White baiting Southland Style

track to white bait huts

White baiting starts earlier on the East Coast than the West Coast so it was really cool taking a drive out in the country on our recent visit down south to come across the hopefuls out on the river.

white bait huts lining river

I say out on the river – they were lining the river banks on both sides.

reflections white baiters

We were taking a drive to the Catlins – to view the Waipapa Point lighthouse to be precise and came around a corner on route to cars lining the roadside by the river and white bait stands and huts lining the river edge.

white baiters mataura river

It was a sight to behold – almost a little unreal with so many stands and huts almost as far as the eye could see as the river wound its way towards the ocean.

white bait stands on the river

It would have been rude not to stop and take a little walk to get a bit closer.  The river was so calm giving wonderful reflections of the stands.

white bait huts and stands on the river

We had Mum with us and she stopped to talk to a couple of the locals trying their hand at the white baiting and in typical NZ style they knew my Grandpop and my Aunty and Uncle who used to live near by (anything within the vicinity of 100kms is near by) – so classic.

line up white bait huts

As the river meandered round through the paddocks so did the stands – don’t think I’ve ever seen so many huts along a river edge.

stands and huts on mataura river

While it was tempting to stay and relax a while with these hopeful souls, we had a destination to reach.

mataura river mouth at fortrose

In saying that we stopped in Fortrose, the official start of the Catlins and this is where the mouth of the river meets the Pacific Ocean.

white baiters near fortrose

There were more white baiters here on the beach of the river trying their hand with the little swimmers too.

It was a picture perfect day to be out with family and friends, sharing a story or two and soaking up the surroundings.

Waipapa lighthouse

For us though it was time to continue on our adventure to the lighthouse…….

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth on the West Coast.  They enjoy getting out and exploring as much of this beautiful country as possible.  Time – we just need more time…….

About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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2 Responses to White baiting Southland Style

  1. david galea says:

    well done keep it up

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