A Catlins Christmas

Christmas 2017 was planned to be a Mockford family Christmas and this year we decided we would all hang out for a week or so in the Catlins. We ended up with us, Ma & Pa and Margie & Susan staying at the Forest and Bird Lodge at Tautuku. The lodge was great with all the necessary bits and pieces to fit 6 adults and three boisterous boys. We had a family friend (Linda) come and join us for Boxing day which was nice, the boys certainly liked her company.

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Our family with Linda (between me and Mum)
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Getting ready for a walk
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Ryan and Isaac returning from exploring

In total we stayed 5 nights from 23rd Dec to 27th Dec which went very quickly as nearly all holidays do. The weather pretty much played its part for the duration with only a bit of rain on Christmas day which didn’t really matter as all we did all day was eat. Margie and Susan were in charge of the food for Christmas Day and they did a fantastic job of feeding us all.

Over the course of the week we did various local activities from swimming and body boarding at Tautuku beach, to walking around the local bush and revisiting some waterfalls we had visited last time we visited the Catlins. We tried our hand at both fresh water and sea fishing, both with limited luck; fish seen, hooked but not landed much to the boys disgust.

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Isaac and Jolie on the way back from Cathedral Cove
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Ryan up a tree
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Ryan haming it up for the camera
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Tautuku Beach
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Ryan exploring Isas Creek from Tautuku Beach
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The view out to Tautuku beach from Isas Creek
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Liam well and truly buried
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The Tahakopa River, and our fishing spot
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Ryan and Isaac waiting for the bites

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Ryan de-stoning his sandals
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Swimming at Tautuku Beach
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The Tautuku Estuary Boardwalk
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Our trusty steed
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Jolie on Tautuku Beach

 

During one of the walks we stumbled across a large area under some macrocarpa trees, the place even had running water there from a tap nailed to the base of one of the trees.

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Under the macrocarpa
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We were the first ones to use this place
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Running water!!!

We went to Cathedral Caves, the weather was much nicer on this visit than earlier in the year. The good weather coupled with it being holiday times, meant there was heaps of others with the same idea and we had to share the place.

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Looking South from the Cathedral Caves
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Ryan in silhouette, check out the artistic extras in the background!!!
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The cave roof
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The cave

 

It was a great quick break away with family. We absolutely love the Catlins and everything it has to offer. We will be back. Here are a few other pictures and vids from the week away.

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Liam having cuddles with Dad, a very rare occurrence!!
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Tuckered out after all the adventuring
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The Northern side of the Papatowai Estuary
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The shoreline below the Florence Hill Lookout
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Quick stop at the Whistling Frog
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The boys have decided that all photos must be posed for in some ridiculous way!!
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More rubbish photo posing
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“Don’t look at me!!”, Liam having some time out
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Isaac engrossed in a book read by Margie
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Team work to get Liam out
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Ryan (not posing, very unusual) at Maclean Falls
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Ryan hamming it up at Maclean Falls
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Bottom bit of Maclean Falls
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Top bit of Maclean Falls
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Walkway at Maclean Falls

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Maclean Falls
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Ryan and Isaac posing up a storm at Maclean Falls
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Santa even found us in the Catlins

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Morning cuddles for Ryan and Liam
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Isaac bunking in with Jolie
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Dad
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Liam tucking in with Jolie
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Liam
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Ryan
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Isaac

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