Leaving the campsite in Oamaru this morning, we passed a cafe that sells penguin burgers…

First stop, not far down the road is the Moeraki Boulders. 

Not being funny, but these things are Stonehenge freaky. These rocks look nothing like any other rock in the vicinity! 

Shortly after that was Shag Point.

There were no shags. 

But there were seals. We watched as a seal climbed up the rocks to get to his sunbathing spot.

We put on our charity-tunes and set off to Dunedin.

Going old school with our cassettes! 

Arrived in Dunedin as the clouds crept over and started to rain.

Didn’t stop the little v-formation on planes flying around for apparently no reason!
First impression of Dunedin, reminds me of Bristol. Art on the buildings and a good vibe.

Our hostel, the Geeky Gecko, has Alien in the reception.

We’re in a mixed dorm room, which I have never done on my own. 
Our first quest was to find ice cream, I’ve been in New Zealand a week now and been told the ice cream is great and not tried it!

We were then very good and walked to South Dunedin, in the rain, to Pak N Save (the Makro of New Zealand) to buy veg for a soup…

…we may have fallen by the wayside slightly…



Tramping is what the Kiwis call hiking. We couldn’t have picked a better day, the rain was slashing down, the wind was whipping up. It was awesome! 

We pretty much got soaked through and head back to camp for lunch, a hot shower and me making Laura watch Twin Town. 
After disturbing Laura with some Welsh culture we went to play in the steampunk playground next door to our campsite.

All this playing made us thirsty so we head to Scott’s Brewery, indulged in a pint of ‘Vienna’. Went down rather nicely.

We met up with two people off couch surfing, one was a resident in the north island and invited us to stay with here when we head up there. Bonus!

Back in camp I put together ‘campsite fajitas’. A budget twist on my favorite! 

The blue penguins were due to make an appearance at the end of the harbor near where we are staying.

Can’t see much in the pic, but they were there, waddling and jumping up the rocks to make their way to their burrows for the night. We were watching them and Laura heard a snort behind us, there was a seal laying on the jetty right behind us! 


From Twizel we are heading to Oamaru, home of penguins and Steampunk.
On our drive there we stopped to see some Maori cave drawings.

The rocks were more interesting than the drawings, plus they’ve removed the ‘best’ ones to put in a museum!
Onward to Oamaru as the rain set in, we found a charity shop, where our original intention was to buy some tapes, yes, tapes of music. The radio in the car is very intermittent and Laura and I enjoy a sing song. We got a bit carried away and ended up buying loads! It was so cheap though! We could have packed out our car from this charity shop!
We didn’t come all this way just for a bargain, there’s steampunk sights to be seen!

And yellow eyed penguins to find.

We found a teeny tiny caterpillar, seals, cormorants and two yellow eyed penguins.

We got to our tent just before the rain started!