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A Sunny Tuesday in Christchurch

This city is the main taking-off point for Antarctic exploration! We spent some time at the Antarctic Center – got a ride on a Haaglund ATV (notice the hat – GO SOX!) and then became acquainted with the world’s smallest penguins, the Blue Penguins – they max out at 1 Kilogram!
It’s early Spring here – the roses aren’t blooming yet, but there is still some magnificent color in the azaleas and other early bloomers.

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Posted by Swenigale 15:55

Wednesday travel to Dunedin

What a windy day! The plains can be very windy and today was exceptionally so! In Oamaru we met a local stonecutter who sculpts the native limestone. The dolphins in the photo will be finding a new home with us in the parsonage.
An evening arrival in Dunedin, a very Scottish city with loads of lovely Victorian buildings, and we will be staying in one of them! It’s a Bed and Breakfast just up the hill from Speights Brewery.

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Posted by Swenigale 15:55

Otago Peninsula

Thursday was a bright, sunny and warm Spring day in Dunedin. The lilacs are getting ready to bloom. We climbed the world’s steepest street (according to “Guinness”) and then drove out on the really windy, very narrow coastal road on the Otago Peninsula. White-knuckle time! Remember, we are driving on the other side of the road!
In Taiaroa Head we climbed aboard a “Natures Wonders” 8-wheeled ATV with 4 other adventurers and our driver/guide. Hang on! Talk about a white-knuckle ride! One of the destinations was a breeding ground of the New Zealand Fur Seal – the pups were sleeping or playing and some of the bulls were returning from the ocean and challenging each other. It’s all in the wild with no human intervention. This is one picture. We have more great seal pictures than you can imagine!

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Posted by Swenigale 16:00

Friday – Southern Coastal Drive

This has been a cold Spring in NZ with very changeable weather. On our drive along the coast the sky frequently darkened and cleared within minutes.
The lighthouse at Nugget Point – now that was an exciting climb! At Invercargill we drove onto the Oreti Beach where Burt Munroe tested his “Indian” motorcycle. Eventually he became “the World’s Fastest Indian” (you have to see the movie of the same name).
In Bluff, this world famous signpost marks the Southern most place in New Zealand.

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Posted by Swenigale 21:35

Te Anu, “the walking capital of the world”

We left our farmstay on Saturday morning. Like the sheep? They are everywhere. We reached Te Anu, the start of the world famous Milford track – snow on the peaks, cherry blossoms by the lake – priceless!
On the Te Anu Glowworm Cave tour we walked above the roaring waters in the limestone caves and then we were ferried in a punt in total quiet and darkness (pictures were not permitted) and saw the glowworms clustered on the cave ceilings and sides. Amazing!

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Posted by Swenigale 16:30

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