Curio Bay - Yellow Eyed Penguins and a Petrified Forest.

A day-trip from Dunedin that is well worth the time is to Curio Bay on the coastal road; there are in fact many stops along the way on this road (The Catlins) and we will plan to allow more time to explore it more thoroughly next time - although perhaps not from Dunedin due to the BORING hour-long drive to get to the start of the road through the usual endless industrial sheep-farms.

The bay is famous because of its extensive petrified forest which is worth seeing.

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The reason why this place will remain in our memories for a very long time however is not the waves and forest, impressive though they were. No, it was what happened just as we were about to leave...

A lady came dashing towards the steps from the beach as we climbed them shouting to people still on the beach to 2please stay away, give him room" etc. Odd..

O MY GOD! I must admit I really did say that....

A Yellow-eyed Penguin (super-rare and rushing towards extinction) was ambling up the `beach` towards us. It proceeded to walk (stopping occasionally to preen) straight past us well-within reach of the lens. This was a privilege....

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He finally ambled up to the surrounding vegetation (the disappearance of which is a major problem - farming again) to scape the sun and digest his fish breakfast.

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Sleep well!

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