Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
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so leaving kyeburn we headed off on the sh85 following the gold trail route to dunedin. apparently the horses were very tired after going over the pass through the mountains pulling so many heavy gold laden wagons and often dropped dead from exhaustion so here at dead horse pinch there are many horses buried..the road was windy and steep and easy to understand how hard it must have been... it was very open barren countryside leading to palmerston and dunedin and seemed to take forever..
we stopped for lunch 25km outside of dunedin at karitane...a really picturesque road leading to an interesting estuary beach with headland joining the pacific ocean..we went on a very interesting walk round the headland apparently sacred to the maori s with information boards telling the legends of this area and how important it is too them.
dunedin is an old scottish city with tarten and other scots related shops around.. the city is on a very steep hill surrounding the river estuary... after walking around the shops we followed the road to the headland away from the city and enjoyed a quiet night in the aramoana car park next to a sheltered sandy estuary bay ...
wednesday 15th feb.
.it rained today but that did not deter us from climbing up the steepest street in the world..yes it is in the guiness book of records and is one thing dunedin is famous for.... we climbed up to the top and saw the postman delivering mail who has a badge ..i deliver to the steepest street in the world..interesting .... after more shopping we parked right next to the pacific coast beach on the otherside of dunedin...for a night listening to the sound of the ocean waves...
we left dunedin via the scenic route to brighton for our lunch stop....much nicer than sussex...a sandy cove where the sea meets the river with loads of rugged rocks and islets which we climbed over in the glorious sunshine, 2 days are never the same here...!!..continuing on the road cruises through the catlins, a panorama of desolate beaches, formidable cliffs and forests with sweepings views into taiero mouth and thendescends down to thge peaceful shores of waihola lake...we would have stopped there over night as it was so beautiful but the road was right next to the camp site...so we just sat for a while enjoying the birds and the sunshine and the tiny lapping waves on the lake shore before driving on to the coastal village of kaka point camp site..