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Dunedin City

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  • Day18

    Delightful Dunedin

    February 7 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Our ship docked this morning at Port Chalmers on the mainland of NZ South Island. This was where Scottish settlers first arrived in 1848 on the ship John Wickliffe. Rather than go on an official tour, we took the local bus the 13k into Dunedin - New Zealand’s oldest city - given the Celtic name for Edinburgh by the early Scottish settlers. It enjoys the status of being the furthest city in the world from London.

    A highlight for me was visiting Dunedin Railway Station with its ornate Flemish Renaissance-style architecture and gorgeous Minton tiles on the inside - apparently this is the most photographed building in New Zealand. Scottish names and influences are everywhere in this area - St Kilda, Portobello, Musselburgh - the museum even had a preserved cable car going to Maryhill!

    We enjoyed a walk round the central Octogon area, featuring a pride-of-place statue of Rabbie Burns, and the excellent Art Gallery which included interactive exhibits involving hammocks and free tea making. At the Chinese Garden we had more tea and dumplings (although these were not as good as Alice’s mum’s homemade ones). We finished up at the extensive and fabulous Otago Settlers Museum - almost as good as Oban’s Museum yesterday - and this one was free! 😂

    On our departure from Port Chalmers, the ship passed an albatross colony, and there was great excitement as almost all passengers, including zimmers and wheelchairs, clambered up to the Crow’s Nest bar for a glimpse of the creatures. I have to say they looked much like the seagulls at Largs who steal your fish supper.
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  • Day82

    Sea lions!

    January 27 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We took it slow in the morning with showers, breakfast and some more research. Machiel managed to get a check up appointment for his returning flight-ear-problem. Since that was gonna be on Wednesday, we needed to stay in the area. With the Otago Peninsula in front of us, we didn't mind.

    Our first stop was Allan's Beach. Apparently it was possible to see sea lions here. We weren't too convinced because that's what they say at many beaches in this area and then you might see some seals. This time it turns out we were too pessimistic, because right when we arrived at the beach we saw one rolling back into the ocean. Then further down the beach we saw another one. They're pretty big, and they weren't too impressed by us making some pictures. There were some seals too, and on our way walking back to the car we spotted a sea lion coming out of the ocean onto the beach. They like to roll in sand, we learned. And they're a bit picky and it takes awhile before they find their perfect spot to lie down in.

    Right after we drove to the Royal Albatross center up north. Being surrounded by hundreds of seagulls apparently smells like shit, and is very noisy. We didn't know what else we expected. The center had a little free museum which wasn't bad to wander through. We didn't feel like it was worth the money however to go on a King Albatross tour. We had a look around the viewpoints in the area. More loudness and smell.

    The campsite in Portobello was nice, and the weather was too, so we spent some time researching in the grass. Our spot for the night was as big as 6 in the previous campsite. So we really enjoyed it here.
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  • Day83

    Visiting Otago museum

    January 28 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We extended our stay at the campsite a bit, as they had a very nice cooking area with good WiFi.
    It was finally time to get some fun books (instead of travel guides) onto our ereader. Thanks Christoph, Sanne, Herman & Chantal for the boekenbonnen! Yeay, we can read books now. 🙂

    The Otago museum was pretty cool. It was free and had lots of things from Maori culture and South Island's history to a big collection of stuffed animals and information on New Zealand's extinct and surviving animals. But eventually our parking time ran out and our energy as well.

    We drove further to a cheap campsite at Sinclair Wetlands. It was in the middle of nature and there were only four spots, each with great grass and a picnic table. So that was really perfect. We went for a walk in the wetlands, had a pasta dinner and enjoyed the evening with once in a while an airplane from Dunedin airport crossing over us.
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  • Day156

    Dunedin / Otago Peninsula

    January 19 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Dunedin liegt ca. 100km südlich von Oamaru Und liegt ebenfalls an der Ostküste. Wir verbrachten dort zwei Nächte auf der Halbinsel Otago.
    Als wir in Dunedin ankamen, besichtigen wir das Städtchen, dies hat ausser eine Kathedrale und dem Bahnhofsgebäude nicht viel zu bieten. So fuhren wir bereits am Nachmittag weiter auf die Otago Peninsula, wo wir unseren Camping hatten. Wir genossen einen ruhigen Abend.
    Am nächsten Tag erkundeten wir die Halbinsel. An den wunderschönen Stränden konnten wir Seelöwen und Robben beobachten. Leider hatten wir weniger Glück beim spotten von Pinguinen und Albatrossen (einzige Festlandkolonie der Welt). Trotzdem ist es eine sehr schöne Insel die zum Verweilen einlädt.
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  • Day23

    Royal Albatross Centre

    January 4, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Great to see the Albatross. 43 nests at the centre with parents sitting on the eggs currently. Windy enough to see some albatross in flight.

    Tour around lookout with Armstrong disappearing gun.

    Drove north to Oamaru to meet up with Ali and Jill. Stop off at the Moaraki Boulders.
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  • Day81

    Following Suzanne's advice

    January 26 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We have had some very cool but very long days. So we really needed some rest. Also, we were running behind in picture backups, our devices batteries were almost empty and we still hadn't figured out what to do on Fiji or afterwards. On the way to the campsite we visited Port Chalmers which offered a nice view over the Otago peninsula and harbour. There was a campsite nearby in Dunedin where lots of reviews commented on the free unlimited quick WiFi. So the decision was made - we spend our day here. Dunedin also provided the facilities to help Machiel to a less tired spork. He went for Dutch Orange.

    The campsite turned out to have quick WiFi indeed, so that was great. We store all our pictures on Google Drive, and at this point we were running some weeks behind, which isn't a safe feeling. The campsite wasn't bad either for the rest, just incredibly cramped.
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  • Day12

    21-12 Waikouati

    December 21, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Niet mijn dag vandaag. Lekker rustig weg, maar die bellbirds begonnen vanochtend wel een beetje op mijn zenuwen te werken. Kwam ik bij de boot, was er wél een wildlife tour, had ik in principe om 10.15 al naar de overkant gekunt. Vervolgens "beetje" steil klimmen, maar de tweede helft is langs een spoorlijn. Zie foto 4. Hahaha😥. En tussendoor over een snelweg. Hahaha? Camping in Karitane is er niet, had ik al een beetje op gerekend, maar dan sta ik tenminste aan zee. Zie foto 5. Hahaha☹️. Uit sjagrijn ga ik naar de taverne voor een pubmeal waar ik vervolgens een uur op moet wachten. Hahaha. Paar Kiwi's doen hun best om er nog wat van te maken. Lukt niet. Nou ja, het is droog, knetterkoud, dus ik zal lekker slapen. Maar nee, ik vond het geen leuke dag.Read more

  • Day8

    17-12 Middlemarch

    December 17, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Zo, dat waren andere 60 km dan die van gisteren! Nu vooral beetje naar beneden met wind achter. Het wegdek was ook gemiddeld lekkerder. Blij dat ik de rail trail deze kant uit fiets. De leegte is indrukwekkend en sjees ik lekker door, maar het begin vond ik mooier, en toen moest ik klimmen. Ze hebben hier zelfs hun eigen wolk! De Taieri Pet. Is er nu niet, levert mega rukwinden op zei het infobord. Daar heb ik er 1 van gehad. Oeps.
    De dag (nou ja nacht) begon trouwens goed met een possum. Die had ik alleen nog maar plat op de weg gezien. Wat een lawaai!
    Bij aankomst in Middlemarch lijkt het alsof ik pas vrijdag met de trein kan. Dat zeg ik in de pub, volgens haar kan het wel, vanuit Pukerangi. Pfjoeh, klopt! Het schijnt morgen vanaf 15.00 te gaan storthozen, zorgen dat ik dan al op het station ben. Het was ook al twee dagen mooi.
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  • Day199

    Dunedin & Otago Halbinsel

    March 17 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Glücklicherweise wurde das Wetter wieder besser und wir konnten an diesem Tag wieder die Sonne sehen. Als erstes fuhren wir auf den „Signal Hill“ mit Blick über Dunedin. Dort machten wir uns dann auch unser Frühstück. Danach ging es dann weiter an die Spitze der vorgelagerten Halbinsel „Otago Peninsula“ zum „Royal Albatros Centre“. Dort tranken wir erstmal einen Kaffee und dann machten wir eine geführte Tour, um die Albatrosse zu sehen. Unser Tourguide, ein Neuseeländer chinesischen Ursprungs, war wirklich super nett und hat eine tolle Tour gemacht. Auf der Tour sahen wir zuerst die Küken der Albatrosse. Neben den Küken, die auf ihre Eltern warten, gab es ein Küken mit Elternteil und später haben wir dann glücklicherweise auch mehrere Vögel fliegen sehen. Diese Vögel können eine Spannweite von ca. 3m erreichen und sind damit sehr beeindruckend.
    Danach fuhren wir nochmals zurück in die Stadt und zum Einkaufen. Und die Regale mit Nudeln, Toast, Reis und Desinfektionsmittel waren leer, aber erstaunlicherweise nicht das Toilettenpapier. Am Abend fuhren wir dann noch ein Stück weiter Richtung Süden. Zuerst ging es zum „Cathedral Beach“ mit einem natürlichen Steinbogen und dann zum Campingplatz ein bisschen weiter am Strand entlang. Jedoch war der von uns ausgesuchte Campingplatz leider voll und daher mussten wir nochmals zurück nach Dunedin auf den „Gratis Camping-Parkplatz“ fahren. So liegen wir nochmals durch die Stadt und sahen auch noch einige grün gekleidete Menschen, da „St. Patricks Day“ war...
    Uns ist aufgefallen, dass die Neuseeländer nie „you‘re welcome“ als „gern geschehen“ nach Danke verwenden, sondern lieber „no worries“ oder „no problem“. Auch lustig ist, dass sie als Verabschiedung gerne „Cheers“ verwenden...
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  • Day13

    Dunedìn et Péninsule d'Otago

    January 18 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Dunedín est bâtie au coeur des collines, petites maisons colorées comme noyées dans la végétation. Au centre-ville, on se croirait en Ecosse, murs de briques rouges, églises gothiques, étudiants qui sifflent bruyamment des bières sur les terrasses le vendredi soir. Non loin, la Péninsule d'Otago, presqu'île de loisirs et de vacances, avec son milion et demi de mouettes, ses pinguins, et ses plages sauvages où on peut tomber sans prévenir, nez à museau avec un lion de mer!Read more

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