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Jan 22, 2020 - Dunedin

Beaches and City Day 140 This morning is still cloudy but the forecast is for the sun to come out later in the day. We decide to drive to Aromoana which is on the opposite point of Otago Harbour from Taiaroa where we drove yesterday. The journey is just as long but there are no road works to delay us. Boats bob in the water of the harbour and we watch tankers and larger boats make their way out towards the sea. Passing through Port Chalmers we see two massive cruise liners and realise this is the reason for all the train we have seen...

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Jan 21, 2020 - Otago Peninsula

Wildlife Spotting Day 139 Where we are staying looks out over Otago Harbour to the Otago Peninsula where we are going to go today. It is possible to drive one way along the shoreline and the other on the top of the hills which will make for a circular journey. The weather is fine but cloudy and a bit windy so we dress warmly Mark drives into Dunedin and then out again on Portobello Road very (everywhere has a Scottish and more particularly an Edinburgh place name). The road clings closely to the shore line and is much longer than the...

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Feb 7, 2019 - Scottish Dunedin and Quaint Akaroa

Today we arrive in Dunedin, a city of 130,000 and New Zealand’s oldest city. It is a university city which this year will celebrate it’s 150th anniversary. The Maori’s settled here four centuries ago attracted to the lush hills and valleys at the head of a long harbour. They called it Otepoti. IN 1848 Scottish immigrants established a settlement and gave it the Celtic name for Edinburgh: Dunedin. Like much of the South Island, the discovery of gold in 1861, put it on the map. It became the gateway to the gold fields and accounted for it’s...

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Apr 8, 2018 - On the road again

Breakfast at Black and White cafe with a smashed avo bagel and a yummy coffee was a great start before the sad part of our day - saying goodbye to our AVSEC ring ins..... beautiful funny ladies. Hopped in our cars Dunedin bound.... lunch time saw us arrive in Oamaru and on the advice of Mel ( another AVSEC girl) we headed down to the harbour area to the historic precinct. There was brewery where we had lunch... I had homemade tomato soup and a ginger beer made at the brewery. Not too bad a drop. A wander around the streets of this area...

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Feb 5, 2018 - Gale in progress - Tasman Sea and Super Bowl

Our luck with the weather wore out. Woke up to a very windy, rocky ocean today. Looks like we are in the middle of a gale. Its 53 degrees, raining with 44 mph winds from the west, 17 -19 ft waves. This seems to be common in the Tasman sea. Australia and New Zealand tend to get grouped together, but at their closest point it the same as the distance between New York City and San Francisco. We currently are 1,000 miles from Tasmania. In between is the Tasman Sea. Wind and currents coming up from Antarctica mix with the Pacific ocean and...

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Feb 4, 2018 - Dunedin

So we are on our way home. After leaving Slope Point we headed north for Dunedin. We were a bit sceptical as we had not heard great things about the place but as it happens we had a really good time. The AirBnB was great with splendid views - in fact, it was called "Splendid Views". We drove around the Otago Peninsula on Sunday morning and then went for a bit of a train ride in the afternoon. The Taieri Gorge Railway was very good with some great photo opportunities.

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Feb 4, 2018 - Dunedin, New Zealand

History: Dunedin is home to New Zealand”s first university. This lively college town is one of South”s islands cultural capitals, but nature often takes center stage. This unspoiled region with breathtaking vistas is home to seals, penguins and seabirds, including the only mainland colony of albatross in the world. Fun Fun Fun city and very beautiful. We have now finished our stops in New Zealand and are heading to Australia.

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Feb 4, 2018 - Dunedin - Scotland in New Zealand

Dunedin is our southernmost port. High of 65 but sunny skies. Dunedin was settled mostly by the Scots and fellow passengers say it looks very much like Scotland. We even had a bagpiper, pipe a farewell as we sailed away from the pier. The university is a big part of the town. It is one of the oldest in NZ and first in the world to admit women. The town had been very rich during a gold rush but now the main economy is farming, dairy and the university. Our bus driver told us his main occupation was farming, but filled in as a tour bus...

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Sep 27, 2017 - Dunedin

September 27,2017 Cribbage score: Debby 8-Bob 7. Parked for $5 at the RR station which is quite close to town. Had flat whites at Starbucks and then met our walking tour guide, Athol Parks. We were the only two on tour! Dunedin is the 7th largest city in NZ and is immensely proud of its Scottish heritage. In fact Dunedin is derived from the Gaelic name fro Edinburgh. The first permanent European settlers came in 1848. Captain William Cargill was the secular leader and Thomas Burns, nephew of poet Robbie Burns, was the spiritual guide for...

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Sep 26, 2017 - Oamaru to Dunedin

September 26, 2017 Cribbage score 7-7. We did plan part of the rest of our trip having checked on weather in Manapouri. Will stay 2 nights in Dunedin, one in Invercargill and then on to Manapouri. We hoped to do the bus/boat to Doubtful Sound on 9/30. For whatever reason we were both cold last night even though this morning was fairly mild. Simple toast, cereal and coffee breakfast figuring out where to put toaster, coffee pot and water heater . Did it!! Decided to go back into town to visit the shops in the Victorian precinct that weren’t...

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Apr 17, 2017 - April 17, 2017 – Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

April 17, 2017 – Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand Today we had a private tour with Dr. Joanne Harrison. She took us to the Orokonui Ecoscantuary where we saw skinks and takahes. There were lots of other birds which Patsy will tell you about. Note from Patsy: None of the birds in this sanctuary were caged. The most interesting was a Tui (don’t know another name until I find a NZ bird book), Brown creeper, Fernbird, Tom tit, Bell bird and a green finch. At a water hole by the side of the road we saw a Grey-faced heron, Black-backed gull,...

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Mar 30, 2017 - Te Anau to Dunedin

Easy drive through farming county- lots of farmland, sheep, dairy cows, red deer (venison). We are now on the East Coast which is warmer and drier than the West coast. Even tho we are not Harry Potter fans, we are staying at the Hogwartz Hostel! We took a long drive to the end of the Otago Peninsula in the hopes of seeing Blue Penguins but didn't want to pay the entrance fee to the viewing area so just went thru the interpretive centre which was very good.

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