Dunedin, Worth the 5 Hour Drive?

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

February 12, Entering Dunedin, After our visit in Akaroa we headed for our original destination of Dunedin, the second to last town in the South Island and originally settled by the Scottish. After 5 long house of driving the “bitch in the box”, as we affectionately call our GPS system, got us to our B&B. It is a beautiful mansion from the 1800s with Joslyn our capable hostess and chef. Just staying in this beautiful home makes me think the 8 hours we have driven today was worthwhile.As you can see from the gourmet breakfast she prepares we felt truly spoiled.

February 13, Dunedin, Another tour and both John and I are cringing. We are both tired of being on someone else’s schedule and being  herded into another bus. Luckily for us though this tour was different. Yes, there was the usual city bus that picked us up at our door but when we got on we saw there was only one other couple besides us. So much for saving gas and helping the environment but in this mammoth vehicle we had plenty of room to spread out. This tour took us to the Larnach Castle, built by a 19th century investor  for his first wife. She unfortunately died and his third wife ended up having an affair with his son and Mr. Larnach committed suicide. A very sad tale with ghosts now inhabiting the castle.

Next we visited the Reid family farm, with the owner, Perry Reid, being our guide. He chauffeured  us in an all terrain vehicle, over “ruff” and muddy ground. On his private property he has his own colony of seals, endangered yellow eyed penguins and blue penguins. To say he was very enthusiastic about his “guardianship” is an understatement. He was even awarded a metal by the queen of England for his conservation efforts.   He said that National Geographic had been filming  there for over a year.

February 14, Valentine's Day in Dunedin. John and I checked out the downtown area Visiting the university, Cadberry Chocolate Factory and a local craft fair. Believe it or not,Jean arranged a cooking class with our B&B hostess, Joselyn, to make shortbread cookies. That evening we dinned with Joselyn with "take away" pizza, wine, tiramursu and our homemade cookies. It will be hard to leave this fantastic place. We even get chocolates on our pillow everynight.
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