'Fleur's Chowder and a pocket full of Paua's...'

Trip Start Jul 18, 2010
Trip End Mar 04, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

We departed the campsite after  a really restful night’s sleep, oh yeah, apart from the train that sounded like an aircraft was just about to plough through our campervan, and set off to Moeraki boulders.  Yet another natural beauty courtesy of this amazing island.  We took the beach walk option.  Along the sands there were the most amazing amount of Paua shells, endemic to the South islands.  They have always fascinated me, well, a natural sparkling rainbow, it was bound to
happen! We had to cross a small estuary, about 1.5metres. I jumped it but left one shoe mid-air, which fell into the water and started to go out to sea! Luckily Helen was further down nd managed to grab it. Damn slip-ons.  After 20 minutes of shell collecting we reached the boulders, and man are they boulders.  There’s some geology-explanation that I took a photo of. Something about forming from a particle of rock or a shell… it kind of took the magic out of it.  But they were amazing! Like cracked eggs.  Some were still intact and marble-round sitting in the high-tide, a couple were cracked open to show the lines Calcite mineral in crystal veins.  Like a sea turtle had just hatched.  After walking back through the receding waters, we took Jenny’s advice of stopping at ‘Fleur’s place’ for lunch.  Set in Moeraki harbour, the fairly trendy café/ restaurant has been built to look like a very neat tin shed to fit in with the local fisherman huts.  It’s really sweet and actually works well! Unfortunately it was closed, but a small van was by the side offering ‘snacks’… we figured it was still technically Fleur’s, so we stopped here. Helen had a very sizable ham and cheese wrap and mum and I had mussel and clam chowder, a first for both of us. It was delicious! Served in a funnel shaped-toasted wrap with a slice of fresh lemon. Mum, naturally, took a photo. I think she may be planning a book when she gets home.  We are now on the 4-hour drive to Dunedin.  The scenery
is still pretty spectacular, especially now we’re out of the main farming areas… more hills to add interest. Tonight we're staying at Dunedin holiday park. Rhi's going to come over tonight to see us and then tomorrow give us a ticky tour of Dunedin and the local area.  Hopefully Jenny will join us tomorrow evening too. What a girly holiday this is!
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