Estuary at Fortrose

Toetoes Estuary at Fortrose. Our photos were taken from the coastal clifftop. Fortrose is in the far south of The Catlins, Southland, New Zealand. The location is way down south, on the south coast of the South Island. From the clifftop you can see where the estuary opens out to the ocean - clearly seen... Continue Reading →

Estuary Oystercatchers

When we were at Fortrose on 21 February 2021 the tide was low and oystercatchers were busy feeding on the exposed flats and in the shallows. The Catlins, Southland, New Zealand.

Ebb And Flow

Our first visit to the ocean end of Fortrose. We drove through the golf course and the road opened out to a carpark and large open public area. We had a fabulous time exploring here - so much to see! Ocean meeting southern end of South Island, and channel through to Toetoes Estuary. 21 February... Continue Reading →

Summer Joy

Wherever you are in New Zealand you're never that far from the sea. Sunday was a perfect summer day and I told Nigel how much I'd like to go to Fortrose, about an hour and a half drive from home. On the way I photographed the kniphofias that featured in two recent posts. There's a... Continue Reading →

To be or Not to be

That is the question when you're driving along the highway, comfortably cocooned in the car. It's easy to go with the flow, enjoy the view from the window and not stop to experience what's on offer outside. Yesterday we'd just passed Waldronville as we left Dunedin via Brighton Road. And as we crossed a bridge... Continue Reading →

Sunday In Southland

Today in the late afternoon we took off to the Southland coast for a break, just for a few hours. We stopped briefly in Fortrose and then drove on to our destination of Waipapa Point. There was a strong gusty wind at the coast making photography really difficult, rare lulls were only milliseconds in duration.... Continue Reading →

Museum Garden, Southland NZ

New Zealand native garden featuring flaxes and grasses in the south coast town of Riverton, between the Museum and the estuary (the flaxes are starting to flower). Southland, New Zealand

Fortrose: Part Five

We'd walked along the beach and found a gravel road running parallel. We decided to do the rest of our walk by road and found there were plenty of interesting things to see along the road. Liz and Nigel, Sunday 05 August 2018

Fortrose: Part Three

The beach at Fortrose was a wonderful place to be on Sunday 05 August when Nigel and I enjoyed our walk along the shore on a perfect day with sunshine and no wind. In this post we leave the old jetty posts behind and walk along the beach until we find a gravel road and... Continue Reading →

Fortrose: Part Two

The first photo below is close to where I left off on Fortrose: Part One; the view is toward the gap where the Toetoes Estuary opens to the sea at Toetoes Bay. The outgoing tide has drained further away from the shore at this end of the beach and there's a lot of driftwood and... Continue Reading →

Fortrose: Part One

Last Sunday I suggested to Nigel that we head down to Fortrose on the south coast, a 50-60 minute drive from Gore taking the country road through Wyndham, Glenham and Waimahaka. When we left Gore it was cold and foggy. To be honest we were glad to get out of the place. Stirling Tides cafe... Continue Reading →

Restful In Riverton

Riverton is a picturesque little town on the south coast of the South Island and is only about 10km away from Thornbury where we attended the National Ploughing Championships on Saturday 14 April. We headed to Riverton for rest and refreshments after leaving the ploughing champs. Riverton sits between a huge estuary and Foveaux Strait,... Continue Reading →

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