I left Dunedin for my breakfast date in Mosgiel. Yum, delicious! Thank you Anne, loved those pancakes and fresh raspberries. I hope not too many other of you visitors require a holiday setting of the alarm clock! (It's the sound of birds waking me in my tent these days..?)
After Mosgiel I rejoined SH1 south. There are always interesting buildings along the way. Here is a phosphate place.
And there was an old renovated cob cottage you could look inside.
I had decided I would try and stay at the Pounawea Motor Camp, but it was still a bit early to check in, so from Owaka I drove down to Jack's Bay. There was a sign about sea lions, but I never spotted any. There was also a sign to an inland Blowhole which I decided to take. The tide was going out, so I saw tidal surges rather than full-on blowing, but the views along the track were magnificent in themselves.
And yes, the track was steep in places...
Seeing the Blowhole gave some insight into how the nearby 'islands' might have formed, especially when you considered this was sea water activity 200m inland.
I returned back downhill then drove to the Pounawea Motor Camp.
My tent is surrounded by bush and birdsong. I was going to set up my tent right on the estuary, but a man told me they'd set up there but found the incoming wind too cold. After my Dunedin experience, I took the sheltered spot. Now it is all of 50m to walk to the estuary.