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2017 New Zealand Trip - Part 7

Dunedin, Larnach Castle, Otago Peninsula and Moeraki Boulders

When we arrived in Dunedin, it was dull and overcast. It stayed like that every day, which was a pity as the views would have been great.

We were staying at Larnach Castle on the Otago Peninsular, the only castle in New Zealand.

We had driven 280 km (174 miles) in 3.5 hours, one of our shorter journeys.

On the first evening, we dined in the Castle's Dining room, the last of the photos above. There were 10 of us having a special, and delightful, 3 course meal and sharing experiences.

The next morning, we visited the Albatross Reserve on Otago Penninsular , we saw 3 on their nests but it was early in their breeding season so the pairs were only just starting to arrive. We were hoping to see them in flight but we didn't, although a couple, whom we had dined with the previous evening, did see some flying in, later in the day. We did see some other seabirds with their chicks. (Spot the seabird sunbathing)!

We drove down into Dunedin City centre, via the coastal road past many scenic bays (had the weather been better). When we arrived in the centre, all the shops had closed early, as it was Sunday.

We visited Dunedin Train Station, said to be the most photographed train station in the world, and you can see why from the photos below:

Dunedin Railways run several daily scenic journeys, but as we had seen so much scenery, we decided not to take one.

We left a cloudy Dunedin the next morning. As we headed east and cleared the valley, the sun came out.

We stopped at the Moeraki Boulders.

I took the opportunity to take my sandals off and have a paddle, camera in hand. We spent a couple of hours here, well worth a visit. There were dozens of people looking and climbing on the boulders, I think I managed not to get them in my photos.

We left there and set off to our next overnight stop, Lake Tekapo. (see the next instalment), for some superb views.

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