After the Milford Track, Dan and I took a few days to let our feet and legs recover. We hung out with Ed in Arrowtown and did laundry and relaxed in the semi warm sun of the mountains.
After 2 days we decided to drive back to Dunedin to meet up with Scotty and Mark to plan a trip down south into the Catlins area. I had been to this area several weeks before after I finished kitting out the van.
Scott and Mark headed down a day before and set up camp. Dan and I and my old co-worker from Hogwartz backpacker, Gowin, went for a shop, got supplies for a few days and rallied down the coast.
We got in, set up, and noticed that the surf was up and amazing. The first night it rained constantly and wasn’t too enjoyable, but the surf was fantastic.
The second day about 10 other friends showed up. We spent the day surfing, and climbing the surrounding cliffs and rocks.
On the third day most of the kids headed back to Dunedin, but Dan, I and Gowin decided to drive farther south yet to Curio bay at the bottom of the South Island. Here we stayed in a backpackers and where the only guests for the night. Close by was a petrified forest on the sea cliffs of the surrounding coastline.
A day later we were back in Dunedin and Dan and I started our travels south to north back to Auckland over two and a half weeks.