Owaka was a good base, it has a 4 square, 3 café’s and a gas station. Oh and cell service. But we left this morning at about 10 and topped up on food, gas and communication with the outside world.
Unfortunately it is raining a little harder today Still a sort of Auckland drizzle but fairly sold and consistent so even Sue did not walk for more than 5 minutes along the first beach we stopped out.
Our destination is Curio bay which is only an hour of so along the coast but there are beaches to stop at and falls to see. The most important being Niagara Falls which is only 100m off the main road. Just as well really as it might annoy a few people, as it was named by a surveyor who had a sense of humor and is the smallest water fall in the world. The other redeeming feature of Niagara, besides the short walk to it, is the café. It is built in an old school and has wonderful fresh food all day. It seems also the only source of eating in this area.
The accommodation Sue has found at Curio is quite wonderful. It is a little single room unit that looks straight out on to the sea. And reading the visitors’ book it seems that the penguins come up on to the deck and can keep people awake. We shall see how this evening goes.
We heard the penguins in the night but none visited the deck. I am a little disappointed. Sue went for a 2 hour walk along the beach this morning, in the pouring rain. When she returned she looked like a water rat.
Because it still raining we head back to the Café for a meal, I am not sure which meal it is as the time is 3pm but the food is good, and they have WiFi so you may get to read this.