Manapoura - Curio Bay

Heading for the South Coast now and the road getting very quiet, lots of little stops today, one that was a nice surprise was Monkey Island (not related to computer game and sadly no monkeys there)  kids loved this little island and we ended up having a nice lunch there.

Then onwards around the south coast - lots of really impressive windswept trees, we wanted to stop to take pictures but the kids were sleeping nicely so - ONWARD.

Finally, Curio Bay where we got a good look at the (very rare) yellow-eyed penguins and some interesting prehistoric fossilized forest on the beach. Had planned to go further, but ended up staying in the camp ground at Curio Bay - a bizarre little place - right amongst the flax on the edge of the beach with basic facilities (Carla took some pictures of the bizarre showers)