Day 16 – Day Trip – Otago Peninsular

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel

Dunedin is a one of the oldest cities in New Zealand.  It has a strong cultural heritage, and this is expressed in much of its architecture. This is one of the buildings of Otago University – one of the leading universities in the country.

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One of the modern buildings on the Otago University campus.

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The railway station in Dunedin.

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The coast view at the Royal Albatross Center on the Otago Peninsular.  We did see an Albatross, but didn’t get the camera focused in time. But there were lots of other birds.

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The ones that really took my interest were the Cormorants.  They came in group, after group, after group – and they were flying very fast … and they came very close too!

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More of the spectacular coastline.

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We then headed to the other side of the peninsular, looking for a beach where we might be able to spot some yellow eyed penguins.

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We found a beach – a very long beach – at the end of Allans Beach Road.  We walked the length of the beach – I am guessing about 2+ kms to find the penguins.  We were aware that the place to definitely see them was Sandfly Bay, but everyone goes there, so we choose to find some without all the tourists!P1040154

Our plan paid off, we were the only ones at the beach, and at the very far end we spotted several yellow eyed penguins.

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After taking several photos, I turned around to head back, only to find that two were trying to sneak past behind me.  In this photo you see these two, and Rebecca sitting in the distance.  She saw them poke their heads up while they were still swimming in the sea. She saw them come onto the beach and then waddle over to where the others were.  This all happened behind my back. When they saw me, they stepped up their pace. It was really cute.

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And then a long walk back.  The weather changed completely during this time, and we wandered if we would get wet.  Fortunately the weather held till we arrived back in Dunedin – though it rained as we were having dinner.

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This is where we parked the bike while we walked on the beach. You can see the moon was just rising.

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The view from one of the hills as we headed home – the Otago Peninsular is very beautiful.

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View of Dunedin as we headed home around sunset.

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We ended up going to an Indian Restaurant for dinner, and were surprised to meet another motor cycling couple whom we had met three times before.  We had a long chat, and arranged to have dinner together in Christchurch on the 13th or 14th of January. They are from northern England, and rented a motorbike.

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