This first photo is the view just from the car park for the site; we hadn't even begun "tramping" (hiking) yet!
We started by tramping around the cliffs surrounding the bay, which were full of grazing sheep. There were two lookout points called "The Chasm" and "Lovers' Leap," both of which gave beautiful views of the ocean. At The Chasm, we climbed down to a little rock ledge with straight drops down on two sides and a wide open view of the ocean. It was hard to get a picture of the experience, but the surroundings from that view point literally took my breath away. The water was so blue, and I loved watching the waves crash against the cliff faces 60 feet below.
|the lookout point at The Chasm (we climbed down to those rocks below it)|
|rock wall by Lovers' Leap where people often rock climb|
|blue volcanic rock|
|this is what the bush looks like - we climbed through, under, and on top of it!|
|a group of 4 sea lions, the closest only about 8 feet away from me!|
|the rainbow had all seven colors visible!|
I could not have asked for a better first tramp in New Zealand. I saw spectacular landscapes, laid down at the edge of a cliff over the ocean, went bushwhacking, forged my own path, sprinted down sand dunes, and met some sea lions! This has inspired me to go on more trips in the upcoming weeks, and I'll be sure to tell you all about them!
|the dunes in front of the bay|