Dunedin and/und Otago Penisular/Halbinsel

Trip Start Nov 29, 2005
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Trip End Sep 08, 2006


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Thursday, August 17, 2006

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16ter bis 18ter August - Dunedin und Otago Halbinsel

Von Queenstown gingen wir nun an die Ost Kueste nach Dunedin. Dies ist die zweit groesste Insel der Suedkueste schoene Studentenstadt mit einer schoenen Umgebung und einer wunderschoenen Halbinsel.

Unsere Herberge war frueher ein Spital und der Fernsehraum war das Leichenhaus und einer der Raeume war ein Operationssaal. Ziemlich komisch aber Ok. Wir beschlossen uns am naechsten Tag Fahrraeder auszuleihen und eine Tour auf die Halbinsel zu machen. Das kam uns so viel billiger. Wir wurden von unserem Freund Olliver begleitet und hatten eine super Zeit.

Am naechsten Morgen gings also los und wir radelten entlang des Hafens auf die Halbinsel. Von der Stadt bis zur Spitze der Halbinsel waren es 28 Km und wir schafften es ohne groessere Vorkommnisse. Die Halbinsel war wunderschoen und wir kamen an traumhaften Straenden und Buchten vorbei. An der Spitze hatten wir dann unser Essen. Auf dem Weg zurueck jetzt zwar schon etwas muede aber noch voller Tatendrang ueberredete ich Martha und Oliver den Weg durch die Heugeln zu nehmen. Laut Einheimischen waren es nur 3 kleine Anstiege und danach ginge es 15 km bergab bis in die Stadt.

Ergebnis: vertraue niemals Neuseelaendern!!! Die Strasse windete sich scheinbar endlos empor und wir hatten die Schnauze ziemlich schell voll. Zudem war ich in Marthas Augen fuer Alles verantwortlich und ich erntete toedliche Blicke! Als dann schliesslich ein Bauer mit seinem PickUp Truck vorbei kam hielt ich ihn an und tatsaechlich nahm er uns samt Fahrrad mit! Auf dem Weg runter, tatsaechlich nur bergab konnten wir uns dann entspannen und die Aussicht geniessen.

Der Trip hat Alles in Allem trotzdem viel Spass gemacht.

16th to 18th August - Dunedin and Otago Peninsular

Left Queenstown and headed over to the East Coast to Dunedin, a nice town famous for Cadburys chocolate factory (to Cadbury lovers, they have far more flavours over here e.g Lemon Cheesecake!), being a Scottish town and The Otago Peninsular, which we planned to see.

We checked into our hostel which was really lovely but also a little bit weird as it was a former hospital and the TV room was once the morgue - nice! Had a walk around the town before meeting our friend Oliver to plan our Otago trip. We decided to get there on bikes, a great idea if you have done the Tour de France! We hired the bikes and went to see the Worlds Steepest Street, no we did not cycle up it but just viewed it from down the road. That night, for the first time in hostels we experienced some serious snoring from our room mate, a bit frustrating but also really funny.

The next day we met Oliver and started out cycle to the Otago Peninsular. The journey there was really something special as we cycled along the coast on a lovely sunny day with the sea and the mountains all next to us. We saw lots of birds also, one called a Shag bird (I know bad name) which was drying its wings after a mornings fishing. We also lots of sheep and Oliver and Daniel managed to scare a couple away. After about a 28km journey we made it to the heads and stopped for a well deserved break and lunch whilst just taking in the views.

On the return journey we decided to go and see Lanarch Castle, a popular sight on the Peninsular and some 8km uphill all the way, great if your in a car not so good on a bike. To be fair on us we were told it was 3 small hills and then we were there but this was obviously not true as more an more hills appeared after each corner we turned. Needless to say I was getting a bit annoyed and felt absolutely exhausted, I was more then ready to turn around and go downhill back to where we started but then thanks to someone or something a truck came driving by, Daniel put his arm out, we threw us and the bikes on the back and off we went. It was great fun and I was so relieved as there was still another 4 km of hills to go. As you can imagine the journey down was great, no need to peddle just put your feet out and enjoy the view. Despite the aching legs the next day I can honestly say it was one of the best days I have had on our travels and just great fun.
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