We pulled into Pounawea after realizing we were not going to be able to make our planned lodging farther south, and are very glad we stopped here. Toilets and showers are fine--clean and sufficient in number. The kitchen was extremely well stocked, with cooking utensils as well as dishes and cutlery, and it was warm in this fully enclosed space which also included some sofas for relaxing--a plus on the rainy day when we arrived. The Lonely Planet describes the native forest on which the motor camp abuts as "ringing with bird song," and we can verify that this is, delightfully, the case. As this was the first night of our trip, we were unaware of how eerily silent much of New Zealand is when it comes to the sounds of native birds; had we known, we would have appreciated this spot even more. The neighboring estuary provides a soothing view.
- Also Known As:
- Pounawea Motor Camp Owaka, Southland Region, New Zealand