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A walk to Fossil Point – Part 2

Once over the dunes, the beach stretched out before us.

Walk to Fossil Point

Walk to Fossil Point

We were on the windy west coast, and boy, was it windy. And everything was on a vast scale.

Walk to Fossil Point

Walk to Fossil Point

Our destination turned out to be these boulders of beach rock, as they contained fossils – shells that are remnants of the sea floor that existed during the Miocene period, approximately 10 million years ago.

Walk to Fossil Point

We also had a little surprise when we searched for fossils.

Walk to Fossil Point

Luckily, he was having a long nap and hardly stirred, else we would have been in trouble.

A walk to Fossil Point – Part 1

We are venturing out on one more walk in Golden Bay before we head off elsewhere. This walk is to the southern end of Farewell Spit. The spit forms the most northernly point of Golden Bay, and indeed, the South Island of New Zealand. It stretches out 26km into the sea, and being so exposed, it is the site of frequent whale strandings.

We didn’t venture to the far end of the spit as that requires a 4WD or a 6 hour tour. We did however venture to the end of another no-through-road and walked across some boggy paddocks.

Walk to Fossil Point

Between the sea and the paddocks are some low dunes.

Walk to Fossil Point

These trees give you an idea of how windy it gets in these parts (though it was pretty calm in the paddocks during our walk).

Walk to Fossil Point