins Estuary sunset

While composing the first of three posts [too many photos for one] on this southern Otago coast-line what comes to mind is shipwrecks! This, because of spending an hour or two in the museum at Owaka, and if I recall correctly there have been dozens of them [an on-line search will easily bring up the…

Skink population quadrupled | Otago Daily Times Online News

top: View of the Upper Clutha Valley from the Grandview Mountains Very happy to hear this news. A group of us volunteers trap an extensive steep rocky area in the Grandview Mountains between the Lindis, Tarras and Wanaka to protect the same species. Recently about 80 were captured and translocated to other areas in Otago. The…

Dunedin to the east of Wanaka, and Haast to the west

In the last few weeks I’ve been fortunate to visit both the east and west coasts of the South Island – so coast-to-coast. This was originally a green broadleaf growing on the banks of the Ellery River in South Westland… And on the other side of the island, we have the lighthouse at Tairoa Heads…