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Left Dunedin late morning heading for the Pacific Ocean to view the Moeraki Boulders and Fish (freshly caught blue cod) and chips to die for.
Moving onto Oamaru - another coastal resort famous for steampunk art.
We then drove though the Waitaki area (aka McCaw country) onto our destination for the night via lakes and hydro-electric power stations.
Day 79 - Sun. 15th.
Travelled to Moeraki Boulders, named after the round boulders of conglomerate on the beach which fall from the cliffs as they erode. Had delicious blue cod lunch (the place is said to be famous for it's fish & chips).
Through to Oamaru, famous for its limestone warehouse buildings.
Then we passed the Waitaki …
... sheep farmers to honour the dogs that make it possible to graze this harsh terrain.
Having checked into the campsite overlooking the lake, we walked up to the observatory at the top of Mount John, 30 minute walk, 300m ascent through larch trees ... we must be mad ... but had our picnic at the top admiring the view! ...
... riding after so much food!? But we did! For another 10kms. This was fun, as the first part was down a very steep descent! I had put my speedometer and clocked a top speed of 52.3 kph!!!!! It was absolutely exhilarating! This brought us down to Lake H..... Something where we loaded up the bikes and drove into the Tasman Valley and up to the Aoraki Mt. Cook Village where we had lunched under the shadow of the mountains. The ice was fantastic! What a view! ...
... with some protection from the wind. As we reached the dam we were confronted by the climb of a hill about 500 meters, average incline I'd say about 10%. We reached the dam gasping for breath to be met a gaggle of old kiwis average age 70 who wanted to discuss the rugby or anything else they beaten Australia. After we'd had enough abuse we proceeded down the other side, 75 kph top speed. Then another 10 km's of headwind to a picnic lunch ...