Arnott Point: NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE, DAY 11

Arnott Point, Haast, West Coast, South Island, New ZealandThe seals and I, we have an uneasy truce. As long as I don’t go in the water, they won’t bite me. Seems like an easy arrangement to uphold, but just to reinforce it they bark at me and mock charge from time to time. But I bark right back and the peace is upheld. All the same, my adrenaline is pumping and I’m almost happy when the sunset fades and I can skedaddle from their turf.

We’ve caught the seals totally by surprise. Humans, here? On OUR beach? What the eff? This is not a place that sees many bipedal visitors, unless you count the Fiordland crested penguins which roost here from July to December. Access is via a billy goat track which is so steep in places there are ropes rigged to help you get down. Plus you have to find the track in the first place, which we did thanks to a friendly local named Barry.

And if you manage to find the track and negotiate your way down the cliffs, once you get the beach you still have to contend with roaring surf, high tides, and a little scrambling. It’s no wonder the seals were surprised.

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  1. Cherie
    Cherie says:

    Just saw your post at Facebook and shared it, and I tweeted it! Oh, I am so jealous of you! Wow, what an amazing journey, life, this is awesome reading and photography!! Well, I’ll be watching you. Thank you for sharing your wonderful, incredible world!

    Your huge fan,
    Cherie

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  1. […] trail to the beach was nowhere near as hard to find or as sketchy as the one to Arnott Point, but it was still a good adventure with some bushwhacking, some ropes, and a rusty old iron ladder. […]

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