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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin May 8th 2010

We are so lucky, we have had yet another fabulously sunny warm day. Everyone keeps telling us that it won’t last, but hey! We’ll make hay while the sun shines! It’s not just that its warmer with the sun shining, it’s also that everything looks so much prettier with bright blue skies, blue seas and sunny hills! And what better place for us to enjoy the wonderful weather is the spectacularly beautiful Otago Peninsula. I suppose it reminded me of Scottish Lochs, and this wasn’t a great surprise, because the southern part of the South Island was predominantly settled by Scots, to the point that their accent has a ‘rolled r’ which they say is from the Scottish accent. There is a very strong Scots heritage here, with lots of tartan and talk of Burns’ Night ... read more
Otago Peninsula (2)
Viking Ship a Long Way from Home!
Otago Peninsula (3)

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin March 2nd 2010

So we wake up not to sunshine but not to rain so that is a good start. I still don the jumper and jacket and even have my scarf in my bag just in case. Who thought talking about my holiday in the South Island would involve talking about the weather? Thankfully as the day progressed Mr Golden Sun decided to show himself! Our morning was all about discovering Dunedin city centre after we dragged ourselves into town on foot having no change to catch a bus. The City itself did impress me with it's style of buildings...so much so that I felt forced to take a few pictures of them. We naturally headed towards the Octagon as it was placed right in the middle of the City with a statue of Robert Burns no less, ... read more
The Municipal Building
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The Albatross

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin December 22nd 2009

Well, it only took two weeks, but finally we got to see some seals and sea lions! Next on the list are penguins and albatrosses...but all in good time! First of all, happy longest day of the year!! While it is your guys' shortest day, it is our longest, with daylight stretching til 10:30pm or so. Tonight was actually the first clear, cloudless, and not absolutely frigid evening we’ve had since we arrived (still about 50 degrees, mind you, not “warm” by any stretch), and we just came back inside from stargazing and - finally - seeing the Southern Cross. Orion is visible, too, but he’s upside-down, like he’s doing a cartwheel. Just by sheer coincidence, we spotted the Space Station drifting by - we’ve seen it a couple times back home and it’s impossible to ... read more
The Road to Dunedin
Low Clouds Rolling into Dunedin
Gardens of Downtown Dunedin

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin September 22nd 2009

Last sunday I rented a car with some friends and went to some of the different beaches and bays surrounding dunedin, the city I live in. We first went to a bay called the boulders, which has perfectly shaped round boulders that look pretty strange. After that we had lunch at a beach called St.Claire. Then we went to a look out called lovers leap. The last thing we did was go to sandfly bay. It had lots of people on it but also tons of wildlife. It was surprising seeing people play rugby right next to the monstrous sea lions. Anyways, it was a fun and relaxing sunday!... read more
Boulders
Boulders
Boulders

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin September 1st 2009

Monday, August 31st We had a great nights sleep with no sign of angry villagers, flaming torches or pitchforks. After breakfast we set off for Dunedin city centre. Just outside of Long Beach we saw a dead female possum lying in the road. It was sad, not just because they're so cute, but also because we could see her baby's legs sticking out of her pouch. Yeah, we know there are more than 70 million of them in NZ and they're a huge pest, but they're still cute. Once in the city we found an internet shop to backup our pictures to DVD, then went in search of the Cadbury factory. There are guided tours through the factory and this place is probably as close as Talita could come to heaven on earth. We booked ourselves ... read more
More presents for our mommies
Old Cadbury's Milk Truck
Another old Cadbury's truck

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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin August 11th 2009

There is much wildlife surrounding Dunedin. It is home to the albatross which have an impressing three meter wing span, seals, many different kinds of birds, and yellow-eyed penguins. I went on a wildlife cruise/tour where I got to see all the wildlife. The best part was watching the yellow-eyed penguins which are an endagered species and are the second larges penguins in the world. Every night the penguins come onto the beach after a day of fishing in the ocean to go to their homes. When I saw the penguins, I was in a hide out on a penguin reserve watching the penguins come in from the ocean and waddle up to their homes. They looked like they were flying underwater when they were swimming...very graceful. Then they start walking on land and it is ... read more
wild life tour
wild life tour
wild life tour

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin August 11th 2009

I have fallen in love with the trails here. The first time I ran through this forest I considered taking up illegal immigrant status and staying here forever. I took my sister on a walk through some of these trails when she came. You could get lost in this place because there are so many different trails and all of them are so beautiful. These trails are only about a five to ten minute walk away from my flat. The pictures speak for themselves.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin July 15th 2009

Lol, that's got to be the most ridiculous of the titles of my blogs so far... It is in fact all of my news however! So I'm pretty settled now, my flatmates have been great fun and we're all pretty used to each other's company now which is nice. I'm also getting used to the cold now a bit, although that took a while! One of my friends left a lot of his shopping - milk, yoghurt, eggs etc. out of the fridge overnight by accident and in the next morning it was still perfectly chilled, and infact in need of thawing. It's pretty chilly! Anyway on to cats and earthquakes... I returned back from my first full day of lectures on Monday to hear a cry of, 'Shut the door!!' Before I could close it, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin July 11th 2009

Just to warn you, I’ve a lot I want to write about at the moment, so if you’re up for the challenge you might want to grab a cup of tea or something first! It is freeeeeeeeezing!!! I’m currently eating yesterday’s warm chocolate croissant which is now thoroughly frozen having just sat in my bedroom over night. New Zealand doesn’t do central heating in its houses, so when it’s as harsh a winter as this, everyone just wears about three jumpers, some thermals and a T-Shirt, and still walks around shivering. Still it’s great to be here, and I’ve had a pretty good couple of days - after a terrible flight. So let’s start on a low… Many, many things went wrong with the flight over to Dunedin. All was fine until reaching Hong Kong however, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin June 1st 2009

Despite Tim having a stinking cold, we drove down to Dunedin for the long weekend (Queen's Birthday) and breaking with tradition, we checked into a luxury apartment, complete with double hydrotherapy spa bath. We had been planning this jaunt for a long while, as we only have showers in our own apartment and going more than a year without a bath was proving to be irksome. The weather forecast for the weekend was for a "big chill", and indeed we have been having some unseasonably cold weather over the last month. On the way down we stopped for lunch on a beach, just south of Oamaru and revisited Shag Point where there's a resident yellow-eyed pengiuns, NZ fur seals and, as indicated by the name, plenty of spotted and black shags. On the Sunday, we drove ... read more
Beach south of Oamaru
Yellow-Eyed Penguin habitat
Seal rocks




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