Blogs from Otago Peninsula , Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin » Otago Peninsula April 12th 2014

William and Catherine at St. Paul's cathedral got a good sighting people here very friendly no loud screaming just polite quiet cheers heading off to otago peninsula for trip to hopefully see albatross and penquins will be a hardy walk out to see them but worth it .rain has stopped. Ate in nice French restaurant for dinner ron did a great driving here took about 4 hours later we took a trip out to see penguins and albatross # AMAZING . Once in a lifetime viewing of royal albatross and yellow eyed penguin. This was on my list to do, we'll worth the cold and wind 🌊☔️👏👏... read more
St Paul's Cathedral Dunedin
Prince William in Dunedin
William and Kate in DUnedin

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin » Otago Peninsula November 10th 2013

The day dawned bleak, both in the sky and in my head. The couple of bottles of wine shared last night had done their worst and while Anne and Mo slept it off, caffeine was my friend. Not long on the road and the skies opened up... my companions commenting that it was not a day to be standing on the side of the road trying to get a lift. Sometimes the best things aren't planned. About an hour into the drive, we noticed a cheese factory off the side of the road and decided to pull in. Evandale Cheese is made from all local milk (literally, the farm was 5km up the road), and we sampled a number of soft and hard cheeses while having a chat to the man behind the counter. Turns out ... read more
Purakaunui Falls 4
Purakaunui Bay Campsite
Purakaunui Falls 1

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin » Otago Peninsula November 4th 2013

Saw my first wild penguins today! They are a very endangered species called yellow-eyed. Only 700 occupy an area of about 700km along the southern coast of the South Island with another 2000 on two other small, uninhabited islands. The preserve here on Otago Peninsula is trying to conserve while still maintaining limited viewing. Anyway, they were still sitting on eggs which should start hatching in a few weeks. So not a lot of activity except for one juvenile who had just come back from his first season of winter feeding and was standing around waiting to moult his first set of seawater feathers and trying to score some territory for future mating. If no one chases him away - it's his. Both towns are very influenced by their Scots first settlers. Dunedin (pronounced dun eden) ... read more

After waking up a bit later than we were supposed to in Queenstown we quickly showered, ate and got on the road to Dunedin. It was a long drive and we arrived a little later than planned as my map reading skills are pretty terrible and I ended up getting us lost for over an hour - whoooopsie! Eventually Jon managed to find the campsite at around 6pm. We were both shattered by the time we arrived so we made dinner and had ourselves an early night. The next morning we woke up and made a full English Breakfast with our newly purchased HP Brown sauce. Our first full English of the trip and the first bit of brown sauce-It was soooo good! After getting ready we set out on our drive to the Otago peninsula ... read more
Sandfly Bay
Moeraki Boulders
Lake Tekapo

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