Dunedin and Oamaru

Trip Start Nov 16, 2005
Trip End Apr 11, 2006

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Thursday, February 9, 2006

Wed 8th Feb..... from Owaka to Oamaru via Yellow-eyed penguins!

We left Denise and went along the rugged coast of the Catlins - there are many interesting areas along this coastline eg Surat Bay, Nugget Point and Cathedral Caves where you can see sea lions, dolphins and penguins.

Dunedin is the old Gaelic name for Edinburgh - the highlights of this city are the railway station with its stained glass and ornate architecture; the Otago Museum and the Hocken Library - there are lots of examples and references to Maori culture and history. If you have a chocolate craving you can visit Cadbury World - just like in Bourneville! We did not stay too long here but there were a couple of things we would have like to do - a harbour cruise - visit the albatross colony on the Otago Peninsula go for a ride on the Taieri Gorge train - the track runs for 77 km over viaducts spanning ravines and through mountain tunnels into the high country - these areas are inaccessible by road so it would have been a worthwhile trip.

We then went to Oamaru where we saw the Moeraki Boulders - they are on the beach and are huge round stones and are partially submerged in the sand - a very unusual sight.

Our bed for the night was in Olive Grove Lodge - a totally organic place - really nice place to stay and we found a restaurant called Fleurs where we had an evening dinner. It was OK but not what it was cracked up to be - quite pretentious and their reputation had gone to their head - the potatoes were raw and when we complained they were grudgingly replaced - not a memorable place.

On the whole, so far, we have been very lucky with the weather. We were told that if it is fine on the east coast it is wet on the west coast - luckily we followed the weather and it proved right.
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