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Published: October 27th 2010
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Arriving in Dunedin after a long 5 hour drive, we were both shattered tired so there was only one thing we could possible do - a brewery tour. After a quick shower and we made our way into The Speights Brewery. (Being very eager though, we were over an hour early so had a few warm up drinks before hand). As we made our way through the tour for an hour or so (With some interesting facts and anicdotes) we finished with our tasting session. This was a free bar to drink as much as you can in 25 minutes. GAME FACE! Leaving here (Alot happier and much less co-ordinated than when we arrived), we returned to the bar next door to round off the evening with a nightcap. A very good start to our time in Dunedin.
Waking the following morning without a major hangover was like winning the lottery. Today we were to drive out to Otago Penisula where we would visit a penguin colony and see the Yellow Eyed Penguin (one of the rarest penguin in the world). We were also lucky enough to see some fur seals up close & even a few walrus on the
The morning after the night before!!!!
beach below. Our tour was through a series of underground tunnels & lookout posts so as not to frighten of disterb the penguins. These landed us to within a mere few feet of the nesting birds, as close as was possible. The numbers of these birds is thought to be as few as 8,000 left in the world today and are only found on the South Island of New Zealand. (Perhaps partly as they were once a delicasy for the Mauri People).
Driving the East coast towards Lake Tekapo brought with it some very different stops. Just north of Dunedin, a stop off at the Moreaki Boulders was a must do. These natural geological rocks have been smoothed and shaped by the sea to look like giant marbles resting on the shoreline. Perfect for some stupid picture poses. After another long drive through some beautiful scenery saw us arrive in Lake Tekapo. This was a tiny little town located on the egde of the lake with water so turquoise blue, neither of us had even seen anything like it before. We spent a total of three nights here, mainly just relazing (although this was due to some bad weather).
A duckling with go-faster stripes.
In one day we had sunshine in the morning, followed by rain which then turned to snow, gale force winds and it was so cold overnight the condensation on the inside of the windows in our camper turned to ice. Brrr.... We did however get some beautiful days where we would relax by the lake and in the evenings venture over to 'The Chapel of the Good Shepherd' for some beautiful sunset photographs. We were also joined everyday by a family of ducklings who had set up camp next to our campervan..... and they tasted delicious!!!
So we were finally coming towards the end of our time in New Zealand, as we made our way to Kaikora where we would then head south to Christchurch.
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