Friends had told me to take the coastal road south from Oamaru, and the Tourist Office had given me a map that made it easy to find the route. I headed out into the countryside as sea mist rolled in.
Kakanui was a ruggedly varied beach, with an abundance of kelp just off-shore.
And at the river there were fishermen's huts old-style, no airs and graces or pretty paint jobs.
After a break back at the campsite I headed off for the Katiki Point lighthouse, where I was hoping to see some yellow-eyed penguins. I saw lots of seals, and yes, some penguins! I watched with some others down inside the hide.
There was an interesting description of how this penguin colony had come about through the efforts of one couple, caring for penguins, and eventually volunteers have planted up a significant area in flax and natives suitable got these secretive penguins.
Tomorrow morning I will move on again, towards Dunedin. There were some beautiful skies here at Hampden to farewell the beach with.
Lots more to say and show from today, but it has gone 10pm, and even this far south, it is actually dark outside!