Blogs from Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin June 9th 2018

One of the coolest things about this trip is how the destinations have been totally dictated by the homes of my friends around the world. I was telling people I was going to visit Dunedin before I could even pronounce it correctly. No seriously, I had to be corrected almost a half dozen times before it stuck. Duh-NEE-din. It's a university town waaaay south on the South Island and I visited in the middle of winter. The air was crisp, but compared to Wisconsin, Jenny and I had to have a good laugh about this 'winter' where everything is canceled if snow stays on the ground. The interesting thing is that we grew up a few minutes north of the 45 degree North Parallel and now we were reunited near the 45 degree South Parallel! Oh, ... read more
Sheep with an awesome office view
Our first beer together. Ever!
Katiki Historic Reserve

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin April 6th 2018

Blog 20 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand, April 3 ,2018 – Weather forecast: sunny with scattered clouds; temperature 19°C, wind 22kts (5 Beaufort) This morning we docked in Port Chalmers at the bulk cargo pier and container port. The Noordam was joined by the Sun Princess as neither vessel, due to the fact that they are both weigh over 28,000 tons, could journey up the channel to the docks in Dunedin. Dunedin, which derives its name from Dun Eideann the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, was designed to mimic portions of the New Town district of Edinburgh. The strong Scottish heritage can be seen throughout the architecture of the city. Scottish migrants settled here in 1848 making Dunedin the oldest city in New Zealand and in 1861 it became the gateway to the gold fields in ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin March 23rd 2018

So much for coming to the Southern Hemisphere to escape the British winter. It’s the same temperature in Dunedin as Bournemouth. First task today is to unpack my fleeces which I put at the bottom of my suitcase thinking they were no longer needed. At least it’s stopped raining, which is good as we have a lot to fit in today. We start with a whistle stop tour of Dunedin. We walk round the octagonal city centre dominated by a large Robbie Burns statue (one of the first Scottish settlers was his nephew). It has some impressive buildings courtesy of the 19th Century gold rush. We visit the cathedral with its colourful stained glass windows depicting St Paul surrounded by penguins, seals and albatrosses. Then on to the art gallery, always a risk with the old ... read more
Dunedin Robbie Burns statue
Dunedin Cathedral
Dunedin Cathedral stained glass

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin March 22nd 2018

After breakfast (a meal made more dramatic by the old man getting his hot cross bun stuck in the toaster and almost burning down the shed), we venture forth to check out Oamaru. LP claims it to be both Dickensian and hip, cool and freaky. I am intrigued to see how this pans out. We can’t resist a visit to Steampunk HQ - a museum full of weird stuff. It’s awesomely insane or maybe insanely awesome. It contains all sorts of bizarre contraptions, a seriously strange laboratory and my favourite – The Portal. It’s a small room of glass and mirrors decorated with strings of lights. You shut yourself in to watch an infinite light show. Next on my itinerary are the Moeraki Boulders; a collection of spherical boulders on the beach. The old man is ... read more
Steampunk HQ
Steampunk HQ
Steampunk HQ

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin November 15th 2017

In Dunedin fahren wir nach einem Besuch bei der I-Site und einem kleinen Stadtspaziergang zum Bahnhof, um dort zu nächtigen. Nach einer Schokoattacke – möglicherweise bedingt durch die unmittelbare Nähe der Cadbury-Fabrik - funktioniert das Nächtigen auch wirklich gut bist auf ein paar Güterzüge, die wie kleine Erdbeben an uns vorbeirollen… Heute werden wir vollenden, was Bernadette gestern Abend abermals recherchiert und vor Monaten angefangen hat: unsere Unterkünfte auf den Fijis buchen 😊 Nach einem 4 Stunden Marathon im Cafe Iconic – Danke für die Geduld der Mitarbeiterinnen, den Kaffee und die leckeren Speisen – ist es vollbracht: Ankunftshotel und Abflughotel samt Hauptaufenthalt auf einer tollen Insel sind gebucht – zum Glück stehen die Wetterprognosen alle auf Regen. Auf Regen?!?! What the… Naja, immerhin hat es zumindest 24 Grad – und f... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin May 8th 2017

La Boucle du Sud est bouclée, ma 3ème tentative a été la bonne. Ce mois-ci mon voyage ne suit aucune logique, mais qu'importe. Parti de Nelson en direction de Wellington, Maria me demande de lui vendre ma voiture, je suis ok avec l'idée mais les faits sont que j'ai déjà pris mes billets pour le ferry, et pour aller retrouver Jooske à Dunedin... Du coup je quitte Nelson (île sud), vais à Wellington une nuit chez Rebecca et Patrick (île nord), file à Dunedin une semaine (île sud) et reviens à Wellington (île nord) pour rentrer dans quelques jours à Nelson (île sud) et vendre ma voiture... Je ne partirai décidément jamais de Nelson ! haha. Cette semaine à Dunedin était géniale, les premiers jours plus ou moins sous la pluie, j'ai travaillé au jardin en ... read more
C'est parti !!!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin March 1st 2017

I am going to jump around a little in the order of these posts, keep everyone guessing! So the 3rd cruise I went on was actually the 1st cruise with my now hubby. Funny story, we had actually booked this cruise with my Sister and brother in law, but my sister fell pregnant and had to cancel so we cruised on our own, what an experience. This cruise was our first big trip together and was the most days we had consecutively spent together (eeeek). The cruise departed in December 2013 between Christmas and New Year. This time my parents actually offered to drive us to the ship, instead of meeting us there to wave us off (check out my previous post here where this happened haha). We boarded the ship at about noon, and thankfully ... read more
NYD - Sounds
Tauranga Volcano

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin January 7th 2017

Apologies - I don't have pictures for this one yet. The guys have taken the majority of the photos the past few days due to me being the driver, and the few that I've taken, I've used my actual camera for instead of my iPhone and haven't downloaded them onto the computer. Since it's late and this took about an hour to recap, I'm skipping them for now (but may go back and add them in a few days, we'll see.) We've covered a lot of territory over the past few days. Our supposed 5 hour drive to Fox Glacier from Christchurch actually took more than 6. We made a few stops to take pictures, and the road through the Southern Alps was filled with more twists and turns and ups and downs than an M. ... read more
Lake Wanaka
Yellow Eyed Penguin

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin January 3rd 2017

So much to catch up on... where to start?? I think I'll break this out in a few entries so it's easier to keep up with the pictures. I have met a lot of fun people on Contiki and have been hanging out people from all over the world. We started our journey in Christchurch which is still rebuilding from the earthquake. There is construction everywhere, lots of graffiti and a lot of people have left the city. It's sad because it is known as the garden city but you wouldn't know that now. We started our bus drive down to Lake Ohau. It is BEAUTIFUL here. There are rolling green hills as far as you can see and so many sheep! There are about 4 million people in New Zealand and 40 million sheep. Perfect ... read more
Richie McCaw!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin December 31st 2016

Spent Christmas in Christchurch, or just outside of Christchurch on the olive grove. Was nice, but not really Christmas with no snow, no turkey, no tree, etc. Our hosts cooked us a nice Christmas breakfast and then left us a plate of baking. We left there Monday the 26th and Bob wanted to stop at the mall, but after looking for a parking spot for half an hour we gave up, Boxing Day is a big shopping day here too. We drove, on the advise of a local we met in Hanmer Springs, to Lake Tekapo. The holiday park was chocker (full) so we ended up camping in the overflow area. Way too busy and not really a great place so Tuesday morning we packed up and headed for Timaru. Had 3 nights in Timaru. Nice ... read more
Lupins Lake Tekapo

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