Published: July 7th 2008July 5th 2008
Like maltesers for giants, with a honeycomb centre.
Made a swift exit from Mount Hutt as the weather turned windy and the slopes were closed. Decided to head south to Dunedin via the Moeraki boulder. Basically they are maltesers that have been left over from a giant giants party.... too much sea weed cider!. No only joking - actually they are naturally formed through erosion of mudstone cliffs - literally as the sea hits the cliffs it erodes the soft mud and the boulders are left sitting as they are on the tide line. They made for a great picture and a good opportunity to stop off and have beans on toast in the van.
We arrived at Dunedin just before the snow came down and pulled into a lovely cosy camp site. Pootled the next day around the "Scottish town" - this place has Scottish street names & kilt shops galore - Robbie Burns nephew founded the place and they are making the most of it! It is supposed to be the only place in NZ that has a regional accent, supposedly with a Scottish lilt.... but in our opinion they chose the cosmopolitan Edinburgh accent rather than Glasgow on a Saturday night out! The art gallery
Baldwin St - The worlds steepest street
Lazily photographed from the van window !
is the best we've visited (and free!) and the steepest street in the world speaks for itself, we took the lazy approach - obviously to give the best photo opportunity! We also visited to Larnach castle, the only castle in NZ (and at $25 to visit it i'm glad there are no more or we'd be poor), it was good but not a patch on a little place called Ballyseede.
On arriving back to our camp site in the evening we were told that the bad weather was actaully some of the worst they had seen in the region and many of the roads were closed. Whats bad for the roads is good for the mountains (and the roads re-oped the next morning) there was only one thing to do......head for Queenstown the adrenalin capital (of all things expensive BUT FUN!!!!)
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