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Feb 27, 2015 - Allans Beach

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter Dunedin - Otago has to say about Allans Beach: “The peninsula’s coastal and farmland walk-ways offer stunning views and the chance to see wildlife on your own. Pick up a free copy of the detailed Otago Peninsula Tracks from the Dunedin i-SITE. Sea lions are most easily seen on a tour, but are regularly present at Sandfly Bay, Allans and Victory Beaches. They are predominantly bachelor males vacationing from Campbell Island or the Auckland Islands. Give them...

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Feb 27, 2015 - Otago Peninsula

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on Dunedin & Otago has to say about the Otago Peninsula: “Otago Peninsula has the South Island’s most accessible diversity of wildlife. Albatross, penguins, fur seals and sea lions are some of the highlights of the region, as well as rugged countryside, wild walks and beaches, and interesting historical sites. Despite a host of tours exploring the peninsula, the area maintains its quiet rural air. Royal Albatross Centre Taiaroa Head, at the peninsula’s eastern...

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Mar 14, 2013 - The March of the Little Penguins

The Little Penguin is the smallest of the world’s 18 penguin species; just 45 centimetres tall. And weighing between one and two kilograms. The Little Penguin, like most penguins, live in colonies. They gather on the beach at sunrise in groups called rafts. When all the penguins are on the beach, the raft enters the water. They spend the day out at sea, fishing. They return at sunset. Today we went to Pilot Beach on Otago Peninsula to watch them return. We first spotted them when they were about 100 metres offshore. It looked like a swarm...

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Mar 26, 2010 - New Zealand rocks!

After spending a couple of days in Christchurch, we collected our camper van (our home for the next four weeks), aptly named 'heads', which has been a head turner and tourist attraction in it's own right! The scenery in New Zealand is absolutely stunning and driving in this country is a real pleasure. Some of the scenic pictures are from the area where some parts of the Lord of the Rings was filmed, but every area we've traveled of New Zealand is differently stunning in its own right. If you are considering going, we would wholeheartedly...

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Nov 22, 2009 - The Deep South

Hi Greetings from the Deep South (where most little villages don't have internet access !) After my trip to Doubtful Sound, I decided to use my final day in Te Anau to visit Milford Sound one of the other great fjords in the south of NZ. The two hour drive is full of some spectacular scenery, in particular, some of the glaciers at the homer tunnel which breaks through to the fjord. To break the drive, I did a two hour hike up part of the Routeburn track which is one of the NZ Great walks. Again the views were good although in this case they...

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Nov 6, 2009 - otago peninsula

vandaag naar het Otago schiereiland geweest. Eerste stopplaats was het uiteinde van het schiereiland. Daar bevind zich de enige kolonie op het vasteland van de koningsalbatros (vleugelspan van 3,3m)en ook de nestplaats van heel wat andere zeevogels, zoals een 3-tal soorten meeuwen, aalscholvers en nog enkele soorten die er in erg geringe mate voorkomen. Spijtig genoeg is het broedseizoen van de aalscholvers net begonnen en is het hele gebied hermetisch afgesloten. We hebben dan ook geen albatrossen gezien, enkel op video en op foto in het...

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Aug 31, 2007 - The royal albatross viewing... what a big bird

The campsite at Portobello is about 12km from a large royal albatross colony so as it was another glorious day we decided to cycle along the rest of the coast road to the end of the peninsula to see them. It was a fabulous cycle even against the wind ..well until we had to climb up to the cliff top at the end, which was tough! There was a visitors centre at the end and a viewing area to look at the pied shag colony which also nests there and along the cliffs... all the nests are equally spaced out ,just out of pecking reach of the next...

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