New Zealand: The Catlins Part 2

Our next stop in the Catlins was Owaka to spot the sea lions :) 

We stayed in small lodge next to the beach,

When we tell people about our 1 year around the world trip one of the questions that comes up is how did we manage laundry and how many clothes we took, here it is a picture with all the clothes we owned at this point in time :)

If you want to travel light you need to trade on the volume of clothes you take and be strategic on the items you choose. We did recycle our clothes during the trip, we gave them away and bought new ones.

Regarding laundry we always managed to find a place close by the hostel or in the hostel it self. The prices ranged from 2 dollars a wash to 5 dollars.
We did use an inventory list to make sure our clothes didn't went missing after laundry! ehehhe which did happen! but we managed to find the lost items :)

Time explore the sea lions!

Jackpot!!! A family of sea lions playing :)

There is nothing like lunch with an awesome view!

Back to our temporary house!

New Zealand: The Catlins

After Mildford sounds we head all the way down to the southeastern corner of the South Island, Catlins

The highlight of the Catlins was the wildlife! we saw the famous Yellow-eyed Penguins and Sea Lions. Plus the drive from Mildford Sound to the Catlins is just breathtaking! 

Strong winds!!!

Our favorite supermarket in NZ! Park and Save!

Time to see some Yellow-eyed Penguins!!!

Here they come :)

The star of the photo shoot!

"I'm here! take my picture people!!! I don't have all day :)"

An than the Penguin decided to walk just next to me... AWESOMEE!!! I've never seen a Penguin that close to me with out being in captivity!

we just have a word for this experience AWESOME, AWESOME and AWESOME!!!!

Time to head to our home for the night!! and have some yummy dinner with some Sauvignon Blanc!! since we had to trade off our private bathroom for a shared one... (budget constrains!! one year traveling has this things :) ) our perk was having wine with our dinner!

New Zealand: Milford Sound

After a cruise in the Doubtful Sound our next stop was trekking in Milford Sound! If you love trekking New Zealand is definetly the country for you! :) we even met travelers that were walking from the top of the south island until the bottom of the north island! (of course they had to catch the ferry to cross between them :P) 

Time to start walking!!!

New Zealand... Lord of the Rings... we had to take some geeky pictures! 

Back in the road exploring! 

While exploring Milford Sound we stayed in the amazing Rosie's Homestay Backpackers
Rosie's children moved on and she now rents their old rooms to backpackers, so you have that wonderful home sweet home feeling! 

Loved cooking there!!