Blogs from Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 47


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin December 27th 2006

Merry Christmas! Sorry we have been so slack about our blogs, but in the past few weeks we haven't been doing too much that merits an entry. Kirsty has been working hard during the week at her speech therapy job, and I have been learning all sorts of things about the specialty foods business. The cafe that I work in sells products from all over the world, and most of it are things that I have no idea about. I am constantly asking the other staff to translate into kiwi for me, and they all find me very amusing. I usually work saturdays, so most of the time we only have sunday to explore the area. That said, we have been up to a few things, and have seen some pretty cool stuff. Since it has ... read more
Our Flat
Our View
Surly the Sea Lion

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin December 27th 2006

More photos online! Check it out at That's my Christmas present for you! :) ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin December 20th 2006

נוסע עם אורי לגור רציתי למצוא חווה לא הלך מי יודע מה משם אורי ממשיך וואנקה ואני לדנידן הדעתי לדנידן לאכסניה של רן שפירא היו חיששות בהתחלה וואלה אתם יודים , יראלי , אכסניה, ישר כל מיני מחשבות מסתבר אחלה בו אדם אחלה אכסניה אינטרנט חופשי רן היה ממש חופשי התמקמתי באכסניה ונסעתי הערב לפלינצ'לה לראות פינגווינים כחולים ראיתי רק אחד שעשה טובה אבל היה שם כלב ים שהפתיע אותנו עמדתי כמו כלב בגשם וברוח כשחזרתי לאכסניה פגשתי שוב את טלי וחגית למחרת הסתובבנו ביחד רצינו ללכת למעל שוקולד אבל היה מלא ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin December 10th 2006

Dunedin is a very pretty old town and has a distincly Scottish feel about the place (I think Dunedin is Edinburgh in Gaelic or something). It is also the home of NZ's oldest university which was set up by the enlightened Scotsmen. I thought that a good way to see the place would be through a city tour. We saw Baldwin Street which is the world's steepest street, the university and all the other stuff. This included the world's longest "urinal" which is the back of a rope factory (so consequently a very long building) just round the corner from the rugby stadium!! In the afternoon the tour continued out to the Otago peninsula which is know for it's wildlife including penguins, seals and albatross. First stop was the albatross colony where we had some great ... read more
Baldwin Street
University clock tower
The Otago Peninsula

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin December 9th 2006

We arrived on South Island after a smooth overnight crossing from Wellington. We pulled over by the ferry port and slept for a few hours before heading along the east coast to Kaikora. Here we caught up with our travelling buddies, Hannah and Gareth, and enjoyed a few nights free camping and we used the savings to fund the local bar. Mike and Gareth invested in a surf lesson while the girls got themselves steadily intoxicated in a local bar (who got the better deal????). The boys thourghly enjoyed their surf lesson so much so that they persuaded the girls to do a lesson the next afternoon. Mike loved it so much he decided to purchase a wet suit, boots and a 7 ft 2 inch surfboard!! The next afternoon the girls joined the instructor and ... read more
Becky and Hannah before their surf lesson
Franz Joseph Glacier
Franz Joseph Glacier

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin December 4th 2006

After Abel Tasman we had originally planned to go down the West Coast of the South Island to the glaciers but due to bad weather there (loads of rain and cloud etc) we decided to go over to the South East coast instead to Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula (rather a long drive but at least it was sunny when we got there!). It is really quiet there with a Scottish influence, there is even a castle. The other big attraction is wildlife; seals, penguins and albatross. We did a 4WD tour on this little farm buggy on an area of private land, it was really good. The land is farm land and they have some beautiful beaches which are totally untouched, nobody goes on them (not even the owners) to allow the wildlife to live ... read more
On a penguin stakeout
Tired Seal!
Playful Sealions

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin December 2nd 2006

Dunedin Thur Had a leisurely day doing the sporting museum which is a museum made up of the rugby team,cricket team and any medal winners for the Olympics, this museum is based on the to floor of the railway station which is the most photographed building in Dunedin. Then went back and relaxed at the hostel. At night went back into town and they were switching the lights on, on the Xmas tree there was a good group and a solo singer singing various songs as well as Xmas carols. Dunedin Fri Went and walked to the Otogao Museum which is a 15 min walk from the hostel this museum is the history of the area, very good museum in the way it was built and described the happenings and the models this took a good ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin November 29th 2006

Following yesterdays trip to Milford Sound, the weather has not got any better and to top it all the heater on the bus has broke down, The trip is boring with only 2 stops which are for breakfast and toilets. On arrival in Dunedin we were toldit was Gallic for Edinburgh and there is a statue of Robbie burns in the octagon. We were dropped off at our hostels and then some people went to the Cadbury’s factory for a tour, I went into the city for a walk around.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin November 28th 2006

Well it's true, so we have been playing the Kaiser Chiefs alot recently! Since we left you in Peru, we had a relaxing break in the north of Chile in a town called Arica. Unfortunately though, we didn't get as far as the beach as the lovely stomach bug reappeared so we stayed by the pool in our hotel. However, a course of antibiotics later, I fully recovered and we caught a first class bus down to Santiago which took a whopping 30 hours! 30 hours on a bus, 'we must be mad!' But it was fine as we had full on beds and caught up on a lot of sleep and chilled out watching our last scenes of South America whizz by. So New Zealand... we arrived on Tuesday 21st November at 9 o'clock in ... read more
Princess Kerrie
Matt enjoying a New Zealand lager
Some rather rarely seen sheep.......

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin November 25th 2006

Kia Ora one and all! We hope all our friends and loved ones are well. Hope the Americaners had a happy Thanksgiving with lots and lots of turkey and pumpkin pie. We are having a belated Thanksgiving feast tonight, so preparing to burst our waistlines and fall asleep on the couch! Oh, and congratulations to Fiona and Martin on expecting their second bambino!! Well, it's been a while since our last update, mainly because we've taken a break from the hostelling and travelling, and have settled down for a few months. We have settled in Dunedin on the south east coast of the South Island, and have been here for 3 weeks now. It wasn't a place we had planned to visit initially, but I got offered a short term contract down here and now that ... read more
Christchurch at dusk
moeraki boulders

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