Continuing the theme of the “Camelot” magic of the Catlins.
We spent three nights at Nugget Beach at a wonderful place, the Nugget Lodge. I had reserved a room at this two unit motel four months earlier, and 8,000 miles away. I was thrilled to arrive and see this incredible beach. I really had no idea that a choice from an internet site would turn out so spectacular.
The first picture shows Pauline, our gracious hostess, pointing out the beach. We stayed in the “Sea Lion” unit. We would watch sea lions on the beach in the late afternoon and early morning. Nugget Lighthouse framed the view in the other direction. An isolated beach lay below the road to the lighthouse. From a blind above the beach, we could watch yellow eyed penguins come ashore in the early evening.
I walked the beach early each morning. Sunrises were superb. A storm blew in the last morning—wind and light rain. I had planned to stay indoors. Fortunately Meg wanted to take a walk nonetheless. Unbelievably, a full rainbow appeared, giving us an unforgettable memory and confirming that you must be “there,” despite the weather, if you want memorable images.
The beach has become my mental retreat location where I can truly renew myself with its serenity and memories of deep and stimulating time shared there with Meg. We will come again.
There is a “Camelot” feel to the Catlins in the far southern coast of South Island, New Zealand. Meg and I had never visited this location. It is remote and sparsely populated by some of the kindest, most self reliant New Zealanders we have met in our ten years of traveling this wonderful country.
Rugged coasts with long deserted beaches, rocky coastlines with high breaking waves, endless green hills, many filled with sheep, dense fern and tree forests with paths leading to waterfalls. and marine life such as sea lions, penguins, dolphins make the allure of the Catalans irresistible.
Based at Nugget Point Lodge on the beach of the same name, we explored the beautiful and lush fern forest that led to McLean Falls. This walk/hike was one of the most delightful and emotionally invigorating we have taken in New Zealand. The trail was cool and damp, with wonderful surprises of mosses, ferns, trees and small streams before we reached the falls themselves. Hopefully, we can visit again.
“You are created because of love and you are given unconditional love. That is who you are: a beloved one and one who has love to share.
“The voice that Jesus heard at his baptism was an incredible affirmation from God: ‘You are my beloved Son. My favor rests on you.’
“That voice made it possible for Jesus to go into the world, to live in the truth and also to suffer. He knew the truth, he claimed it, and he walked in the word. People ruined his life by rejecting him and hurting him, by spitting on him and finally killing him on the cross, but he never lost the truth. He lived his joy and his pain under the blessing of the Father. He never lost his truth. God loved him unconditionally and no could take that from him.” Henri Nouwen
We are NOT defined by society’s demands, by the movie/television ads, even by our friends. God’s never ending love is where we find a strength and our comfort, and beloved-ness.
Vigorous seas, whipped by Antarctic winds, can make offshore seafaring dangerous, and on onshore life challenging at Nugget Point and the Catlin beaches. Yet most of the time calm dominates. The scenic beaches are serene, and the residents resilient.
Nothing but open seas and Antartica lie beyond Nugget Point and the Nugget Point lighthouse, located in the Catlins of South Island, New Zealand. The intriguing vertical stripes of the rock stacks and cliffs are layers of sedimentary rock that formed horizontally under the sea, then uplifted and tilted over time. The “nuggets” are some of these sedimentary rocks the jut along side Nugget Point Lighthouse and out in front of it. Rugged, rugged, lonely, lonely. A long ways from home, and strikingly beautiful !!
Nugget Point Lighthouse, Catlins
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Nugget Point Lighthouse, Catlins
Nugget Point Lighthouse, Catlins, New Zealand spoonbills
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