Dunedin and around.
Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
28Trip End Mar 03, 2007
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By the way for all you travellers galavanting around NZ. Make sure you get down to Dunedin. It is often left of most people's itenery. There's city itslef isn't huge and the weather can be damn right filthy at times but its charms lie in the Cafe and Bar scene, The parks and beaches, the surrounding hillside (great for hiking/mountainbiking and awesome views) and especially the Otago Penisula. Make sure you spend a day cruising down the penisula, its full of secluded beaches and bays , a castle, numerous parks and gardens and of course the wildlife at the end. Its stunning!!
TIME TO HIT THE ROAD!!!
I picked up Mark, my mate who was over from Australia and we were off down to pick up Lian and Gareth, who I worked with at Ra Bar and despite having heavy Welsh accents I was now able to decifer what they were jabbering about most of the time.
Both were suffering from decent sized hangovers after being on the turps last night and were infact still in bed, which would set the tone for the rest of their time with me. I had thankfully decided last minute not to get on the juice last night, which is a rare feat in itself.
They also sprung a bit of a surprise on me as well. Lian's brother Kevin was now meant to join us for a few days as well, but there was just no way we were going to fit 5 people plus buggage in my little car. We drove around a few places looking for a car to rent to remedy the situation, but everywhere was shut being a sunday. Eventually Kev decided he would make his own way down to Invercargill, which was a relief as although I felt bad for him, I was also starting to get the hump, as we should have been on the road hours ago and now the fickle Dunedin weather had changed, so it was now cold and wet. After a quick stop to get gas we were soon on our way down the motorway amid the horrid weather that had kicked in just before we set off. Nice start to the trip.
We took the Southern Scenic Route right from Dunedin passing out past Brighton Beach, Tarei Mouth and onto some gravel backroads where I showed off my rally skills and then back onto the Motorway and drove past Milton first and then on past Balclutha untill we were in the heart of the Catlins. The Catlins is a wild and rugged but beautilful stretch of Coastal beaches and native forest.