Mt. Cook, Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin
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Hiked around the Mt. Cook area, which was much more picturesque than Tongoriro. There were suspension bridges over frothing rivers, a lake with icebergs in it and mountains views the whole way. Gorgeous!
The rest of the day was really just a lot of driving, with some shopping stops in places like Oamaru.
Began our day at the Moeraki Boulders, which are large rocks set into the beach. Maori legend says they're fossilized sea creatures, and other groups have their own theories. Whatever. They just looked like rocks.
Next, we visited Dunedin, a town famous for its Scottish heritage, with a similar city layout to Edinburgh. The train station was impressive and it was fun to count the redheads, but there wasn’t much else.
In the suburbs of Dunedin, we walked up Baldwin Street, which is called "the steepest street in the world" in the Guinness Book of World Records. At its steepest, the incline is 19”, or 35%.
At night, we camped in the Catlins, a region on the southeast tip of the South Island famous for its unspoiled beauty. Vinny, our driver, knew someone at a local pub called The Point, so we cooked dinner on their back grill, then hung out for awhile. There was natural wooden furniture everywhere - the kind that looks like branches nailed together - and an ocean view across the street.