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The Catlins, forests and falls

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.
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Catlins,McLean Falls trail
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McLean Falls, Catlins

 

McLean Falls, Catlins
McLean Falls, Catlins
McLean Falls, Catlins

 

McLean Falls, Catlins
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