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Oamaru, Waitaki District

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  • Day66

    Day 66/72: New Years Day!

    January 1, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Happy New Year!

    Today was our first day of big driving! We had to get from Knobs Flat (near Milford sound) all the way to Oamaru to see the penguins! It was a 7 hour drive that took us, due to the lack of roads on the South Island, in a very round about route along the coast. However, this took us past Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world!

    We had a good drive, setting off relatively early to get away from the vast numbers of insects at Knobs Flat, and listening to great music along the way. We stopped off near Te Anau to get a coffee, and whilst there we saw some Alpacas! Turns out that you can buy food, similar to that of a family farm, to feed the Alpacas so we had a great 20 mins feeding them, and wondering how we could fit one in the van and take it with us for the rest of the trip.

    We decided, grudgingly, that the beanbags weren't safe enough to carry an Alpaca or 5, so we had to leave them behind. We carried on, the roads easy now we were out of the alps and the views were of sheep, cows and rolling hills. Beautiful!

    We came into Dunedin just after lunch, the home of Baldwin Street. Dunedin itself isn't very nice, looks a lot like downtown Leicester to be honest. But it was worth the drive for the street!
    The climb is 350m long, and averages a 1:2.83 gradient. It's really steep. You're walking up in on the balls of your feet, and have to really push to keep going. Imagine if the stairs lacked steps. It was great, and you can't quite get your head around how steep it is! We walked up to the top and watched a cyclist try and fail to get to the top, and then went back down and got on our running kit.

    It's a segment on strava and although it was probably the shortest run both of us have done, it was well worth it! It was so hard to put one foot in front of the other, and the burn was ridiculous. Anyhow, we did it and felt great after, with people watching on in awe and surprise (in our minds anyway) although there was no hope of running down!

    We got to Oamaru later on and had a sort of the van, taking out the major rubbish we wouldn't need for the next week and generally giving it a tidy. We then went to see the penguins!

    The blue penguin is the smallest species of penguin in the world, and are very rare. However, Oamaru is home to one of the largest colonies of them. The Penguins wake up just before sunrise, and travel up to 50km a day! They go in small groups ("rafts") to their chosen area for fishing, and then split up for the day to fish by themselves. They spend all day out in the sea, before heading back just after sunset in their rafts again. It's a long day for them, especially as they're only about a foot tall!

    Anyhow, they came in, about 10-20 at a time in roughly 10 minute intervals! They hopped slowly and warily up the rocks, pausing occasionally to spread the oils around their feathers to re waterproof themselves overnight. They then do a little dash, past a big seal which decided to sleep in front of the holes that they ran through. It was very cute, although Izzi got stressed when some didn't go straight through, or decided to wait behind! It was great to see them, and really interesting to hear about the species, and the ticket contributed to their conservation so all in all a lovely experience!
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  • Day14

    23-12 Oamaru

    December 23, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Alweer een mindful oefendag!
    Ik word wakker zonder zon op de tent. Blijkt, omdat ik toch achter een bergje sta.
    Het is 6 graden, maar wel droog. Toppie.
    Maar ik ben nog niet op weg of de eerste grijze wolken pakken zich samen. "Ja maar het régent niet, en dit wil ook niet zeggen dat het gaat regenen. Geniet nu van nu. Oh ja.
    De boulders zijn prachtig en ik snap er niets van. Er is een lost world trail, maar vooral de borden zijn kwijt. Ik krijg knetter wind tegen, maar met rustig doortrappen kom je er ook. Oamaru is hartstikke mooi, de pinguïns schijnen vanavond over mijn voeten te lopen, de regen blijft uit en het wordt strakblauw. Uit de wind is het zalig. Er is maar 1 dingetje: ik mis jullie.
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  • Day22

    Orokonui Eco sanctuary

    January 3, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Spent the day walking and enjoying the wildlife at Orokonui.
    1 Takahe
    2. Otago Skink
    3. Kaka
    4. NZ Robin
    5. Fantail
    6. NZ Tallest tree

  • Day32

    Spectacular Scenery

    February 12, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    You can't capture fabulous scenery on your camera but I tried anyway...109 pictures later. Aoraki / Mount Cook. New Zealand's tallest mountain at 3724 metres.  Aoraki is the Maori piercer. 

    So we gotta go there...well, not all the way up of course. Over 100 people have perished on the mountain since the first person reached the summit on Christmas day 1894. We did take the 3 hr return walk with a lot of other tourists. Keep left...then you quickly realize how many people drive on the right in this world 😝.

    Long suspension bridges, great fescue plains, glacier-fed streams and lakes. Really good.

    Our great suite is run by a Swiss couple with all the tiddly-ness that suggests... perfectly stacked woodpile, ultra clean, attention to detail. Lake Tekapo is in the dark sky reserve...the milky way and southern cross right there!
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  • Day6

    Travels in the van

    January 25, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Picked up DORIS the van today. Bit like old days driving a carrier just missing twos and blues !!Nathan took about an hour to explain many gadgets....but we ve driven from Christchurch to Oamaru safely .very rural but good straight road all the way. Settled into sight to get organised don't know how. Long were here for.Read more

  • May29


    May 29 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Oamaru turned out to be quiet a nice town. We went to the Oamaru lookout where we had lunch and played our new game bananagrams 🍌
    We also wondered around town and saw some neoclassical buildings, the Victorian Precinct and a pretty cool playground.Read more

  • Day7

    Oamaru on a wet day

    January 26, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Raining all day in Oamaru but out round the town all day.It was once the same size as Los Angeles .Full of massive Victorian buildings which gradually went into decay .An area around the old docks is being revived as an arts area. Lots of galleries and strange things. It's the steampunk centre of NZ!! Off to see Blue little penguins tonight they are rare and apparently come ashore around 8pm so going to do a David Attenburgh
    Has the oldest public gardens in NZ which the camp site backs on to.when I work out I pad I ll upload photos .meanwhile camera will have to do .can recommend Top10 campsite on Chelmer Street.Very clean and quiet, good facilities,free wi fi,
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  • May30

    Steampunk HQ

    May 30 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Oamaru claims to be the steampunk capital of the world. A good way to describe steampunk is that it's a vision of the future, as dreamed up by a person living in the 19th century. We visited the Steampunk HQ which has a collection of artwork and displays in the steampunk style.Read more

  • Day13

    Little Blue Penguins

    January 3 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Before we left Dunedin we spent time with family and then began the drive to Oamaru. On the way, we stopped at Moeraki, known for their boulders. Once we made it to Oamaru, our “house mum, Agra” at “Swaggers Backpackers” got us in her car and gave us a tour of the town. We went to Scott’s Brewery for dinner and made some friends from Dortmund, Germany who were dining at the table next to us. We rushed through our last beer to make it in time to see the Blue Penguins, also called Fairy Penguins, come in from their long day of fishing to their nests. These Blue Penguins are actually blue as their name suggests and are less than 1 foot tall. Its quite remarkable considering they swim up to 50km in a 25 km radius from home to fish every day, leaving at sunrise and returning at sunset. They came in 3 “rafts” and totaled 148 penguins that arrived to the colony. After the show we went exploring the town in search of more penguins. We found a few but I felt like we were disturbing them so we went back to the house.Read more

  • May29

    Yellow-Eyed Penguins

    May 29 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Since travelling through the Catlins we have been looking for penguins. Isi read about a yellow-eyed penguin colony in Oamaru so we decided to try our luck there. Penguins leave their nests at dawn to go fishing and usually return anytime between two hours before sunset and sunset which was supposed to be at 5 pm. We went to the spot Isi read about at 3 pm. When we arrived we spotted a chinese golden pheasant. We ended up waiting for just under 2 hours in the cold and nearly walked off when Jake spoted a penguin in the water. We saw and heard two penguins swimming and waddling on the beach. Yellow-eyed penguins are one of the rarest penguins in the world 🐧Read more

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