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Pacific Coast Highway – Hawks Point to Whakatane

Pacific Coast Highway – Hawks Point to Whakatane

Pacific Coast Highway – Hawks Point to Whakatane, New Zealand
Pacific Coast Highway – Hawks Point to Whakatane, New Zealand
Pacific Coast Highway – Hawks Point to Whakatane, New Zealand
From Hawks Point to Whakatane.

There are so many incredible views on this section.
One round almost every corner.

One things you can’t do with the blog is give the smells, like the different smells of the trees and the rivers when they meet the sea.
Very unique and atmospheric. I guess the technology must be on the way. Complex chemical compounds created ad-hoc then expelled through your computer speakers or smell patch.

Like a smell footprint.

Hog

Hog

This part of the Southern Scenic is particularly windy (Invercargill).

I am thankful I am on the Harley, it’s too big and heavy to make any sudden changed of direction.

Southern Scenic, Southlands, New Zealand
Southern Scenic, Southlands, New Zealand

The road to Invercargill

The road to Invercargill

Today I am going to journey southwards.

I plan to drop in on Duneden and Invercargill.

Dunedin

Have just driven through the town-centre.

It really isn’t worth getting off the bike.

Re-Fill
Stop a Micky-dees in the industrial estate for essential carbs.

The Southern Scenic route

This winds it’s way gently through the lowlands surrounding the south-east of New Zealands south island.

It’s free.

It passes through The Catlin National park Nature Reserve.

It runs from Dunedin right through to Invercargill taking in many impressive sights on the way.

Here’s some pictures I took along the way.

Southern Scenic Route, New ZealandSouthern Scenic Route, New Zealand

Southern Scenic Route, New ZealandSouthern Scenic Route, New Zealand

Southern Scenic Route, New Zealand

Purakaunui Falls.
A stopover point a couple of km’s of the main route on a dirt track.

It’s impressive because the falls are in a semi-tropical setting, canopy sub-canopy, Lyrebirds etc.

Purakaunui Falls, New Zealand

Tuatuku Beach
Like Harlech beach for length and spread, this one stretches for miles and you can get a great view from the headland.

Tuatuku Beach, New Zealand

Mclean Falls
Located slightly of the road.

Mclean Falls, New Zealand

After a tramp through the bushes, you are rewarded.

Youths were cooking noodles on the rocks at the base. One is obscuring the picture here.

Mclean Falls, New Zealand
Here’s a view from the 5km unmade road you need to travel down to reach the Mclean falls.

Mclean Falls, New Zealand

Cathedral Caves
Located on private land, you have to pay to get into this one.

Cathedral Caves, New Zealand

As you enter the gate keeper hut, they sell postcards of different views of the caves which are located on the shoreline.

Cathedral Caves, New Zealand

There is even one picture with a couple getting married.

Weblinks: Southern Scenic Route – New Zealand