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Beach dragons and other coastal wonders at Nugget Point

Summer 12/13 roadie, day 8, part 2

For our second to last night of the trip Mike chose Nugget Point at the eastern end of the Catlins. Again he chose well and while not as fancy (or maybe just less modern) as our Curio Bay pad, Nugget Lodge was fantastic. The upstairs apartment gave us wonderful beach views out to the South Pacific Ocean.

As a bonus, we were back in range of both cellphone and 3G coverage. Through much of the Catlins you’re without either – which ain’t a bad thing.

The coastline here was more rugged and this provided a dramatic lighthouse setting as well as native habitats for seals and penguins. And on that note, after checking in we hustled back out into the car and up the road to see what we could find.

The walkway initially hugs the side of a huge steep hill before taking you along a ridge to the Nugget Point lighthouse

The walkway initially hugs the side of a huge steep hill before taking you along a ridge to the Nugget Point lighthouse

Far below the rugged rocks and beautiful water are home to NZ fur seals

Far below the rugged rocks and beautifully coloured, kelp-laden water are home to NZ fur seals

A seal nursery

Seal nursery

The lighthouse has operated since 1870 though of course now is automated

The lighthouse has operated since 1870 though of course is now automated

Meet the nuggets

Introducing the nuggets of Nugget Point

Basking seals surrounded by tentacles of bull kelp

Basking seals surrounded by tentacles of bull kelp

Seal, Nugget Point, Catlins

Just down from the lighthouse is a yellow eyed penguin viewing place

Just down from the lighthouse is a yellow eyed penguin viewing place

You're quite a distance from the YEPs here (moreso than at Curio Bay) so for any decent photos you need an enormous zoom lens

You’re quite a distance from the YEPs here (moreso than at Curio Bay) so for any decent photos you need an enormous zoom lens

Given we lacked grunty viewing equipment, and given we had penguin success at Curio Bay, we decided it wouldn’t be worth returning for the evening penguin migration from sea to land. Instead our attention turned to exploring the beach around our accommodation and partaking of beverages on our fine deck.

Looking over to the headland and lighthouse

Looking over to the headland and lighthouse

Beach at Nugget Point, Catlins

We found Puff the Magic Dragon all dressed up and gazing out to sea. Loved this guy.

We found Puff the Magic Dragon all dressed up and gazing out to sea. Loved this guy.

Beach at Nugget Point, Catlins

Trying to sneak around rocks on the incoming tide. Mike = win. Me = fail (freaked out by the piddly waves)

Trying to sneak around rocks on the incoming tide. Mike = win. Me = fail (freaked out by the piddly waves)

Old hut, Nugget Point, Catlins

Paua shell fence decorations

Paua shell fence decorations

Supertastic view from our deck at Nugget Lodge

Supertastic view from our deck at Nugget Lodge

In less than two days we’d be home and back to work. Aghh!

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Other stuff around Portsmouth: Southsea

The day after we went to the Royal Marines Museum we returned to Southsea as there were other things that we (or I at least) wanted to go back and see…

Dad and I visited the D-Day Museum

A couple of tanks are displayed on the roadside out front – quite the head turner as you drive past

First some lunch in the cafe before mum left us to it

Flags outside the museum

The old defences blend in with seaside life today

A waterfront walkway is one of the best assets a city can have I reckon

Sea wall. Not sure if the many rows of steel ‘rungs’ were used back in the day to assist transiting between water and land, or perhaps they’re just reinforcing

One of four sea forts built in the Solent, the strait between the English mainland and the Isle of Wight. They were never used for their designed purpose. Three are now owned by a company which is developing two as luxury accommodation and one a museum

A seaside rotunda

Southsea Castle is a fortress built in the 1500s cos King Henry VIII wanted it

The castle’s dry moat

The lighthouse is a relatively recent addition

Southsea Beach, a pebbly affair, with the pier in the background

The South Parade Pier, still going strong despite three big fires over the years. It became a er ‘pleasure pier’ (as the website calls it) in the early 1900s

Further along beside Clarence Pier is this plaque and also the depot for the Isle of Wight hovercraft, though naturally none obliged to hover in onto the beach while I stood around

Swans on Canoe Lake, real ones and your classic pedal boat variety

I do love a good line up of changing sheds

We visited the Royal Marines Museum the day before but this time the Yomper was wearing a flag. Love this statue

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