New Zealand | Fortrose Cliffs


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new zealand, south island, freedom camping, catlins national park, fortrose cliffsAfter a run and brunch in Te Anau, we set off for the Fortrose Cliffs, a beautiful freedom camping spot on the southern coast of New Zealand’s South Island. We arrived in the late afternoon, set up camp and walked around to enjoy the breathtaking views.new zealand, south island, freedom camping, catlins national park, fortrose cliffsOverlooking Toetoes Bay.The Fortrose Cliffs are an idyllic freedom camping spot. The steep dropoff of the cliffs gives way to stretches of pristine beach below, and endless views of the water on the horizon.new zealand, south island, freedom camping, catlins national park, fortrose cliffsWe were the only campers when we arrived, and by sunset we had been joined by just a couple other campervans. Still, we had most of the afternoon to ourselves and ample space and privacy to read, do homework (I was still in school at this point), drink wine, and enjoy dinner.new zealand, south island, freedom camping, catlins national park, fortrose cliffsEnjoying the view.Kail grilled porterhouse steaks and asparagus, which we enjoyed with a nice New Zealand pinot noir (after I was done working, of course).new zealand, south island, freedom camping, catlins national park, fortrose cliffsDinner!We finished dinner just in time for dusk, when the winds picked up and it got a bit chilly. After packing up the grill, table, and chairs, we watched the sunset before retiring to the warmth of our campervan to read and go to sleep.new zealand, south island, freedom camping, catlins national park, fortrose cliffsWe slept in and awoke the next morning to several messages and emails asking whether we were OK. That’s when we learned there had been a 7.8-magnitude earthquake centered about 50 miles northwest of Christchurch.Fortunately, we were very far from the epicenter and earthquake damage, which mostly affected coastal areas in the northeast section of the South Island. Still, to be cautious, we decided to alter our plans to drive up the east coast toward Christchurch and instead backtrack toward Glenorchy and Wanaka, eventually returning to Lake Tekapo, which was one of our favorite parts of our previous trip.Next stop: Lake Tekapo (via Glenorchy and Wanaka).See more photos from New Zealand.The Details: Fortrose CliffsGPS Coordinates: -46.582310, 168.802072Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9vYJvftqE9J2

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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