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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru November 24th 2018

Nov 6 - 8 NOTE (If you missed the last blog about Milford and Queenstown go back through the previous ones as they don’t seem to be in order. And I hope someone is reading these as the emails aren’t going out to my subscribers ...well I have to try and catch up !) Leaving Queenstown we drove along the Cromwell Gorge and aimed to take roads less travelled acros Otago and this we managed to do , as always just stopping whenever we saw a brown tourism sign . There are lots of lakes/ dams along this route and New Zealand makes much of its electricity from hydropower ...we could see why ! Driving over old suspension bridges , and quiet roads ( hardly another car ) into small towns like Clyde and Ophir we ... read more
Dam at Clyde
Little Blue Penguin
what’s this we see ?

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru November 13th 2016

Geo: -45.0977, 170.971We slept 11 hours, woke up and had a lovely hot shower and breakfast, then hit the road.Heading for Oamaru, we decided to detour vua Kurow, a lovely drive thru the countryside and into the hills. Lunch at a cafe in Kurow, then stopped near Duntroon to see the Takiroa rock art site and Elephant Rocks. Then on to Oamaru and checked into the Top10 park. Had a lovely walk into town thru the Botanical Gardens and explored the main street.Back to the van for a cuppa and catchup writing the blog. Out to The Last Post for dinner. Kate had the Lamb Shanks and Sav Blanc. Derek had Chicken Curry and Guiness.Back to the van and and early night, reading and uploading photos.... read more
Chicken, cranberry and brie pizza fir lunch
Elephant Rocks

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru September 12th 2013

Geo: -45.0977, 170.971Day 4: Oamaru to DunedinAnother glorious day on the Otago Peninsula as we head further south to Dunedin. First port of call was the Moeraki Boulders. You guessed it.........no it was not closed but it was high tide and all but a handful were underwater. Debi saved herself a walk along the beach and viewed these pre-historic formations from afar. I however took a few photos' close up. We had a magnificent breakfast at the cafe then headed down to the nearby fishing village, the site of one of the best seafood restaurants on the South Island (Fleurs Place). It was packed however we didn't feel like seafood at 9.00am so we headed back to Highway 1, en-route to Dunedin.The country side improved immensely as we weaved our way through the very hilly mountains ... read more
Speights Brewery - Dunedin
Dunedin Harbour
Baldwin St - Dunedin

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru April 24th 2012

Geo: -45.0977, 170.971Because we had only seen about 5 million penguins (complete with excessive amounts of guano) during our trip to Antarctica a couple of years ago, we decided we had to stop in Oamaru for another application of penguin viewings. To be fair, these were different, and relatively rare penguins- the Yellow Eyed Penguin, and the Little Blue Penguin. Penguins are the puppies of the bird species- you really could sit for hours and watch these cute little weebles wobbling and waddling around on dry land but seemingly with a very serious purpose in mind. And they always remind me of the Penguin character from the old Batman TV series.The Yellow-Eyed Penguins have their own landing beach near Oamaru and while we only saw 12, apparently that was unusually good in that the entire group ... read more
Steampunk Capital Of NZ
Swimming Under Us
Moeraki Boulders- Growing Like Pearls?

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru October 27th 2011

After exploring the little town of Oamaru with it's picturesque whitestone architecture, random op shops and delicious carrot cake we got on our bikes and cycled the windy coastal road meeting the Flying Kiwi bus at our beachside bush camp. The bike ride was awesome - part of it along an unused road impassable by vehicles due to the coastal erosion. Waves crashed to our left and sheep bleated from the endless farmland to our right. Using the cycle route maps provided by Flying Kiwi - within a couple of hours we reached camp. We pitched our tent with a view across the bay and part of the group went off on a tour to see the yellow eyed penguins. After chopping a few veggies and having a natter with fellow cook group helpers we headed ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru February 3rd 2011

Geo: -45.0977, 170.971Dinsdag 3 februariHet kamperen is een beetje wennen voor ons. We moesten vanmorgen even wachten voor we aan de beurt waren om te douchen, het is hier redelijk druk op de camping, alles stond vol. Nog wat water bijvullen en het afvalwater laten weglopen en we waren alweer op weg voor een dag door het landschap van de Lord of the Rings. Eerst reden we door grote groene vlaktes, daarna zacht glooiend, om uiteindelijk in de Alpen van Nieuw-Zeeland terecht te komen. Onderweg hebben we nog even halte gehouden bij enkele mooie meren. Het eerste wandelingetje hebben we nog in mooi weer kunnen maken.'s Middags hebben we gelunched in het mooie panoramarestaurant van het hotel The Hermitage in het dorpje Mt Cook. Het hotel is schitterend gelegen met zicht op de bergen. In de ... read more
Herimitage Hotel, Mt Cook

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru October 27th 2010

Once we had decided to leave Queenstown we headed for a town called Oamaru on the Otago Peninsula, as we would get there around 7pm and we had heard there is a huge ‘little blue’ penguin colony there that comes out of the sea to go ‘home’ after dusk, so we would arrive in time to see them. We got our tickets at the visitor centre then headed to the grandstand outside which overlooked the ocean where the penguins would come out from. We had to be quiet when the came out of the sea so as not to disturb them or they wouldn’t go to their nests, which were really near us. They would then head up a ramp to their nests to feed their waiting chicks. The visitors centre monitors the penguin numbers and ... read more
Photo 6
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Photo 2

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru May 11th 2010

To be poetic, an exquisite jewel of a place, the lower part of the Waitaki Valley is wide and green with mainly sheep and fields, all very well tended, surrounded by hills. Then slowly we moved up the valley, past several dams and the valley became narrower, the hills became mountains and the lakes from the dams took the place of the fields and sheep. Its the colours that made it such a magnificent sight. The blues of the rivers and dams covered the whole spectrum from aquamarine through to sapphire. The deep emerald green of the fields. The trees have turned the most wonderful shades of red through to gold, and where the sun shines through them they look like liquid gold against the deep blue of the sky. There are berries on many of ... read more
Duntroon
Duntroon Blacksmiths
Maori Art

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru December 20th 2008

When we last updated you we were in Hanmer Springs, a quiet thermal town, we woke on Thursday morning to a few earth tremors, a strange experience, felt like someone was rocking the van, so we quickly packed up and set on our way. We arrived in a small town called Geraldine in early afternoon, which gave us a chance to relax and take in the local town, we had lunch at the cafe before having a few well earned beers at the local bar and then visiting a cheese factory, it was about 25'C so we did a spot of sun bathing and had a bar b q, we'd bought some steak earlier in the day, it was so cheap. After the hot weather of Thursday we woke to an overcast morning in Geraldine and ... read more
Us at the top of Mount Victoria
Wellington by Night
View from camper at Hanmer Springs

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru January 15th 2008

hi folks! silvester wollte ich unter menschen verbringen, nicht allein mit mt cook... zu hoch, zu kalt, gefaehrlich halt. und so durfte ich vom 1. auf den 2. den backpacker hueten. was hannes da so alles einfaellt... naja. ich mutierte in den tagen im swaggers zum teilzeitmitglied, jede nacht nach elf begleitete ich die neu angekommenen kinder zu den lieben pinguinen. da zahlt man naemlich keinen eintritt mehr - und das wissen nur local people! yeees! sie sind schon lieb die dinger, aber warum verlangen die leute so viel eintritt, wenn sie sie selbst doch als pest bezeichnen? das ist definitiv touriabzocke. natur gehoert nunmal nur sich selbst, oder etwa nicht? nundenn, es zog mich weiter zu den moeraki boulders. die maori glauben, es sind gottes verloren gegangene einkaufstaschen, und einige brechen auch auf nach soo ... read more
klein pingu
mann, sind
fische?




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