08.03.2010 - 08.03.2010 20 °C
I woke up at 5am this morning and couldn't get back to sleep so I was very tired all day and it was a big drive to Dunedin.. think it took around 5 hours.. we got there and was immediately impressed with all the buildings, another beautiful city in New Zealand.. Dunedin is actually reall big, I think there is 150,000 people that live there.
We had a quick bite to eat and headed into town to see if we could do the Cadbury chocolate factory tour but it was full so we booked in for 9am tomorrow..
meanwhile we had a quick look around the town and had a look at the steepest street in the world and then decided to drive up and down it! It was certainly an experience... very freaky and cool.
We then drove up the peninsula heading towards a quick look at Lanarch Castle before going to Natures Wonders, we decided to rely on the GPS to get us to the castle, unfortunately it took us up this narrow, scary road where Ian got bogged in the gravel and we ended up at a dead end.. it was a bit scary but sooo funny at the same time, we managed to get back down the road and travelled along the main road until we found the correct way to the castle, only to be told by the chick that we wouldn't have time to look at the castle if we wanted to get to Natures Wonders in time.. bugger really wanted to see the castle!
We drove along the peninsula for another 1/2 hour or so before we reached Natures Wonders, the people there were so wonderful and friendly, we felt like we had known them for years. There was only our group and one other family on the tour and I have to tell you, this was one of the best things I have ever done!
We got on these 4 wheel drive vehicles and go up the rugged roads with spectacular views until we reach a cliff face, we look down and there is a seal colony, we were so close that it took my breath away.. we watched Seals playing, swimming and lolling around.. it was truly awesome,
After we dragged ourselves away from there we went to another part of the reserve where we saw Yellow Eyed Penguins and Blue Penguins.. they were a bit further away as they don't deal with humans very well at all but it was still very cool to see them.
We got back to the home base and met the owner Perry who was a great guy who had just come in from shearing some sheep.. he said the place has been in his family for generations and to stop in at the pub at Portabello as he owned it, which we did and had a very yummy dinner!
Before we left though the kids got to pat a sheep called Rosie, which was a big thrill for them LOL
We got back to our motel absolutely shattered and slept!