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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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2017 New Zealand

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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2017 New Zealand

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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Mar 6, 2017 - Pre-trip Notes from a Southern City

Today it is a typically summery Dunedin day - we've had sun, rain, wind, some more sun, rain and wind and are expecting snow anytime soon (ha ha just joking). I'm procrastinating from writing up a chapter on 'images and texts in children's missionary magazines' for a German edited book. I'm looking out the window wondering what I will see out my window in precisely four weeks time when I'll be ensconced in my little flat and study at Magdalene College, Oxford. Just 19 more sleeps before I wing my way 'north' for April to July at Oxford. At...

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Mar 3, 2017 - Milford Sound, Queenstown unveiled and on to East Coast

We were up early the next morning with some foggy dew to begin our 117 km. drive to Milford Sound. The first 70 km. was through a mix of scrub lands and a major grassy plain. Our elevation change was gradual and we finally came to some twisty sections before the infamous tunnel. This was bored out of very hard rock for 1.2 km. With a 10% decline. One way traffic is controlled by a traffic light system. If I was biking through it would not be a pleasant experience. The road beyond was very good with numerous pull offs for sightseeing. As we...

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Feb 23, 2017 - Dunedin

Our last port in New Zealand! The ship docked in Port Chalmers, which about 10 kilometers outside of Dunedin. We started off our tour with a visit to Speights Brewery. Got a tour then got to sample the produce 𯘎 We also went to the railway station which is quite ornate. There is also a Cadbury factory in Dunedin, but it is closing down and moving to Australia - they are not happy 𯘣 Also went to the Botanic Gardens which were very nice. Then to the Romans Catholic Cathedral. We finished the day of with a great act in the theatre. An...

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Mar 21, 2016 - Dunedin

We had a quick visit to Dunedin which was like Birmingham and Cardiff and it had a Cadbury World. Then we headed to Baldwin St the steepest street in the World. Theo wants to know if Christopher ran up it like he did?! I think he might have gone down it on a skateboard or dustbin. We drove out to the Otago Peninsula and to the Royal Albatross Centre where we went to the museum. Amazingly we then saw lots of NZ fur seals on the beach; a few were sunbathing and lots were playing in the water and occasionally leaping out. We also saw an...

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Our Year Out

Feb 1, 2016 - Dunedin, The Scottish City

We docked in Port Chalmers to a cloudy day with high temps expected to be about 68. We caught the shuttle bus to take us to central Dunedin, about a 20-minute ride from the ship. The crowds were massive and we waited forever it seemed for a bus. But, finally, we reached the Octagon, the central plaza. Dunedin is situated on the Otago Peninsula on the east side of the South Island. The city is defined by it's Scottish history and architecture. It was the desire to escape religious persecution at home that brought about the town when, in...

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Cruisin' Down Under

Jan 3, 2016 - At Sea

We had a busy day on the ship! We had breakfast in the Sapphire Dining Room and then met Pete for lunch at the Windjammer Cafe. In the afternoon the three of us went to the Ice Show, which was stupendous! Several of the skaters in the show had been Olympic competitors and they were really great. The skating rink is smaller than we have seen for other ice shows but the show was still very extensive, featuring lots of jumps, twists, and lifts. The theme of it had something to do with Tarot Cards and the costuming was phenomenal. The Orchestra...

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Jan 2, 2016 - Dunedin, New Zealand

It was very helpful to be with Peter when it came to visiting the ports because he already knew everything about transportation, about what was interesting and available in each town, and how long it took to get back to the ship from town! He asked us what we wanted to do in Dunedin and we said we wanted to do whatever he wanted to do - that we were just happy to be with him. So...he took us to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." We had a fine time and then had lunch at a little outdoor cafe just around the corner. When we returned to the...

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Dec 7, 2015 - "It's raining bird droppings!" ...and other strange happenings

We started our day on a beautiful 32km drive hugging the coast to get to the penguin and albatross viewing area at the end of Otago Peninsula. It was a gorgeous drive - winding curves and sharp cliff drops at times---beautiful sunny morning. When we got to the end - what a surprise to see SO MANY birds. In fact, there were so many wild sea birds flying everywhere that I put my rain jacket on and the hood up -- all you had to do was look at the sidewalk to see your chance of getting droppings on you were pretty high! We walked on a path that...

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