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Mar 7, 2017 - Katiki, New Zealand

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Katiki Campground, South of Oamaru, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He who would travel happily must travel light.” - Antoine de St. Exupery Yeah, we don’t do that so well….LOL. We drag our luggage around but to be fair it’s clothes AND bikes, sooooo light is pretty much out of the question. Still, I think we travel pretty happily, don’t you? Slept pretty well, the campervan mattress is actually one of the more comfortable ones I’ve had. My shoulders got sore in the night from lugging the luggage around...

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Feb 26, 2015 - I ♥ Moeraki Boulders

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on Dunedin & Otago has to say about the Moeraki Boulders: “Further south on SH1, 30km south of Oamaru, stop to check out the Moeraki Boulders (Te Kaihinaki), a collection of large spherical boulders on a stunning stretch of beach, scattered about like a giant kid’s discarded marbles. Try to time your visit for low tide.” KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We didn’t really plan it, to arrive at low tide, but it just worked out that way. What a treat! It was hard to imagine what...

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Feb 26, 2015 - The Scenic Route

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on Dunedin & Otago has to say: “It’s a 114km blast along SH1 from Oamaru to Dunedin, but the narrow, ocean-hugging road travelling south from Oamaru provides a break from the main highway. Take Wharfe St out of town (following the signs for Kakanui) for gorgeous coastal views. Moeraki township is a charming fishing village. It’s a nice 11⁄2-hour walk along the beach between the village and the boulders.” KAPOORS ON THE ROAD One of the joys of renting a car is...

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Jan 28, 2015 - Moeraki Boulders

The road from Dunedin to Christchurch has a lot of interesting things to see, from gorgeous towns with Victorian-era buildings to rocky cliffs providing homes for sea lions, fur seals, and myriads of birds. Our favorite sight turned out to be the Moeraki Boulders, which are essentially huge geodes buried in sandy cliffs and slowly unearthed by erosion. A few have broken open, revealing their colorful insides. We had a nice little lunch overlooking the boulders and then played around in them. Lots of fun photo opps!

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Feb 27, 2012 - Penguins

Just after posting the last blog we had a tip off from a local about a place where we would definitely see penguins – and we did! Two very rare yellow-eyed penguins, one which was moulting was out in the open and totally ignored us. The other, we watched from a hide as it went striding across the beach and hopped over the rocks towards the sea. A couple of photos attached. So that’s penguins crossed off the ‘to do’ list – just salmon/trout left on the list now!

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Mar 3, 2010 - Boulders and Chowder at Moeraki

Ater a night spent in a 'campsite' of sorts (read - the side of the road) close to the penguin sanctury in Oamaru we stopped off for breakfast en route - a complicated logistical affair when there is alot of wind. About mid-way between Oamaru and Dunedin are the Moeraki Boulders. These are 20-30 giant sized spherical boulders strewn along the beautiful Moeraki beach. The day was the first dull one we'd encountered. We walked the Millennium track from the village along the beach - about a 45 min/3.5km walk to the boulders. We just missed a...

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Trip Journal

Susan ar Strae 2009

Dec 10, 2009 - December 10

December 10 We got up to beautiful sunshine and warm temps this morning. We then met Pete at a cafe in downtown Wanaka. We caught up on old times and then he suggested an itinerary and activities for the next few days. Emma joined us for coffee as we got ready for our day. The first was to go up to the Rob Roi Glacier and watch the icebergs break off. However, that plan fell through because the road was washed out from the rain last night. We will try to do it when we come back. We then set out for the east coast. Pete told us to stop in...

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Feb 9, 2009 - East To West Across Central Otago

EAST TO WEST ACROSS CENTRAL OTAGO Our last day in “ Mavis” – and what an interesting and enjoyable week it has been. We left Moeraki at about 9am, initially with fog for what we were about to find would be a very varied day of weather!. As we headed up into the highlands of central Otago, the skies cleared and we drove on through valleys surrounded by hills and mountains and plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the mid 20’s. The road route also follows the Central Otago Rail Trail (see our entry for yesterday) which runs 150km from...

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Jan 25, 2008 - Aramoana, Dunedin and Moeraki South Island 09 and 10 January 2008

Jeff At 6.50am we were awakened to a screaming sound in the van; not the best start to the day. Last night I left the 'inverter' on to recharge our computer, believing it would switch off when the task was completed, safe in the knowledge that the van engine battery could not be fully drained. What a load of rubbish people talk when they are selling you something. Our camp site is a council property on a large grass area by toilets and a children's play area, near the sea end of Otago Harbour; and a long way from a garage. Whilst walking...

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Feb 13, 2007 - Wellington, Capital of New Zealand

We lucked out again with the weather — it was picture perfect! Took a panoramic tour in the morning which included a cable car ride, a visit to the botanical gardens and the summit (Mount Victoria lookout). We went on our own in the afternoon to the New Zealand National Museum and had an al fresco lunch there. Great museum, very well organized, with exhibits from New Zealand geology and history, to Egyptian artifacts, to designer dresses. We then walked a very long way along the waterfront to Parliament Square where we visited a session...

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Apr 11, 2006 - Moeraki Boulders - perfectly round!

A geological phenomenom...giant round stones formed millions of years ago - but no one knows exactly how or why. However they were formed - we had a great time exploring and climbing onto them before the tide came in. It was a close call as you will see by the "one giant leap for mankind..." photo!

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