Published: January 20th 2013December 24th 2012
Hi everyone, Oamaru
For the last few days we have been hanging out in a cool little town called Omarau. The town is most famous for seeing blue and yellow penguins but it has a really cool historic part to the town and they have a cool festival every year and everyone dresses up in clothes from the 1800's. We got checked in to a lovely top 10 holiday park here and had a lovely walk down to the town and through the towns gardens. That night Ian reluctantly agreed to go to see the new twilight movie Laura had wanted to see for ages. The cinema was small but it was quirky and the film and popcorn was good so we had a good night. We spent the following day walking around the towns historic district. It was great going in and out of the old shops and galleries. Laura spent ages reading old post cards in one place. They had post cards people had wrote home to family from Ireland, she just loved reading what people were doing 50 and 60 years ago, she even found a post card of Bray from 1950 sent to a family
here in new Zealand. I couldn't get her out, any bit of gossip and she is interested haha! That evening we went down to see if we could see any of the yellow penguins coming ashore. We were told that these guys are pretty rare to see so we were delighted to see one come out of the water and waddle back to his den for the night. We had also booked a tour to see the blue penguin colony come ashore. This viewing is very commercial and not like seeing the yellow penguin from a cliff edge. The place has 2 grand stands for people to sit in and watch the penguins come ashore and head to there man made dens in the hills. It was very interesting and we ended up seeing hundreds of the blue penguins come in. They are literally everywhere under the grand stands in the car park on the road there so funny. Unfortunately though there are no photos because the flash can scare them and make them disorientated. I guess people have ruined it by not turning the flash off and now there is just a complete ban on cameras. We really enjoyed
the night and it was great to see them sort of in there natural environment. Dunedin
The following morning we got on the road to Dunedin and got set up in a nice small can site just outside of town. We spent our first day walking around the town and doing some small shopping for Christmas before heading back to the camp site to chill and write some more blogs.
The following day we headed to do a tour of the Cadbury factory. There was only a short tour on because of the holidays but it was still good and we got to try some melted chocolate which Laura really loved, Surprise Surprise! We ended up leaving with more than our fare share of of chocolate from the gift shop but what the hell it is Christmas after all. We finished our day by sitting outside a lovely bar listening to some live music in the glorious sun shine.
Tomorrow we are back on the road this time to Queenstown where we are booked to stay in a hostel for Christmas eve and Christmas day.
Lots of Love
Laura and Ian
There are more photos below