Big Boulders, the Steepest Street and Wandering

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
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Trip End Dec 01, 2011


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Friday, March 25, 2011



We made our way down the East coast towards Dunedin and did a lot of driving again. On the way we stopped to have a look at the Maeorki Boulders, a pretty neat site. They`re boulders that are all pretty much perfectly round just sitting on the beach and apparently nobody knows how they became round or how they got there. A lot of them were cracked open and scattered around in peices; they all made for some pretty awesome pictures.

When we got to Dunedin we first stopped to see Baldwin street, the steepest street in the world. James wanted to drive up it and was a little nervous but I (Jackie) didn`t trust the van we were in (it doesn`t always sound the best) so we tried to capture the steepness in a couple pictures but it didn`t really work so we just turned around to leave. James all of a sudden summoned up the courage and insisted he needed to drive up this crazy street. After some hesitation because I still wasn`t sure we would make it he went for it and we made it with no problem, got some much better pictures from the top and James was pretty proud of himself.

We were thinking about staying the night nearby and doing some wildlife tours around the area the next day but James had gotten an e-mail from a friend saying we could see penguins for free further south and we had read about some places where we could see seals so we decided to skip the high tour prices and would find the wildlife ourselves.

So, trying to keep with our van by the river theme, we found a river on a map by some somewhat nearby towns down the road and we headed out in search of yet another prime peice of land by the water. The road we ended up on was only one way and went all the way pretty much to the coast. We were almost to our random spot on the map but then pulled up to the last section with a sign stating it was a private road and to keep out, crap. Well we took the road back towards the main highway alongside the river still pulling off onto a couple gravel roads to find a spot but had no luck. We finally made our way to a campsite listed in one of our books and stopped for the night.

Not getting there till after 8pm we had a late supper and then went to bed. We did make a decision though that we were going to get up at 5am to drive to a lighthouse about 10km away so we could watch the sunrise the next morning.
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