We’ve both been to Curio Bay in the past with its petrified conifer forest laid down in Jurassic times by flooding that included volcanic ash. It was nice to make this return and relax on the beach for a couple of hours at low tide. There was an information centre we hadn’t seen before which doubled up as a registration point for the camping ground and a museum. The charge for the museum, which didn’t seem very big, was $20 per person – we knew we’d be able to visit four other museums for that cost, so gave it a miss.
The South Caitlins Charitable Trust have taken on guardianship over a small forest behind the beach. They look after what’s already there, make new plantings of local native bush, and have developed a public walking path through it. We took the path and were delighted at passing through a rimu forest, a first for both of us! Soon we moved on to an area where the bush was more varied, and included tall totara and matai which are likely to be direct descendants of the conifers that lie fossilised on the beach so close by!