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Portobello

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  • Day10

    19-12 Portobello

    December 19, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Het miezert nog een beetje als ik de stad in ga, maar het wordt al snel droog. "Het best bewaarde geheim van Nieuw Zeeland" (Dunedin volgens een dame) vind ik een beetje tegen vallen, maar misschien waren mijn verwachtingen weer te hoog gespannen. Ik breng ook wat tijd door in de winkel van Torpedo7, ivm mijn lekkende tent. Uiteindelijk zegt MSR dat het op internet staat dat hun tenten daar lekken, dus ik moet meer Seam seal. Pas later bedenk ik de dat dat van de gekke is, maar laat maar. Gelukkig blijft het nog droog (geheel tegen de voorspelling in) dus mijn nieuwe laag seam seal is nu aan het drogen.
    De weg over de Peninsula was redelijk druk, al was er vaak een fietsstrook. Toch niet helemaal tof, en zó mooi vind ik het nu ook weer niet (sorry Edo). Morgen naar de albatrossen en dan doe ik de hoge weg, misschien is dat mooier. Ik kan met de boot over naar Port Chalmers, dus dat doe ik de dag daarna.
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  • Day11

    20-12 Portobello: albatrossen

    December 20, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Koud vannacht, heerlijk in mijn blauwe zak. Wakker, regen, nog een beetje slapen dan. Ik word wakker van de herrie, wat een aso's. Half 9, geweest☺. Zolang heb ik sinds ik weg ben niet geslapen volgens mij. Tent lijkt droog te zijn van binnen, maar het heeft niet echt gestort.
    Ik doe zoveel kleren in de was dat ik mijn fietsbroek al aan moet en 's middags op weg ga met mijn regenjas voor de warmte, want o wonder: het is gewoon droog (maar mijn was nog niet).
    Ik klim naar het kasteel, doe de tuin en suis weer naar beneden (moet je toch af en toe nog wat klimmen, raar is dat). Ik had bedacht 12 easy kilometers naar het albatros centrum, maar helaas dacht de wind daar anders over. Wel erg gaaf om gedaan te hebben. 17.00 blijkt inderdaad een prima tijdstip. Ik doe de tour, ook leuk, wel veel geld, maar voor een goed doel.
    Ik eet daar ook maar meteen. Was wel snel weer thuis, met wind achter.
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  • Day107

    21-12 Chouffe

    December 21, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Ik heb Chouffe weg gegeven. Hij en Joep zijn zo'n goede match, beter dan hij en ik. Bitter zoet. Ik weet dat het goed is, ik heb het zelf verzonnen. En toch een beetje pijn.
    Als er mensen katten uit logeren willen sturen vanaf eind april ....... Ik zal het luik dicht doen 😉.
    Ik denk alleen dat ik van de zomer weer wil fietsen al is het lastig om zo ver vooruit te kijken.Read more

  • Day141

    Dunedin - Oamaru

    August 21, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    We found some cheap tickets for the Cadbury tour so thought that it would be rude not to go! The price to pay for them being so cheap is that we had to be there at 8:50am so it was a very early start.

    I knew this tour would be good when no sooner had it started we were given a little bag with some free chocolate! Our tour guide started by talking about the main chocolate bars that this particular factory makes and considering the chocolate addict that I am, I hadn't heard of hardly any of them! This is because the majority of what they make here doesn't even leave New Zealand. Their speciality are Jaffas which are a firm Kiwi favourite and apparently inspired by our Jaffa cakes. They don't look anything like a Jaffa cake though as they are round chocolate balls covered in a red candy, orange flavoured coating. They also specialise in marshmallow bars which include the 'Perky Nana' a banana marshmallow covered in chocolate, the 'Pinky' a strawberry marshmallow covered in caramel and chocolate and then the 'Chocolate Fish' which is a fish shaped marshmallow covered in chocolate. These Kiwis sure like their marshmallow. By the end of the tour we had a selection of these chocolates to try and if I'm honest marshmallow is completed overrated. If I have a chocolate bar and the majority of it is fluffy marshmallow I feel a bit cheated! Think I'll stick to the hard stuff.

    Our first stop was the sensory station. After a quick explanation of how Cadburys make their chocolate we were handed a small plastic cup and were let loose on the liquid chocolate train! It was only around 9:30am and we hadn't long had breakfast but that didn't stop us. You could choose from melted white, milk and dark chocolate and then choose some toppings to put on the top. We both went for half white and half milk chocolate with a sprinkling of pretzels! Whilst we were tucking into the chocolatey goodness a lady showed us how they tempered the chocolate to give it its shine. Our guide then took us to see the special machines (sugar pans) that coat the Jaffas and gave us a little packet to take home! This is where we also learnt that we missed the famous Cadbury Jaffa Race which is where 25,000 Jaffas are numbered and rolled down the steepest street in Dunedin (and the world). The owners of the first five Jaffas to reach the bottom win a prize.

    On the way into the factory we passed a giant purple silo which was our next and final stop. Here we got to see a ridiculously large 28 meter high chocolate fountain which, if nothing else was pretty cool to watch.

    After the tour we were still feeling very disappointed that we missed the Jaffa Race, so we decided to drive to Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world to check it out. Well all I can really say is, it's a bloomin steep street that we felt obliged to walk up. At the very least I thought it may help burn off the significant amount of chocolate I had already eaten that morning. On the way up we could see the remnants of the many Jaffas that hadn't made it to the bottom of the hill. As we had been given a packet of Jaffas we thought that it would be rude not to roll one down the hill (only one mind as it is chocolate after all and we don't want to waste them). We watched it bounce down the hill, rebound off the curb and then land in someone's garden. We took that as our cue to walk back down the ridiculously steep hill and head back to the van.

    Turns out that you can achieve a lot in a day if you get up really early so as it still wasn't even midday and the sun was shining we headed over to the Otago Peninsula for a scenic drive along Portobello Road. It was a gorgeous drive. At the end we stopped for some lunch before heading back to Dunedin via Allan's Beach to see if we could spot some seals. On our short stroll along the beach we passed two seals sunbathing on the sand. They weren't bothered by us at all and were happily napping in the sun. They were pretty cute and it was cool to see them so close.

    Now on our Cadbury tour, the guide mentioned that the All Blacks were playing Australia on Saturday in Dunedin so after hours of pondering we decided to head to the ticket office to see if we could get tickets. It does involve keeping the van for an extra night and tickets are nearly $100 each but when else are we going to get to see the All Blacks play in New Zealand! We will just have to do a lot of Woofing (volunteering in exchange for accommodation and meals) when we get to Australia. The joy on Simons face when he came running back from the ticket office with two tickets was a picture!

    We then made our way to Oamaru which is around an hour north of Dunedin so that we could have a full day of exploring the next day.
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  • Day57

    otago peninsula

    December 24, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Nebst dem ganze Wiehnachtszüg simmer mal no d'Albatross am Taiaroa Head uf te Otago Halbinsle go aluege. Mir sind det mitem Boot ufs Meer gfahre und hend die riesige Seevögel im Wasser hockend und im Fluug gseh.😍 Nebetbii hets au na gaanz viel Seehünd mit Junge gha 😍

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    Between doing all the christmas stuff we went to see the local Albatrosses at Taiaroa Head (Otago Peninsula). It's hard to show you how big these seabirds are - but they're reeally biig 😅 as well we saw lots of seals with their fluffy little pups 😍Read more

  • Day7

    Otago Peninsula

    May 3, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    After lunch I jumped in the car (after I found a parking fine) and drove back out to the Peninsula. I drove around the bottom this time, winding roads right on the edge. I ended up right up the end where the Albatross and Penguin tours happen. There's quite a flash info centre there. On the way back I crossed over the hills again to walk along Smaill Beach. There was 1 surfer there trying the big breakers.Read more

  • Day105

    19-12 Speciaal voor Karin

    December 19, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    In Wanaka niet gezien trouwens.

  • Day77

    Portobello,Otago Halbinsel, bei Dunedin

    March 18, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Neues Quartier in Portobello auf der Otago - Halbinsel.
    Die Gegend ist sehr hügelig, viele Buchten und man glaubt es kaum, Seehunde, Pinguine und als Highlight Albatrosse. Hier gibt es die "königlichen" Royal Albatrosse, Spannweite bis zu 3m.Morgen machen wir auf Empfehlung der Vermieterin eine Bootsfahrt zu den Nistplätzen. Da die Vögel 80% ihres Lebens auf See verbringen muss man sich freuen wenn welche da sind. Dieses Jahr hat die Kolonie 26 Jungtiere die vor ca. 2 Wochen geschlüpft sind.
    Hoffentlich kann man nah genug ran.
    Heute Nachmittag waren wir im Besucherzentrum.
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  • Day127

    Tag 127: Otago Peninsula

    June 8, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Auf der Halbinsel vor Dunedin kann man die vielfältige Tierwelt, die spektakuläre wilde Landschaft, die einsamen Wanderwege, Strände sowie die interessanten historischen Stätten erkunden. Wir haben uns für die Wanderung zu der Sandfly Bay entschieden, die uns durch eine idyllische Sanddünen-Landschaft an das tosenden Meer führte. Die Sandfly Bay scheint wohl auch die Chill-Out Area für Seelöwen-Kolonien zu sein. 😂 Als kleine Zugabe des Tages, lernten wir noch wie man einen Reifen wechselt... #reifenpanne#70$#waskostetdiewelt 😅Read more

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