Bam, bam, bam! Attraction after attraction! The Catlins is full of short walks to natural wonders. If you don’t believe us, just check out Day #1 and Day #2 of our Catlins road trip. What’s more, the most expensive of activities we are doing in The Catlins is Cathedral Caves at $5! Well, we think we can spare some change for Cathedral Caves, don’t you?
The thing with Cathedral Caves, caves so big they are said to be like a cathedral, is that you can only access them at low tide. Low tide is around 3.30pm today. Luckily for us, we’re in the freakin’ Catlins, so there’s bound to be another attraction to occupy our time with!
We unplug from our powersite at the Whistling Frog Cafe, Bar & Resort and hit the road for about, say, nine minutes, passing the locked gate to the road to Cathedral Caves. Here, we are pulling into a roadside car park to Lake Wilkie. From here it’s only a 10-minute walk through the forest until we reach the lake. See what we mean? Bam, bam, bam! An attraction every 20 minutes!
Trees with maps
Although Lake Wilkie is the main attraction of this walk, we are mesmerised by the forest itself. You know what we are going to say, don’t you? Yes, this is yet ANOTHER forest in New Zealand that looks different from the last one we visit. Albeit, the last forest we visited was a fossilised forest… But anyway…
The trees in THIS forest look like they have fossils on themselves. Lumpy lines create unusual markings on the bark of the tree, reminding us of the contour lines on a map. Other trees are hollow, making for some fun photos when we a find hole looking right through the trunk.
As for the rest of the forest, it’s pretty wild: moss growing on plants growing on trees. It’s forests like this that put the “diversity” in “biodiversity”.