SOUTHERN SCENIC ROUTE
Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
73Trip End Oct 14, 2009
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We stopped at a lot of different sites along the way that the area is known for (ie. waterfalls, rocks, cliffs, etc) We took this all across the southern part of the island. It was so beautiful that I've decided it is my favorite area in all of New Zealand so far. The area is called the Catlin's. Along the way we have found the coolest towns. At one point we stopped to see this fossilized forest or petrified wood. It had trees that were 170,000,000 years old (no, I did not add extra zeros). It's mind blowing when you see something like that and just think about how long that has been there. Mike, I still have that big piece of petrified wood you gave me a few years ago and I still don't know what to do with it.
The next day we kept driving on the Southern Scenic Highway towards Dunedin. On the way we stopped at this place called Nugget Point.
While in Dunedin, the weather was insane - it even hailed at one point. Having only our tent, we decided to get a cabin for a couple of nights. We visited the Dunedin University, went to the very historic train station, walked around town a few different times (they have tons of bars and restaurants), visited a couple of churches, went on the Cadbury Chocolate factory tour and visited the steepest street in the world!
The Cadbury tour was so fun. Although we didn't get to swim in chocolate rivers or try crazy new inventions, we had a fun time seeing how it is all made. They did give us lots of candy along the way, but it wasn't there best. They gave us a chocolate covered pink marshmallow fish (what?), a few sad Butterfinger want-a-be's and plenty of banana favored chewy things covered in chocolate. Cadbury, where's the caramel, where's the nuts (although I cant eat those anyway), where's the Cadbury eggs? It is Easter time! I guess we didn't need the chocolate anyway plus we did eat what they gave us. But it was great, It was great. I felt just like Willy Wonka. We had to wear these silly hair nets and Brian even got to wear an extra one that looked like a jock strap on his face to cover his beard. So, we got heaps of chocolate although they didn't give us any Cadbury Eggs - which was hard to believe considering Easter is around the corner.
We also went to the steepest street in the world, Baldwin Street. Really, they even give you a certificate saying you've been there. And it was...really steep. A lot of homes were for sale along Baldwin, we don't know if it's the economy or the street. Most cars can't even make the trip up the street unless you have 4 wheel drive - we left Miles at the bottom.
Dunedin is a beautiful town, but the best part of it is the Otego Peninsula that jets out from the city. I have to say, I think it is my favorite place that we've been to yet. The most beautiful countryside and it had just rained so we saw about 6 different rainbows.