Park Regis Dunedin
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- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Drycleaning onsite
- Wireless internet connection in room (surcharge)
- Non-smoking rooms
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We moved off on Friday morning taking the inland route from Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs. Driving through the mountains in the sunshine was very pleasant and we stopped for coffee at Mount Lyford Lodge. Around every corner is another great view, although driving on the wiggly roads does take much longer than you anticipate!
Hanmer Springs is a very pleasant town with good shops and eateries. On Lynne and John's advice we stopped at the far end of town and did a strenuous walk up Conical Hill for the fabulous views from the lookout. After lunch we went to check out the thermal spa and spent a very pleasant afternoon sitting in a variety of thermal pools of varying temperatures in the sunshine.
Amazingly, some friends who have taken a four month sabbatical from work were in the area so we met up with them for supper at The Saint.
We drove back to Christchurch Airport in the evening to collect Charlie and Sue from their flight from Adelaide and set off down to Ashburton for the night. We stayed in the Commodore Motor Lodge which had everything we needed for a rest before starting our journey south.
On a bright Saturday morning we left Ashburton, driving across the Canterbury Plains to Timaru for an excellent coffee. Timaru is very much like Torquay but is also a busy cargo port. Another short stop in Oamaru we pushed onto Moeraki. We were recommended a restaurant in Moeraki by our host in Ashburton so set out to find it. Eventually we stopped at the very end of the peninsular and I went to ask in what looked like an old fishing hut - imagine my surprise when I discovered this was Fleurs Place and it was absolutely packed with people! We had the most amazing fish lunch - flounder and brill - and an excellent bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (Charlie was the hero and elected to drive - his turn as Sue and I had already done ours on the straight roads!) It turns out that Rick Stein has already visited and I bet he was very jealous of Fleur when he did.
We arrived in Dunedin around 6pm and stayed in the Mercure Hotel very close to the city centre. Dunedin is a large city with around 120,000 people and very like Edinburgh. In fact Dunedin means Edinburgh in Gallic! On Sunday we did the Speight's Brewery tour in the morning then after lunch went onto the Otago Penninsular to see the wildlife. By this time it was raining hard so there was really no-one around. We went first to the Northern Royal Albatross centre - the chicks were getting bigger and we were lucky to see an young adult coming in. This is the only place in the world where you can see this huge seabird on the mainland and it was a privilege to be there. The Northern Royal Albatross only nests here in southern NZ and is out to sea travelling the circumference of the world above Antarctica.
We then moved onto the Penguin centre to view the rare Yellow Eyed penguins. The weather had cleared a little and we saw some coming in onto the beach. These are solitary birds and don't crowd around unlike other penguins in the world - indeed we were told that they don't like each other much and can squabble! The chicks are moulting at the moment so we saw some chicks in the colony. The Penguin centre was quite a place as they had made covered trenches within the colony so visitors can travel some distances to view the penguins and get up close without disturbing the birds.
After this exciting day we wound our way back to Dunedin to find The Black Dog for an excellent fish supper.
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... br> The city was founded in 1848 by Scottish Presbyterian immigrants and the name means Edinburgh in Gaelic. The majority of the street names are Scottish. The main shopping street is Princes Street.
We visited the ornate railway station before going to Speight's Brewery pub for supper. We had blue cod fish n chips which had been another food on our "try" list. It was a good meal but we don't feel you can beat ...
... beings, all made from industrial bits and pieces. A version of upcycling I guess. You could spend a week here and still probabIy discover new things. It's haphazard and bits are everywhere. Even when outside you look up and there is a man fishing off the top of the building, giant flies on the walls and a zeplin about to crash into the building! It also has an infinity room. A mirrored room you walk into, shut the door behind you and you are ...
Dunedin is an surprisingly big City for the the southern Island which I did not remembered as such , but then maybe I was only the Airport 40 years ago and this 20 km to the south Dunedin's Population of approx 130000 has seen an significant increase after the 2011 Earthquake which destroyed large portions of Christchurch 366 kilometer to the ...
... meal was a huge grin on my face - the fish was so fresh and cooked to perfection. The steamed veg that went with it was perfectly cooked...fabulous. We even have a photo of us with Fleur, Andrea bought her cook book which she signed for good measure. Dunedin is a strange old place, very modern in some aspects and very traditional in others. When we got to the campsite we were in for a shock as they were expecting us in January!!! Not quite sure how that happened but thanks ...
... fields, and more landmines. It is a similar coastal feature to the Chasm, with a drop to the rocks and ocean below. We don't know why it was so named, but I am sure you would guess the same reason as us. Rather than face the evil sheep and their poo again, we took an alternate route back to the car park. We didn't have to watch where we stepped, but we had to work much harder, it was uphill most of the way back.
En route to our next stop, we made one side ...