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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Catlins March 20th 2011

Another Sunday exploring New Zealand. Today's road trip was to the Catlins, known as the "hidden gem" of the southeastern coast. The landscape is rugged and runs along the coastal cliffs, with gorgeous views of the ocean, waterfalls, and penguins! Although we were young and adventurous and in cars, we were unable to see absolutely everything we wanted to see in one day. We left Abbey College, bright and early and returned at dinner time, once the sun had nearly set itself down on the ocean. Nugget Point was probably my favourite stop along the way, as the view was like something out of a computer screen saver - vivid blues, stunning cliffs and sharp colourful rocks, covered in sun-bathing sea lions. We wanted to visit the Cathedral Falls but didn't have the time. Instead of ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin March 12th 2011

The Catlins and the Otago Peninsula were a totally different experience to the past couple of weeks in the Fiordland area. Our first stop was Nugget Point which is something we never really planned on doing until Kathie saw a postcard of the lighthouse there and said, “I want to see that.” So we did, and we enjoyed our breakfast watching the sunrise over the lighthouse. On the way to Nugget Point is a hide overlooking a bay where a colony of Yellow-eyed penguins comes ashore every night. Even though you can’t get very close it was fun to see them swim up to the beach and stagger out of the surf and then waddle their way to their nests in the grasslands. The most unexpected surprise was when we decided to go for a drive ... read more
Purakaunui falls
Yellow-eyed penguin

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Catlins February 27th 2011

Quittant la région des fjords, nous nous dirigeons à nouveau en direction des côtes, sous un temps pluvieux qui va nous accompagner en tout cas une bonne semaine malheureusement. Nous plongeons donc totalement dans la région du Southland, allant presque jusqu’à sa pointe. En effet, nous faisons une halte à Invercargill, une ville de 50'000 habitants, rien de bien spécial dans le coin, surtout sous la pluie. Mais depuis là, nous allons atteindre le village (industriel) de Bluff, qui symbolise pour beaucoup de Kiwis le bout du monde. En effet, la route principale qui part du Cape Reinga, tout au nord de l’île du nord (vous vous rappelez, le cap où le Pacifique et la Mer de Tasman se croisent) se termine en ce point, 2200 km plus au sud. En fait, ce n’est pas vraiment ... read more
Bluff : le pôle sud n'est pas loin...
On nous épie, à moins que ce soit l'inverse...
Surat Bay, où on a dormi

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago February 23rd 2011

Après s’être remis de notre trace sur la glace, nous voici quittant momentanément les côtes pour se plonger un peu dans le centre de l’île ! Sans le savoir, pour rallier notre prochaine destination, nous allons emprunter la plus belle route que nous avons faite jusqu’à présent ! Il s’agit de la route entre Haast, petit village vraiment…. minuscule, à peine 200 habitants, et Wanaka, ville du centre sud, située sur les bords du lac du même nom. Sur cette route, pas de village, pas de station essence, donc faut prévoir le coup avant ses 150 km. Il s’agit là de la plus récente des routes reliant l’est et l’ouest de l’île. Elle culmine à 563m, lors du passage du Haast Pass. Passant entre deux vallées glaciaires et rejoignant encore (il y en a 14 dans ... read more
Haast-Wanaka :une des innombrables cascades du coin
Sur la route entre Haast et Wanaka
Arrowtown : où est Clint ?

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago January 22nd 2011

The next leg of our journey was planned to go down through Queenstown and on to Te Anau, but this journey got shortened as we found heaps to do on the way. First of all, we went to an old gold mine, we just spotted it en route to Queenstown and stopped in. They did guided tours which included gold panning which was something we really both fancied trying, just in case we could replace our bad luck on the lottery with good luck in gold!! The tour itself was really interesting, we got to hold some real gold nuggets which had been found on the site, as well as the see the specks of gold which we were more likely to find when panning. The showed us how gold used to be mined, a village ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin January 4th 2011

Day 121-122 4th-5th January Knowing we were not that far from Dunedin we took our time getting there the next morning. We were not to do our next wedding present until late that evening (Penguins in the Forest) so we planned to hang out in Dunedin for a bit before heading up to the Otago Peninsular. We had a couple of things we also wanted to sort out as well. First of all, some eejit had taken the wing mirror cover on the drivers side and knowing that it we took it back to the hire company like that they would charge us $350 (ouch) we had decided to replace it ourselves (as long as it was cheaper). We drove out to Toyota only to find they were still shut because of New Year! Well ok ... read more
Baby penguin 2
baby penguin 3
back from a hard days fishing

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Arrowtown January 3rd 2011

Day 120 3rd January Sadly we had to check out of that great apartment and start heading down towards Dunedin, I kept calling it dun din but it is in fact pronounced dun eden much to my embarrassment. However we didn’t have to be in Dunedin until late the following day so we decided to fit in some last activities in Queenstown as we got quite a soft spot for the place. First on our list was Puzzling World, an amusement park recommended to us way back in South America by a couple we met on the death road leaving La Senda Verde who had just been through New Zealand. When we got there it was very busy and definitely very puzzly, there is a large walk around maze that you start off in, you have ... read more
It just looks wrong
It's an illlussssionnnn
Leaning Tower of Wanaka

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin January 2nd 2011

Hey, Some more pictures from the nice wildlife here in Dunedin! Cheers, Stefan... read more
New Zealand fur seal
New Zealand fur seal
New Zealand fur seal

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown January 1st 2011

Day 118-119 1st-2nd January Happy New Year! Ellory and I were awake surprisingly early and decided to pack up our things and head on out. We were all going our separate ways that day as Gillie and Simon were off to spend that night at his uncle’s house as they had their flight back to Vietnam on the 2nd and had to leave Queenstown at 4.00am on the 2nd to get back to Christchurch in time to make their flight. We had decided to spend a bit longer in Queenstown as there were a lot of things we wanted to do so we loaded our bags into the hire car, thanked Stef for letting us stay and went for a drive to find somewhere to stay for a couple of nights. In the few days we ... read more
The living room

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown December 30th 2010

Day 116-117 30th-31st December Today was the day we were off to Queenstown, Gillie and Simon’s friend from London, Stef had kindly invited all of us plus a couple we know from London, Dan and Julie to stay at his house to celebrate New Year. Gillie, Simon and Stef had also booked in to do a bungee jump at AJ Hacketts (first bungee jump in the world), so we had to be in Queenstown for that. We said goodbye to Simon’s family who had been really cool and headed off. Queenstown was only a couple of hours away and soon we at Stef’s house. It was a gorgeous day again and we all decided to have a couple of drinks on the roof before driving to the bungee site. For anyone that is going to visit ... read more
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Kiwi Bird Park
Gillies jump

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