After departing Stewart Island, we remained on the mainland in the very south of the South Island (aptly called ‘Southland’) for a few more days of collecting different harvestmen species. I had previously collected harvestmen in the Catlins Forest and in several sites around Dunedin/Otago 2016 and 2017. We needed to boost our sample sizes for these species, so we returned to these sites again this year. We also collected kelp flies along the beaches in these areas.
There are so many rural beach gems in New Zealand. So much of the country retains its natural beauty that there is seemingly endless farmland and forest along kilometers of cliff side beaches.
Before our flight back to Auckland out of Dunedin, we visited the steepest residential street in the world, Baldwin Street!