Archive for November, 2011

Alexandra, the town not the daughter!

November 22, 2011

Roxburgh, toodle pip, we did enjoy staying

pinders pondPinders Pond, Roxburgh

Probably the flashest toilets so far seen.  Right in the centre of the town with easy access.

toilets 1Flash public loos in Roxburgh

toilet 2and the door control system.

There have been three bridges across the river at Roxburgh.  The first was washed away in the late 1880s when the Clyde bridge made its way down the river in a huge flood taking three lower bridges with it.

 todays bridgeThe ‘new’ latest bridge from Roxburgh

old bridgeRemains of the first bridge looking from the new bridge

Instead of following the main road up to Alexandra we decided to go up the other side of the river to head over the Roxburgh Dam

Roxburgh Dam 2Roxburgh Dam from below the spillway

Roxburgh Dam 1On top of the Dam looking downstream

 

BoomTop of the Roxburgh dam, and debris caught up in the boom.

Then back onto the main road travelling through some stunning country before coming across Butchers Dam, just a few kms out of Alexandra.

Parked 1parking spot at Butchers Dam, surrounded by Thyme.

We headed down to the waters edge and decided to park up here for a day or two where we can watch the fish jumping, enjoy the sunshine and relax….oh yes, isn’t that what we do best?

Lake 1and this is the view out of the door of the van.

Japanese 1and this was the view out of the back window, a Japanese couple having their wedding photos taken!

The RAV was unhitched so we could go exploring, first stop was to Mitchells Cottage, Fruitlands.  Here we came across the most unusual fence posts seen around the country.   Hewn out of the local stone these have been in place for the past 100 years.

fence post 3fence post 1fence post 2

The remains of the Blacksmith shed built into and forming part of the stone wall surrounding the property

blacksmith 2

front

Front of Mitchells cottage

back

Rear of the cottage

 

sun dialBernice admires the handiwork of the original settlers who created this flat surface to act as the base of a sundial.  Unfortunately the gnomon and hour markings are long gone.

sundial 2

Signs of drilling in the rocks near the house show where stone has been quarried for the house and surrounding buildings.

blast 

Returning to the parking area Roy took off on one of his strolls, around the lake above Butchers Dam

irrigationThe outlet that takes water from the dam through a tunnel to water races for irrigation

 dam 3 The dam is some 68 metres high with a narrow top with a walkway across it

 

lake 2  View from the opposite side of the lake

parked Yes that is us on the other side

picked over bonesRemains of a rabbit on top of a rock

teazles Teazlesthyme 1And of course the large areas of wild thyme

On Tuesday we made our way back to Oamaru, where we are now stationary for a while.

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Owaka and Balclutha

November 13, 2011

Thursday.

Left Waikawa this morning heading toward Papatowai.  Decided that we needed to head toward Balclutha to see about repairs to the stabilisers as we are unable to extend the slide-out without a stable platform.

Before we got there we were going to look at Tautuku Beach as a possible stopping point.  However we flagged it as the book said it was a narrow drive in and it did not show a symbol for large vehicles.  We did get a good sight of the beach further along and now wished we had perhaps unhooked and explored.

 puraukanui Bay Tautuku Beach

Papatowai did not provide much of a prospect as likely parking spots were well marked as No Camping.  However we did visit Lost Gypsy  a man designing and building all sorts of intriguing automaton .  There was any number of items to enthral the smallest boy (or at least bring him out in the older one of the party).  There are a number of movies of his work at http://wn.com/Papatowai

Look at The Gypsy Bus and Moving Sculpture in particular.  It is definitely worth a visit for anyone travelling past.   The location is easily recognisable from this character standing on the side of the road.

P1040806 Greetings to allP1040807 The Lost Gypsy bus museum

P1040810 One of the larger sculptures

So continued across the bridge to McLennan and then decided to have a look at Purakaunui Beach.  On the way we decided to visit the Purakaunui Falls.  This involved parking the van at McLennan unhooking the car and driving off into the wilderness, well it felt like that.  We arrived at the spot and then had a walk in the bush to the falls.  On the way we spotted these falls which shamed the Niagara Falls previously mentioned near Waikawa. 

niagara

However further on we did come to the Purakaunui Falls.

purakaunui 2

On the way back came across this tree.  The trunk at the lower level is completely hollow, but there must be enough left for it to support the growth of the quite large trunk above the splits.

hollow bernice

Back to McLennan by a different and faster route and decided to continue on to Owaka.  We thought of camping at Jacks Bay as we had been told it was a good spot.  On the map it showed that there was a bridge between the road to Jacks Bay and Pounawea which would provide a short cut back to Owaka.  Drove out to Jacks Bay but there was only a small parking area suitable for shorter vehicles than ours and it was occupied.  So across the bridge to Pounawea.  But no, the bridge had a weight restriction, we would have been 150% of the allowable weight, so instead of an easy 6km to Owaka it turned into a 14km trip.  Live and learn.

Nothing at Owaka so looked at two possible sites, an LCP (Low Cost Parking) and a POP (Park over Place) between there and Balclutha.  Set out according to the book and ended up at the intersection for the LCP without having seen hide nor hair of the POP.  So off to Ahuriri Flat Road and LCP 2217  where we found very hospitable host.  The wind was extremely strong but we managed to park on the grass, and proceeded to settle in.  The owner, Kevin, popped his head through the door to give us some free range eggs and to invite us along for happy hour.  During the ensuing conversation, Kevin mentioned that he built motorhomes, and it came up that we were heading toward civilisation to get the hydraulic jacks seen to.  He offered to have a look, managed to get them to work briefly and came to the conclusion is was an electrical problem and that tomorrow morning we could follow him into Balclutha where he knew we could get it looked at.  Sorted.

We then settled in for a few drinks over a very few happy hours!  The bottles of good wine kept appearing and it seemed very rude to refuse a “try this one, its very good”!  We managed to weave our way back to the van, I think we had dinner, and then crashed into bed.  Boy, are we ever out of practise!

Friday 11 November

Up early and off into Balclutha to the electrical shop where we found a couple of helpful chaps.  We left the van with them whilst we went off to attend to chores and check out the free wifi accessible all along the main street – thanx Balclutha Township.  The van was duly sorted by lunch time, what we thought was going to be a long and involved and expensive fix turned out to be reasonably simple.  It was drizzling steadily by now so we decided to stay in Balclutha for the night at the Town & Country Club. 

BalcluthaParked at the Town and Country Club

balclutha 2  Looking out over Balclutha from our parking spot.

Saturday 12 November

At the end of today Roy told Bernice “we have travelled far too far and in one day”! Yes, we went the huge distance of 114kms from Balclutha to Roxburgh.  Bernice reminded Roy that on this particular day one year ago, we travelled 405kms from Loana to Nimes – THAT was a long way to travel in one day!

Along our travels today we headed through the Manuka Gorge – a Gorge we have long heard about from Mike & Ann as they were warned of this “difficult” Gorge to travel through when they first moved to Dunedin.  Now we understand the mirth this caused – there is nothing difficult about the road at all, we have driven the van through the Karangahake Gorge now THAT is a Gorge.

Stopped off at Lawrence for coffee and a rest, and to utilise their free wifi (wow, these small towns know how to treat visitors) and then on  to Roxburgh, where we went and checked out Pinders Pond, a very scenic parking spot.

pinders pond 

However, we ended up staying at the POP in town behind the Chemist shop.

Now, if ever any of you are heading through Roxburgh you must stop at the Endemic Art Gallery.  This is where Rebecca Gilmore paints her amazing wildlife scenes, her husband Gregory Slui  is a very accomplished photographer and the works for sale are so good, it is hard to resist … wall space in the van is at a premium though.  Do pop in for a look, we are sure you would be impressed.    Their web site is www.endemicgallery.co.nz

A good nights sleep and we will see what tomorrow brings.

Riverton to Waikawa

November 12, 2011

Friday we spent around Riverton including a visit to the museum, which we might add is well worth a visit with a fabulous interpretation of local history.  Add this to your must see list if you are in the area.   

riverton harbourRiverton Harbour

pauaThe big Paua in Riverton

The above photos were taken on Saturday morning.  Weather obviously not too bad, cold with a good stiff breeze.

However …

Stopped for some groceries on the way back to the racecourse.  Walked back outside and was confronted with a white blanket of hail.

hailMain Street Riverton.

All the way back out to the racecourse was similar.  Arrived back and within ten minutes we were having a good sleet shower.

sleetSleet

Enough!!! Time to go.  The weather was definitely not improving so we decided to pack up and head for the other side of Invercargill.  We started off in rain with a light wind, getting colder and colder as we approached Invercargill, with a good covering of snow on the ground by the time we got into Invercargill.

Heading on through we ended up at Gorge Road, a small settlement  25kms from Invercargill.  We stayed at the Gorge Road Club, settling in for a day or two to get a few things done and to check out the area.

For the rest of Saturday we just battened down the hatches and retreated to reading and listening to the wind.  Fortunately we were parked in a very protected spot beside a tall hedge which kept the rain and wind at bay.

Sunday and it was time to venture forth.  We had no internet access and so decided to explore to see if we could find some.  Ended up in Edendale sitting on the side of the road.  Good reception but not very comfortable in the car.

Spotted in Edendale were these three obviously enjoying life.

animaliaGiraffe, elephant with monkey on his back!

Later that day Roy ventured out to the Waituna Wetlands, an internationally recognised wetlands of importance.  Not great afternoon weatherwise but good enough to get a good impression of the area.

There was a walking track to an interpretation and observation site.  This was amongst manuka, flax, bracken and low growing shrubs on a boardwalk.

waituna 3Boardwalk leading to lookout

fernUp periscope! bracken looking for somewhere to grow

 

manukaManuka flowers

waituna 4view over the Lagoon from the lookout.

waituna 2The open beach on the far side of the lagoon looking South

tied downAnd in recognition of the slightly breezy weather in these parts, the toilet is tethered to the ground.

As an aside we have come across a large number of these toilets.  Without exception they have been tidy, clean, well maintained and in almost all cases have had toilet paper.  They are manufactured in Nelson and are in a lot of the DOC areas as well as being provided by a number of Councils in public parks.

Unfortunately, there was no cell phone or internet connection around Gorge Road.  So by the time Monday came around, we decided to head into Invercargill to get some laundry done, shop for groceries, check the cell phones and check emails.  Roy had work to do as well so most of the day was spent in Invercargill. 

Tuesday was more of the same except when we returned to Gorge Road we packed and left to go to the Catlins.  Our intent was to make our way through to Keirs Beach where we were told there was good camping.  Stop at Tokanui for the dump station,  windy and windy road,  narrow and dusty.

Arrived at Keirs, wind, no stabilisers, good ground.  The stabilisers have now been on the blink for three days.  They first started giving trouble in Riverton where the simple act of driving from one side of the parking area to the other resulted in the stabilisers becoming partially inoperative and intermittent.  We will get them seen to as soon as we reach civilisation.

keirs bay 2Parked at Keirs Beach.

estuaryLooking down on the estuary at Keirs beach.

first flax flowersHaving seen an enormous number of flax bushes throughout southern Southland, this is the first we have seen flowering.  It would be interesting to be here when they are all in full flower the number of Tuis and Bellbirds must be impressive.

In the estuary there are a significant number of different wading birds.  The prize of these must be the Royal Spoonbills of which there is obviously a colony hereabouts.  There were at least nine appearing at each low tide.  They were joined by a pair of Godwits probing the mud flats for breakfast and dinner.  These were joined by Oyster Catchers, gulls ducks and a couple of smaller waders I had no knowledge of.

spoonbillsThe estuary at low tide, spoonbills fishing in the shallows.

 

hanging onA Manuka tree which has had its roots washed partially out of the bank at the water’s edge.  It us still growing with a very tenuous hold in the bank.

Wednesday we made our way to Waikawa to have a look at Curio Bay, Porpoise Bay and the Niagara Falls. On the way we travelled on a metal road for most of the distance.  Bernice becoming a little concerned that the road was becoming more difficult as we progressed.  The speed on corners gradually diminishing as we went.  Fortunately it was reasonably flat but subject to tidal inundation in places.

3535 kph here

 

race25 here, but this time we were led to the corner by a mother and her off spring.

25 1Opps down to 25 now

 25and again

Finally arrived at Waikawa and decided to stay at the Community Hall parking area.  Once we were safely parked we then took off in the car for a look at Curio Bay and Niagara.

At the camping ground above Curio Bay we spotted this sea-lion having a break from the water in a sheltered place next to a derelict concrete building.  The sea lion is all of two  to two and a quarter metres long.

sealion 2

sealionNow we are noticed

On the way into Curio Bay there is an example of the use of Flax as a wind break. Here either side of the track is protected from the usual Southerly wind by rows of Flax on either side.  Throughout  our southern coast travels we have seen flax windbreaks used extensively as one would see gorse in other parts of New Zealand.

flax

Looking down on the remnants of a 170 million year old forest

logs 1the trunks of trees are very obvious from this height.

logs 2and here

logs 3A close up of one of the trunks showing the mineralisation that has preserved the features of the tree

logs 5and another

porpoise bay 2Porpoise Bay looking toward Curio Bay headland.

 

Then we drove off to see Niagara Falls

niagara 2Looking down on the falls from the lookout

niagara 1and a closer view

Not quite in the same class as the North American version.  Obviously an early surveyor had a sense of humour!

In the estuary in Waikawa came across an unusual channel marker.

 bicyccle just in case you need to ride home after mooring the boat!

 decor Decorative gates are a feature of several properties in the area.

 early morning waikawa 1  The jetties in the estuary at dawn

permanent A permanent visitor to this letterbox.

Off to Okawa tomorrow.

Westward and Windward

November 4, 2011

Monday 31st October

Yes we did move from Fortrose irrespective of the fact of having a great time there.  We needed to find access to the internet to do all of those end of month tasks and catch up on all the news.

Made our way to Invercargill, but on the recommendation of several people stayed at a POP some 10km from the centre of town at Makarewa.  Off to the laundry, stock up on some food, visit the Library (free wifi), cd covers, envelopes,  late lunch (mundane, have to be done tasks).  Just goes to show that this life is not all beer and skittles.  Or should that be wine and whitebait?

Tuesday 1st November

Accounts, laundry (different one for drying), work, post. Oops did not get back to the laundry in time to pick up clothes.

Wednesday 2nd November

Moving day.  Picked up laundry and headed out west.  We have decided to stay a few days out toward Tuatapere and then slowly make our way back to Invercargill and then through the Catlins.

Arrived at Monkey Island, which had been a recommended stop over from a number of people.  We were the only motorhome there when we arrived but there was one person staying in a caravan.  He had been there for some time with his wife so gave a good account of the area.  They had spent many a Xmas with family in the same spot so knew all about local conditions.  Lovely long sandy beach stretching well off into the distance.

monkey island 3Parking place with Monkey Island in the background

parkedLooking inland.  It is noticeable that in this part of the country flax is often used as a wind break and hedging around paddocks and properties.

monkey islandMonkey Island, there is a viewing platform at the top of the island

lagoon 2Lagoon in the sea on the seaward side of the island

along beachLooking along the sandy beach toward the west

visitorA visitor outside our door

Roy hopped into the car and headed off to Tuatapere to get forgotten supplies, calling in at several spots on the way.

McCrackens Rest is the most South Western point in the New Zealand road network.   The view provides an appreciation of the immense size of Te Waewae Bay.  The whole of the bay is protected from commercial fishing and provides a breeding ground for many types of fish.

mclarens rest east  Looking to the East.  We are camped below the rising headland in the background.

mclarens restLooking to the West.  The point at the end is Sand Hill point and is on the Hump Ridge track

Also called in at Orepuki beach and took this photo showing our motorhome in the far distance.

orepuki beachOrepuki Beach

The various beaches are in fact all part of one long beach that stretches for a large part of the length of Te Waewae Bay

A little concerned to find that the forecast was for deteriorating conditions throughout the rest of the week and into the weekend.  Already there was a stiff breeze getting up.

sunsetSunset at Monkey Island

Thursday 3rd November

Well one did not require rocking off to sleep last night but that is exactly what happened.  During the night the wind increased and the motorhome was rocking quite nicely in the stronger gusts.  Fortunately Bernice had stowed the TV antenna else that would have gone.  Looked at the forecast and saw deterioration was definitely on the cards.  Spoke to the local who suggested that where we were was going to get worse.  Decided it was not necessarily too bad but that it would be nice to find a quieter spot to hide for a couple of days.  So off on an explore of the area in more detail.  We headed off in the car to Tuatapere for fuel and to explore the area.  The whole weather situation appeared to moderate the nearer we came to Tuatapere.

tuatapereTuatapere sign acknowledging the reputation of the sausages from this town.

Unfortunately Tuatapere has long gone past that attractive stage.  There was a motorcamp there but little else to do or see.  The Hump Ridge track was likely but in the weather conditions was not a real option, perhaps next time.  So back to Monkey Island except we will stop at a number of likely looking places on the way back.

First stop was the Fishing Camp on the shores of the Te Waewae lagoon.   A  likely looking spot in an old shingle quarry, well perhaps not that old, surrounded on three sides so likely to provide shelter.  However there was little attractive about the environment and it seemed as if we would be not achieving much of a gain in protection.

ponds te wae waeInland ponds behind the lagoon

te wae wae lagoonThe Te Waewae lagoon looking toward the Waiau River mouth.

So we moved on.

Next stop was Gemstone Beach where we called in.

Yesterday when Roy called in there were a group of three English guys who had lost the keys to their van on the beach and were having to wait until a new set reached them.  Well today we found them still there but a tow truck had turned up to take the motorhome back to Invercargill and they were going to go on to Te Anau in a car, to pick up a motorhome in Queenstown.

statue 1Statue at the entrance to Gemstone Beach

Of interest was a guy who was panning for gold.  Well he was actually sitting out of the weather in his car while the panning was being done by his very crafty sluicing set up.  For those of you who saw the recent Gold Rush series on TV here is the opposite in terms of technology.

The operation is based on the use of water from a small stream emptying onto the beach area.  This has exposed the underlying rocks (we could not see any gems!!).  The sluices are based on the use of guttering to control a flow of water.  The upper gutters are where the black sand is introduced by simply placing quantities into the guttering.  The flowing water then carries a small quantity at a time onto the screen separating the next section of gutter.  The screen traps larger particles of stone, probably down to about 1 mm.  The residual sand then proceeds over the lower gutter that is riffled and has matting along the length of it to trap gold in the riffles and the matting.   There was no apparent sign of gold but there must be some chance to have such an operation set up.  I am not sure where the sand originated but I suspect it is found further along the beach at a stream exit.

sluice 1The sand being sluiced is contained in the bucket with the spade in it.  The other two buckets contain water for washing the gravel trapped on the filter.

sluice 2Closer shot of the setup.

We made our way back toward Monkey island but bypassed it to have a look at Cosy Nook.  We had previously visited here with Helen and Don and thought it worth a second look.  Once again we arrived in bad conditions with a very strong cold wind blowing.  But it is still a unique location the nearest to which we have seen is probably the kaiks down at Moeraki.  It was a fishing village with a large number of boats operating from the area, but it was fished out long ago so now there are only six or seven small batches/cribs, a slipway with an old boat on it and that’s about it.  There is obviously good seafood still available in the rocky foreshore as there was a group of three, wetsuited and carrying heavy catch bags, guys emerging from between the rocks heading back to their ute.

cribs The main street of Cosy Nook

slip 2Looking along the front with the slipway in the foreground

We carried on further to Colac as there was notice of a POP in the area that might be appropriately sheltered.  However as lovely as the beach is  there was nowhere that looked any better than where we were.  There was a sheltered spot at the western end of the beach where there was a protective headland, however any change in the wind direction would have left the area very exposed.

colacColac Bay big wave statue

An interesting aside. On the way to Tuatapere, in Colac Bay and at all points in between there appeared to be no cellphone reception and hence no internet.  However there was a strong signal at Monkey Island.  On further investigation there appeared to be a low level  transmitting tower just behind Monkey Island pointing in the direction of Stewart Island, so perhaps as  result of that there is a corridor of reception in a very localised area.

However back to the narrative.  In all our travels this morning we were chased along by a very strong cold wind and showers.  This may not be apparent in the photos but it was really freezing particularly in Cosy Nook!!  Things were looking no better anywhere.  Consulted with the local again and was told that the stretch between Colac Bay and McCrackens Rest was the windiest part of the coast.  It could be blowing a gale here but could be quite calm in Tuatapere and Riverton.  So we made the decision to move back to Riverton and leave this part of New Zealand for an explore at a later date.

Sure enough as we got closer to Riverton the conditions improved to the point where we had the late afternoon and evening in sunshine with little wind although it did start to get chilly and some hail fell late in the day.

So we are now ensconced at the Riverton Race Course on power, charging everything in sight, laundry done, settling in to watch the final of Australian Master Chef, about to tuck into a feed of Tuatapere’s famous sausages.

rrc  Race course from the top of the main stand

south from stand   Looking Southwest out the back of the stand.

What more could one ask for?

PS: Late afternoon hail, freezing temperatures and then during the night the gale force winds started.  I think we may be here for a few days until this series of fronts pass onto all of you north of us!

Directional problems, Kai Moana aka Fortrose

November 1, 2011

Friday 28th October

Underway this morning, plans originally were to leave Gore, backtrack toward Te Anau to the go down the westernmost road through Monowai and Tuatapere to end up at the coast BUT……

Whilst staying at Gore, we met another couple Jim & Jude, who seem to have a similar story to us; they had a B&B, sold that, went on a bit of a trip to Europe, now live full time in their bus called “7 day weekend”.  Jim & Jude headed off yesterday to Fortrose as Jim wanted to do a bit of flounder fishing.  Jim apparently invited us to come and join them, so instead of leaving Gore and heading right, we turned left and headed toward Fortrose which is along the coast from Invercargill and is the start/end of the Catlins.

tulips 1

What’s all that colour over in those trees?

tulips 2

Oh…tulips!

tulips 4

Are we back in Holland?? No, fields of tulips between Edendale and Seaward Downs.

We arrived in Fortrose and parked up along the estuary, and funnily enough we met up with two other couples that we had met at the Rally in Tapanui.  Pleasantries exchanged, we agreed to meet later for the obligatory happy hour.

parkedVan parked up at the estuary.

When we arrived Jim was about to set a net for flounder in the estuary.  So he and Roy waded out and anchored the net in an appropriate spot where we could keep an eye on it.  Then they took off to have a look at the whitebaiting at the mouth of the estuary.

at the mouthWhitebaiters at the mouth

Some of them were up to their armpits in the water where they were contending with the incoming waves as well as a strong incoming tidal current.  Not necessarily the safest occupation!

whitebait 1And the haul.

After they returned we went for a drive to the top of the headland overlooking the estuary entrance where there was a golf course.  On the seaward side of the golf course there was a row of trees which gave a good indication of the prevailing wind direction.

windswept 2 Windswept trees on the golf course boundary.  Estuary in the background.

windswept

18th hole  Its a hard life in these conditions

We had called over to Jim & Jude’s for a glass or two before dinner, when the guys noticed that the buoys on the net could no longer be seen.  The net had been dragged along the estuary down towards the entrance.  Whilst trying to figure out how to best rescue the net, a couple of whitebaiters came to the rescue, one had a small boat that he and Jim launched and went off to rescue the net, in exchange Roy stayed with the lady and helped whitebait along the shore. 

edgingRoy “edging” for whitebait.

 

The net, a tangled mess, was duly rescued.

net nestand this is what it looked like.  There is a red cod in there!

We then set about trying to untangle the net and also release the Red Cod that had been caught.  Roy & I spent the next 30 minutes or so, carefully untangling the net and sorting it all out (must be all that patience learnt doing jigsaws!).  Meanwhile Jim filleted the red cod as we felt that was only fitting that we give half of it to the whitebaiters in thanks for their assistance.

Roy was lucky enough to be given the whitebait that he had helped catch, there was plenty enough there for a decent patty or three.  I have to say that I have never cooked whitebait that fresh before, so fresh in fact that even after mixing it with the egg, the whitebait were still jumping, and even when they hit the pan, they were wriggling for some time as well!

It seemed only fair that Jim and Roy enjoyed the fruits of their labours

whitebait for twoOne patty, covered the whole frying pan,  big enough for two.

 

susset and finally a lovely sunset on the estuary.

Saturday

Dawned a windy but fine day with little cloud in the sky.

Roy went early morning walking onto a beach at the back of the golf course.  It appeared to be a good spot for fishing and with an off shore wind a good opportunity for kite fishing.

sunriseBeach at dawn

After everyone was up and about a discussion ensued as to the best place to go kite fishing.   Some local people recommended that a beach further round than the one below the golf course was much more accessible.  So Jim and Roy took off to see what they could catch.

Frasers beachFrasers Beach

It was a beautiful day with a good offshore breeze, no shelter from the sun, but shelter from the breeze as we were below a ridge which ran along the beach.  After several hours we had launched three different kites, the first two proving too small in the breeze.  Finally we had the third one well out beyond the breakers in a current running, from the rocks at the beach end, parallel with the beach.   A great place for catching the passing shoals.  No such luck!  The baits were not even touched,  and then to top it all off the kite plunged into the water when we were retrieving it and it took some time to get it out.  So no fish for four hours of effort.  Hungry and thirsty we made it back to the camp, sunburnt as well.  Fortunately, Bernice thought that the fish quota may not have been filled so a bacon & egg pie awaited the hungry fishermen.

By this time it was low tide so Roy decided to try his luck gathering a few cockles aka clams with much better success.  An acquaintance of Jim & Jude had also lent them a whitebait net, so undeterred, the two blokes went off to try their hand at white baiting, with even more success.

  cockles 3

In the pan

cockles 1 

Dinner ready, Clams with linguine and a parsley, anchovy, caper dressing. Oh, the whitebait fritters were consumed for entree before we remembered to take a photo!!

cockles 4

Sunday

A slow day after the busy day yesterday, the red sunburnt faces being kept out of the sun and wind today.  Bernice & Roy went for a drive to Tokanui, in the hope of getting a paper.  We are missing the ODT and we try and get  the Saturday edition so we can do the cryptic crossword.  However, no luck, so back to the van where we were met by a local farmer selling fresh free range eggs – great entrepreneurism, what is the one thing whitebaiters need?  Eggs for the fritters! 

Roy had been told of a better place to get clams, so off he went, but 5 minutes later returned.  Why?  He had a full bag of clams.  We split his spoils with Jim & Judy, as they had not tried clams before.

Jim and Roy decided to try their luck again white baiting, meanwhile Bernice broke out the wool and knitting needles.  After an hour or so, Bernice went out to check on the men, and spent the next hour or so, wandering along the beach with them, retrieving their catch from the net and cleaning out any strays.  1.4kg of whitebait later, we split the spoils.

 cockles 2

Clams linguine with tomato, red onion, coriander and a balsamic dressing.

Again an entree of whitebait fritters and the rest portioned off and in the freezer for another day.

Monday

Time to head into Invercargill, as there is no phone or internet connection here and as it is the end of the month, it is time to get accounts sorted, bills paid and a general catch up.