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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin November 14th 2016

Geo: -45.8746, 170.503Kate had a rough night, and then felt the van rocking - Derek slept thru it, but we were both woken up shortly after with friends checking up on us. Luckily the quake was far enough away that we were not effected directly by it.Replied to all the messages in the morning, and headed off to Dunedin, a bit rainy, but still a pretty drive.Arrived in Dunedin, and had to sort out a power problem at home. The main fuse needed to be replaced. Many thanks to Julie next-door for organizing the electrician.Headed into Dunedin for a bit of sight seeing, had burgers at Velvet Burger, then off to the Early Settlers Museum to ride a Penny Farthing bike.Back to the van for a cuppa, and walked to the beach before the rain returned.Chicken ... read more
Riding the Penny Farthing
Kate at Dunedin Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin January 12th 2015

Geo: -45.8746, 170.503Was very excited to get to Dunedin which is in Otago Region of the Southern Island, which I first became aware of when travelling to Wellington years ago for work and was exposed to the Otago Highlanders in the elite rugby league.Dunedin is the 2nd largest city in NZ in terms of land mass next to Auckland and is the 7th largest city in terms of population (approximately 120,000), but is recognized as one of 4 main cities for historic, cultural and geographic reasons (plus Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch) - 2 islands their main north and south cities. The maori name is Otepoti - the place beyond which one cannot go, where waka (canoes) had to be put ashore.Dunedin is the modified gaelic word for Edinburgh. Dùn Èideann. The Scots and English settlers arrived in ... read more
Happy "Southern Man"
Happy Rails
Parera House

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin February 14th 2014

Geo: -45.8746, 170.503We left Te Anau early - 7.30am- to get to Invergargill for breakfast. It was an easy drive with almost no traffic this far south, passing farms and tiny villages and hillsides lit up by the sun in the early morning, which soon faded as we approached a rather dreary Invergargill- so like Scotland. The next stage of the drive took us through the Catlins- rugged coastal scenery with wonderful sandy beaches, but not the weather to attract a long stop over. Fortunately we found some petrol at the Information- Site to get us to Dunedin. We had one great ambition in Dunedin, to visit the Royal Albatross Centre to see Albatross with their chicks and to see them flying. There were 5 nesting Albatross clearly visible from the viewing centre and when they ... read more
waitig for the penguins to appear
an albatross
albatross and chick

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin December 9th 2013

Monday 9th December, 2013. Dunedin and Penguins Dunedin is Gaelic for "Edinburgh of the South" and was originally setlled by the Scots in 1848. It is the furthest city away from London in the world - 19,100 km (11,870 miles). It has a population of about 120,00 people. Apologies for this longer than normal blog - we did a hell of a lot today. After breakfast we set off an a self-guided city tour of the city. Our first stop was St Paul's Anglican Cathedral. The cathedral is built in a West to East direction instead of the traditional East to West due to the lie of the hill. The building has many beautiful stained glass windows but the largest is The War Memorial Window which is located above the Great Door. This window honours all ... read more
27. . Dunedin Railway Station
29. Railway Station Interior
44. M on a Penny Farthing, Settlers Museum

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin December 8th 2013

Sunday 8th December, 2013. Southern Scenic Route and Otago Peninsula We left the hospital (Youth Hostel) and started on our way to Dunedin. Our first stop was the Historic Railway Tunnel Walk which we were unable to do yesterday because of the dreadful weather. It was a bit muddy but at least it wasn't raining. The tunnel was excavated under what was then named "McDonald's Saddle". It is the southernmost railway tunnel in NZ. It was begun in 1891 and took nearly 2 years to complete. It is 246 metres long and the construction involved up to 70 men. All the bricks were made nearby. It cost £9316 in total. Construction of the entire line was done using pick, shovel and barrow. The line was closed in 1971. The walk was fairly pleasant. The notice at ... read more
16 Fishing Boats Taieri Mouth
19. Brighton Beach
28. Fletcher House Master Bedroom and  Our Guide

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin September 14th 2013

Geo: -45.8746, 170.503After some overnight rain we woke to a cold but clear morning. We ordered some room service breakfast as we had an early start, needing to be in Te Anau by 12.00 pm to catch a trip to the Glow Worm Caves. We refuelled the car for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised at both the price of fuel and the low amount of diesel that the Santa Fe had actually used. The trip down highway 1 was pleasing on the eyes but Debi complained of a headache because she saw two many sheep.Our first stop was Gore, the Brown Trout capital of the South Island, here we found the Hokonui Moonshine Museum and the home of the south's illicit whiskey making. This was well worth a stop and we even tried ... read more
On the road to Te Anau
Boarding for the Te Anau Glow Worm Cave Tour
Lake Te Anau - the second largest lake in NZ

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin January 26th 2013

Left Melbourne 4.00p.m. 23/1/2013, been sailing day and night for two days. The first day Gloria left her phone on table and someone pinched that in a flash. Have seen a few shows onboard the first couple of days, horse racing etc. Was a pretty rough and windy crossing from Melbourne to NZ. Betty and Muz great company and its great to share meals, drinks etc with lovely friends. Finally arrived at Milford Sound on Australia Day 7.00a.m., we entered Milford Sound (width only 600mts) and sailed the length of this, very scenic and the weather was fantastic 27 degrees, we were very lucky as the last two cruises couldn't enter as the weather was so bad! Saw lots of birdlife and seals along the way. As we exited Mildford Sound to sail south to other ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin April 20th 2012

Geo: -45.8746, 170.503Crossing the southern tip of the South Island was all about dodging sheep (there are a reported 20 sheep for every person on the South Island- very believable as the little fur balls are everywhere), but the cows are omnipresent as are the deer farms (apparently the deer are captured via helicopter in the massive Fjordland National Park and moved to venison farms outside the boundaries- they are not native to NZ and are destroying the sensitive local flora). We rolled into Dunedin with just enough time to get Big Blue comfortable for the night and race down to the local stadium for our first taste of top flight New Zealand Rugby. Rugby is a religious state of mind in New Zealand in much the same way that the sport of hockey is in ... read more
DH And Close Friends
Drive To Dunedin
More Sheep Than People

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin January 19th 2012

Thursday - just so Iknow! Getting my hotel room numbers mixed up - it's either the wine or the number of hotels or dementia - tick the appropriate box. Interesting day................bit of a mix up with our trip booking: Monarch thought we were doing a morning trip and we thought it was a full day one. All worked out in our favor as we we got a free Larnach Castle visit - wouldn't have chosen to go on it but we really enjoyed it. Even had a piper there (Glen) to welcome the visitors (off the cruise ships) - he was pretty good given that he is about 5 generations removed from being Scottish! The guide was excellent, giving us all the scandal about the Larnach family. Then the trip we expected to go on started: ... read more
View from Larnach Castle...
Larnach Castle gardens....
Stewart Island....

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin May 29th 2011

We set off in the morning, with the promise of sunny but brisk autumn weather, to the Otago Peninsula. After travelling along the harbour, we took a narrow road, surrounded by cliffs to the Larnach Castle - New Zealand's only castle, built in 1871. Of course, this 'castle' was more of a large estate home than the castles found across Europe. Not only did we explore all the handcrafted rooms of this lavish estate but we also wandered through the beautifully shaded gardens, full of swans, flowers and sculptures. One of my favourite plants that I encountered was the 'black grass' - I like it's macabre appearance. After a spot of tea by the fireplace in the cafe, Sarah and I played between the Alice and Wonderland statues and sat in the Queen of Heart's chair. ... read more
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