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An afternoon in Dunedin

sunny 26 °C
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Today was the day of our day trip to Dunedin. We had a very lazy morning and didn't arrive in the city until about 1pm. It was finally sunny again!
Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island, and has a strong Scottish heritage.
We wandered from the car work via some nice churches to see the famous train station.
It is indeed very pretty!
Seeing the word 'Cadbury's' made us crave a bit of chocolate, so we bought some on the way home!

Our next stop was the Otago Settlers museum which has a lot of information about the social history of the area. It was really interesting, and we could definitely have spent more than the 2 hours that we did there. I particularly liked the display about woman's suffrage (again) but it was all very interesting, and great too that it differed from what we had seen at the Te Papa museum in Wellington.

We also went to the Chinese Garden, which again was something very different to all the other places we have been. It is one of only a few such gardens outside of China, and possibly the only one in the southern hemisphere (I don't remember exactly but I feel I read this somewhere).

Posted by pkaplicz 23:09 Archived in New Zealand Tagged city new_zealand dunedin sunshine Comments (0)


sunny 21 °C
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Day 1
We drove to Wanaka today. Our very lovely Airbnb host said that we could check out a bit later as they had no one staying there that evening, so Laura got another lie in.
There wasn't a huge amount to see on the drive, but we did stop in Alexandra to see the Clutha river and had a gorgeous view, plus we pulled over a few times.

We stopped at Puzzling world, as it was very cheap and illusions interest me a lot. It was very interesting, and featured lots of things I have heard about, such as the Ames room. There is also a crooked house which has a 15 degree incline and really messes with your head. I felt rather dizzy after it.
DSC_1235.JPGDSC_1242.JPGlarge_DSC_1247.JPG I felt small for once!

By the time we arrived in Wanaka it was late afternoon. I went down to the centre to post some postcards and get a view of the lake. I really liked the feel of Wanaka, it felt a lot more laid back and quieter than Queenstown. Very excited this evening as I booked my paraglide for tomorrow morning!!

Day 2
Unfortunately I got a message this morning telling me that they had to cancel the paraglide today as the winds were reading far too high. I was quite disappointed although I had known that it was quite possible. That meant that, whilst Laura went off to do her kayak, I had time to do my laundry in the morning, and also to relax a little doing my crosswords. I also managed to get a photo of the morning sun over the mountains, which made them look absolutely stunning!

I decided to treat myself to lunch and went to Big Fig, where you can choose from a range of hot and cold dishes to fill your bowl. It reminded me of Alpha Bar in Oxford and I had forgotten just how much I missed it!

After Laura returned from her kayak we went for a wander around lake Wanaka. We walked all the way to the end, to 'that Wanaka tree', and then walked back through the town centre as I wanted to see if I could buy some souvenirs or gifts, and get myself an ice cream.

Posted by pkaplicz 23:11 Archived in New Zealand Tagged wanaka sunshine that_wanaka_tree Comments (0)


semi-overcast 22 °C
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Day 1
Today was the first day in quite a while that we didn't have to leave by 8:30/9am, so a bit of a chance for a lie in. The sky was a beautiful colour so I took a quick photo.

At 10am we got on our way to Picton, our next two night stop.
We stopped at Pelorous and walked down to the river as well as doing a loop track through the forest. It was a nice easy walk, and yet we didn't see anyone at all!

The journey to Picton is pretty short, so rather than taking the main route via the SH1, we followed online advice I had found on TripAdvisor to go via Queen Charlotte Drive. This is a fairly winding road, which Laura very much enjoyed driving, and we got some beautiful views of the Marlborough Sounds even though it was cloudy!

In the evening we went for a quick walk around before dinner, and got treated to some more lovely views.

Day 2
This was our full day in Picton, and we chose to do a few walks rather than take a boat cruise through the sounds (which also sounded cool but we had to choose). I managed to persuade Laura to go on the long walk in the morning, and so we drove up to the car park of the Snout Track. It's good we did as it was quite a hill to get up, and there was more uphill walking to come. In the end we walked the return walk to the Queen Charlotte Lookout, which is halfway along the track. We chose this as it gave us some great views of the sound along the way and at the end, and it was still over 1.5hrs return with quite an undulating track. We even saw some people running it! It was definitely a good idea to do the walk in the morning as the track got busier later on and much hotter too. The views made me long for a week or 2 in this area, cruising along on a small boat and visiting different bays every couple of days. Maybe next time!

After a bit of a rest we went on a shorter walk in the evening. I was quite hungry so only walked part of the way to Bob's Bay before returning to make our dinner of soup and toast (still about 1 hr return) whereas Laura walked all the way to the beach. The sun came out for us and showed us some lovely views!

Posted by pkaplicz 00:32 Archived in New Zealand Tagged views picton sunshine sounds Comments (0)

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