Before heading out to New Zealand, I finished watching the HBO series Big Little Lies, and I mention this only because I became obsessed with the theme song! Do you ever get an earworm when you visit a specific place, and your brain decides that that seemingly random song must be your life's theme for that location? Well, I do, and any time we saw the ocean in New Zealand - which was quite a bit since it's, you know, two islands and all - this song would start playing on repeat in my head. So I hope that you'll play it as you read and look through this because (a.) it's amazing, and (b.) I feel like it somehow perfectly encapsulates the feeling of being at the coast, overlooking the point where water meets land.
Nugget Point Lighthouse was basically our main and only reason for spending time in the Catlins, but I'm so glad that we did. The area was was, as you could expect, beautiful and full of rolling hills that were a bit reminiscent of Upstate NY. We got an early start in this direction after the weather nixed planned hiking and kayaking in the Fjordlands, but aside from getting to the lighthouse barely in time for sunset, we spent the afternoon chilling and trying to recuperate a little after the exhaustion of a week and a half of road tripping. This nomadic lifestyle mixed with sporadic outdoor activities was more exhausting than I'd anticipated, and at this point, we were both mentally hollowed out people, surviving on the adrenaline that comes with seeing new places and being surrounded by incredible landscapes.
Aside from a brief jaunt to the lighthouse, a quick stroll to the beach in the morning, and perhaps too much lounging about, we did manage to squeeze in some horseback riding. I do not have any photos, but if you're looking to do some riding, I would highly recommend the place we went with, Catlins Horse Riding. They were able to accommodate us super last minute, and the ride was tailored to our individual skill levels, how long we wanted to ride, and what types of scenery we wanted to see.
Date: April 2017
Camera: Canon 6D