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Dunedin

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  • Day112

    Dunedin

    February 7 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Das war die Stadt, die ein zweites Edinburgh hätte werden sollen und die auch viele Goldsucher angezogen hatte. Heute sind viele Studenten hier. Und ja alle bewundern den Bahnhof, ausserdem die steilste Strasse der Welt...und Tiere.
    "Herr der Ringe"-Fans oder wer den Film "Good for Nothing" kennt, kennt auch die neuseeländische Landschaft. Beide Filme wurden in NZ gedreht. Und wie alles wird es touristisch kräftig vermarktet.Read more

  • Day39

    Dunedin & Otago

    March 19 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Von Brighton aus fuhren wir direkt auf die vor Dunedin gelegene Halbinsel Otago. Dort sahen wir Albatrosse und konnten Seelöwen beim Schwimmen und "sönnele" beobachten. Spannend zu sehen wie die scheinbar trampligen Tiere elegant durchs Wasser glitten und sich dann an einen Stein "kuschelten" 🤗

    Dunedin hat einen grandiosen Bahnhof. Zu gerne hätten wir eine Zugfahrt bis Christchurch gemacht, aber dafür reichte die Zeit nun wirklich nicht mehr.

    Im Zentrum von Dunedin bilden die Strassen ein Achteck um den Moray Place. Da stehen die Kathedrale, das Parlamentsgebäude, das Touri-Infocenter und sonst nur noch ein Restaurant am andern. Wir hatten die Qual der Wahl in welchem wir Abendessen wollten. Wir hatten richtig entschieden: im No. 7 Balmac gab's das beste Fish & Chips, das wir je probierten! 😋

    Wisst ihr wo die steilste Straße der Welt zu finden ist? Jaja, wir dachten bisher auch, dass das die Lombard Street in San Francisco ist. Offizieller Weltrekordhalter ist aber die Baldwin Street in Dunedin mit 35% Steigung. Wir sind die Straße rauf und runter spaziert. Da willst du nicht wissen, was passiert wenn du stürzst. 😬 Wir hatten auch das Vergnügen, Anwohner zu beobachten, wie sie in einem Affentempo mit dem Auto die Straße rauffuhren, hupten und in ihr Anwesen einbogen. Glück wenn niemand da steht... 🙈
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  • Day36

    Dunedin!!

    February 16 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Another easy driving day, checking out the sights along the way. Heading south toward Dunedin, into the Otago region now.

    First stop Moeraki Boulders. Good thing there wasn't a charge for this attraction...probably more impressive at low tide. We were most impressed with how unstable the cliff was and how the restaurant was going to fall down any moment!

    Then onto Fleur's cafe for lunch. Now that met expectations! Not much to look at from the outside but quaint inside and fabulous seafood! 

    Then we make it to Dunedin... the prime motivation for the whole trip in the first place. Kirsten is driving back home from the North Island as we speak so we'll catch up with her tomorrow. 

    More accommodation challenges... fexibility has its dark side.  Last week before university starts and helicopter parents on every corner getting their kiddlies set up. (That was us in days gone by 🙃). So the whole town is full, not to mention the pipe band competition... wth a dozen or more bands from around the region. But we figured it out and we got to know Dunedin a little... cool town with lots of good history.
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  • Day41

    Otago Rail Trail Complete!

    February 21 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Last day on the rail trail. What a super trip!  An easy day of only 27 km...all downhill. Rain forecast again didn't materialize. We had a sun angel on our side the whole time ☀️👼.  The wind devil 💨👿  snuck in a few times but we're tough 💪.

    203 km later we're ready to head back to reality. A perfect transition taking the Taieri Gorge Railroad from Pukerangi to Dunedin. 10 tunnels,12 viaducts, fab gorge views, then back to civilization. It really felt like we were in another world for the last 5 days. You bikers out there..put it in your listRead more

  • Day52

    Save the best for last?

    March 4 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Remote, rugged, jaw-dropping. The Catlins lived up to their billing. No large towns hence...no tour buses.  We had to pick our stops...sights missed may well be picked up on our next trip, as Kirsten plans to stay put for awhile in this beautiful country.

    Papatowai...walk along another great beach then through a natural forest.  Must stop for our long black now.  Then Purakaunui falls ...more serene than Niagara and also beautiful!  Picnic lunch in Owaka.. another cute town. 

    Now the topper! Hike to Nugget Point lighthouse...steep drop on all sides into the sea. 'Nuggets' of land just offshore. A sea-lion having lunch far below...not so far that we can't tell he's eating a baby fur seal 😯.  When you can't go to the 4-Square (Save-on at home). Quite amazing. And don't get too

    Back in Dunedin and a farewell dinner with Kirsten. A busy week starting her final year at uni. Add to that a weekend road trip to a concert in Nelson. Plenty to keep her going! Etrusco Italian restaurant... delicious pasta, cool heritage building, fine Otago chardonnay.... memorable final night.
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  • Day44

    Otago University

    February 24 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Kirsten's educational hangout for the last few years...one more to go. A beautiful old campus.... celebrating 150 years.

    Lunch at Oaken cafe near the Uni. Great to have the local knowledge 😋.

    Visit to Dunedin art gallery. Right by the Octagon...centre of town, 8 sides 😉.  Where we saw the pipe bands. Lots of bars, restaurants, coffee shops. Kirsten's flat 12 min away.

    We like Dunedin 😊. But we may be biased...
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  • Day42

    Dunedin Life

    February 22 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Great escapes so close to town. Tunnel Beach is one. Steep hill down with views that rival Aussie's 12 apostles...Kiwi's own 'London Bridge'.  Watch your step...strong winds and slippery slopes have taken people over the cliff.  A secret tunnel...legend says was built so John Cargill's daughters could sunbathe out of sight of prying eyes...intrigue!

    Hike is rewarded at the NewNewNew brewery...taproom only open on Fridays...our good luck. (Great beer 🍻!)

    Then...the local rugby team has its home opener at Forsyth Barr stadium. We're in! Our first pro rugby game....when in New Zealand..... 🙂.  The Highlanders (which included a number of All Blacks players) prevailed, in a close game against the Queensland Reds (Yay...we beat the Aussies!)  Uni students out in force sitting in the "Zoo" behind the end zone. Great fun!
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  • Day43

    A day in the life...

    February 23 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Woke up...fell out of bed...dragged a comb across my head...    (Beatles 1967)

    Then went for a run.  Parkrun.  5 km free, timed run that happens all over the world on a Saturday morning.  Who knew?  Well...a lovely couple from Manchester who we met on the bike trip.

    This one in Dunedin through the Botanic gardens. After a couple of times on the treadmill this trip, Cindy thought..."I should be able to do this." Bolstered by her support group (Daryl) she now has her first Parkrun under her belt.  Locals say Dunedin is the hardest route in the world...with the 100 m STEEP hill (twice!) that may well be so. Great views, tho I think I'll prefer our Victoria run from Clover Point to the Beacon Hill duck pond!  This was the 99th parkrun for our Manchester buddy. A new addiction?

    Then to Dunedin market...2 weeks in a row...we're regulars!  Delicious crepe filled the gap.  Kirsten got her weekly groceries, then guided us to the Otago peninsula.  Oh dear 😯...more awesome views!   And a trek down to Sandfly Bay...long sandy beach, boogie boards down sand dunes (we took the spectator role on that one), sea lions, haystack in the ocean like the Oregon Coast. Again...only 20 minutes from town. 
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Dunedin, Дънидин, DUD, Ōtepoti, 但尼丁

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