December 2018 - January 2019
  • Day24

    Dunedin Royal albatross centre

    January 4, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Today we went to the royal albatross to see, you guessed it royal albatross. We had a tour booked at 11 however before that we went to one of the viewing platforms at the side of the peninsula and saw a seal swimming upside down with its flippers in the air casually swimming around. Our guide was really informative and obviously knew his stuff which was great as it meant that he could answer any questions we had. The albatross were huge and we were lucky in the fact that it was a bit windy so we saw a couple of them flying. We saw three others on some nests. We also saw the old fort that was built there which had a "disappearing gun" which was very interesting to learn about. After the albatross centre we headed up to oamaru and along the way stopped at the moeraki boulders where mum fed some alpacas.

    Figure 1: seal
    Figure 2: albatross on nest
    Figure 3: flying albatross
    Figure 4: my wingspan compared to an albatrosses
    Figure 5: the centre
    Figure 6: moeraki boulders
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  • Day20

    New years

    December 31, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    On new years eve we went on a couple of waterfall walks and then went down pounawea for fireworks at 12am. We went to purakaunui waterfall first and then to papatowai beach for a picnic. On our way back we went passed the lost gypsy and went in. It was very quirky and cool with lots of amazing "gadgets and gizmos" as he called them which there were. Before arriving back in owaka we also went to the matai and horseshoe waterfall. At the matai and horseshoe falls there was also a path along the old railway which we did a little bit of.

    After dinner and a film we went down to pounawea at around 2200 for the fireworks and for 2019!

    Figure 1: matai falls
    Figure 2: purakaunui falls
    Figure 3: two people that love tuna
    Figure 4: train route at matai falls
    Figure 5: fireworks
    Figure 6: lost gypsy
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  • Day19


    December 30, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Today we chilled out after Stewart island, I caught up on my diary because I hadn't even done the first day in Christchurch 😬 so I had some catching up to.

    In the afternoon we went done to a jamming session of a local band which was nice and we met Pete and Tori who were very nice. Pete was on slide guitar, Tori sung one of the songs. There was some one on bass and drums and then Pete and Toris friend from the east coast was also there on sax.

    Figure 1: the only picture I took was this young tui that looked like a starling
    Fugure 2: On Stewart island we heard a tui that sounded remarkably like a geonosian from star wars
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  • Day18

    Invercargill, New Zealand

    December 29, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we travelled back from oban to bluff to head back to owaka. We made a few stops before arriving back in owaka. First we stopped at the start/end of route one which is the 1236km state highway 1.

    Our next stop was the invercagill transport world which very interesting and one of the highlights was the themed bathrooms. A lorry there had over 6million km on the clock and there were almost all of the first Ford models ever made. We made another stop at the botanic gardens to have a look at the tuatara where we saw Henry who is over 100years old. We made a couple more stops at a supermarket and a home depot type store and then a final stop at balclutha to have a look at Ali's school. The school looked very nice and had large grounds for football and other sports to be played on. We headed back to owaka after this.

    Figure 1: route 1 sign
    Figure 2: Christmas tree made from hub caps
    Figure 3: dad and I driving a lorry
    Figure 4: bus driver Ruben and the naughty kids in the back
    Figure 5: a cool truck
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  • Day17

    2nd day in oban

    December 28, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    For our full day in Stewart island we hired some electric bikes to get around faster. We first cycled to rakiura track and did the first 20min or so and managed to walk to little river which was a nice beach. We cycled then to ackers point and saw a molly hawk there as well on the rocks. Over the couple of days we 2ere we saw loads of different birds including, kakas, parakeets, tuis and wood pigeons. It had been very hot during the day so we decided to head over to golden bay for a quick dip which was very nice but a bit chilly, the water was incredibly clear. By this point it was almost time to give the bikes back so we headed back to the shes to hand them in. Although we didnt see any kiwis the previous night we decided to go out again and it had been raining which we were told is better for the kiwis so we would be more likely to see them, so we headed out. We headed to the same place as before and almost as soon as we got there we heard an enormous racket as two kiwis thundered through the Bush. I'll be honest I thought it was a dog that was going to burst out and bite me. They sprinted across the path it was quite hard to see them so we justed waited on the track very still. We could hear them eating and scratching around in the Bush. Then they started to come closer to the path and we could see them. We stood very still and quite and they came up onto the path walking slowly and pecked at our shoes for a little while and then they would chase each other off into the Bush and then come back up to us. This happened a few times until they wondered off and we headed back to the hostel pretty spaces out.

    Figure 1: panorama of little river beach
    Figure 2: me infront if the sea
    Figure 3: the kiwi (turn up the brightness)
    Figure 4: horseshoe bay
    Figure 5: golden bay
    Figure 6: oban
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  • Day16

    Travelling to oban

    December 27, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We travelled to Stewart island today. We drove to bluff to catch the ferry that lucky there was a space on because we couldn't book it due to it being Christmas. The crossing was good fun and on a few waves you could feel the boat fall down the other side as your stomach lifted up. We saw a few mollyhawks which are a type of albatross. When we arrived in oban we had the good idea to stop for lunch less than 10min after getting off the ferry. The hostel was very nice and in the afternoon dad and I did some exploring and went to bathing beach. Dad went for a swim that was apparently pretty chilly. On the way back from the beach we saw a wood pigeon really close up. After dinner ali, dad, mum and I went to look for kiwis but we had no luck.

    Figure 1: me at the back of the boat
    Figure 2: dad, mum and Ali trekking up a hill
    Figure 3: bathing beach
    Figure 4:dad swimming
    Figure 5: wood pigeon
    Figure 6: kiwi sign
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  • Day15

    Curio bay

    December 26, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Instead of going straight to bluff to get the ferry to Stewart island we went to curio bay and stopped at the mclean falls on the way. Curio bay was amazing, we saw trees that were 170 million years old, swam with hector dolphins in the wild and saw a yellow eyed penguin. The tide was really far out which meant we had a good view of the trees. The hector dolphin's were very curious and we could see them surfing down the waves. As soon as dad and I got in they decided to head down to the other side of the beach but they did come back up and swam about a metre away from dad and i, it was pretty cool. To warm up we went for a walk at another lighthouse and saw a couple of sea lions on the beach. As we didnt see the penguins near the nuggets we decided to go back to where the trees are to try and see the yellow eyed penguins. They had already come up the rocks but one decide to catch the last rays of sun. It was quite comical and trudged down the rocks to get a drink and then trudged back up hopping up any obstacles.

    Figure 1: McLean falls
    Figure 2: fossilised tree stump
    Figure 3: lighthouse
    Figure 4: sealion
    Figure 5: yellow eyed penguin
    Figure 6: waves crashing against the rocks
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  • Day14

    Christmas day

    December 25, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Christmas day was a very relaxing day where we all relaxed and went for a swim. Christmas dinner that jill made was very nice and the Christmas cake decorations where inspired by mount cook national park.

    Figure 1: all of us having Christmas dinner
    Figure 2: Christmas dinner
    Figure 3: cake explained
    Figure 4: the cake
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  • Day13

    Owaka day 2

    December 24, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Today we did pretty much the same as yesterday. Another swim in the pool, dad and Ali did a bit more hedge trimming. After dinner we went to nugget lighthouse and saw some fur seals with their pups, a seal lion and also a tui in the flaks at Ali and Jill's house. After the nuggets we went down to a penguin hide on the beach but we didnt see any.

    Figure 1: view from the hide
    Figure 2: the lighthouse
    Figure 3: the nuggets
    Figure 4: Ali, dad, mum and I infront of the nuggets
    Figure 5: fur seal pup view through binoculars
    Figure 6: sealion sunbathing
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  • Day12

    First day in owaka

    December 23, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Today dad and I went swimming in the community pool which is really cool and easy to use. We then sorted 9ut the bikes, dad was put to work headge trimming and then in the evening we went for a walk on new haven beach.

    Figure 1: view from my crib
    Figure 2: view from Ali and Jill's decking
    Figure 3: the beach, next stop in that direction in Antarctic
    Figure 4: sunset on the beach
    Figure 5: a shoe tree
    Figure 6: a spoonbill feeding
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