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Christchurch to Oamaru

Steam punk

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We left Christchurch on Monday morning and made our way along the inland scenic route to Oamaru. More beautiful landscapes and warm weather made for a very pleasant drive. We stopped in a town called Geraldine for lunch and shopped at a country store called The Tin Shed which really is an old tin shed. They had a big box of apples there for the customers to feed their alpacas and a donkey. Just outside of Oamaru is Riverstone Castle, an actual castle built by the wife of a local dairy mogul. There is a famous restaurant and a complex of interesting shops on the grounds of the castle. There are also acres of beautiful raised bed gardens which supply produce for the restaurant. Oamaru is a nice little city of about 10,000 on the east coast, south of Christchurch. It’s a farming community with a quirky twist. The downtown area has many of its original Victorian buildings and a Steampunk Museum. At a beach next to the harbor is a grandstand set up to view the little blue penguins that come ashore to nest every evening at dusk. We are staying at a bed and breakfast in a beautiful old home that was built in the early 1930s. Here are some pictures
Enjoying a Bundaberg lemonade for lunch 90_BA6F11C3-6DB0-4CCA-AEC7-7416B8B79738.jpeg
The Riverstone Castle C8A13BC3-4795-4188-8833-F69C46B36BF3.jpeg
In front of the shops at a Riverstone. I am not sure what Avis did to end up here but she doesn’t look very contrite! 1463CF2C-92D9-492E-B65D-B39FEAD86E66.jpeg
One of the raised bed gardens F21C2F1F-341A-4A58-B29F-48AF4BADC35A.jpeg
Outside the Steampunk museum in Oamaru. D2C303F8-F8B0-4087-BE4B-5511478332B1.jpegIf you drop a $2 coin in the slot in front of that structure it animates and puts on a 2 minute show complete with lights and sound effects. We tried it, it was quite fun.
We will spend Tuesday morning looking around in Oamaru and then drive on to the Otago peninsula. Thanks for reading.

Posted by linfays 08:06 Archived in New Zealand

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Fabulous pictures. What a beautiful country to visit. Your train Adventure looked very exciting – it’s always something I’ve wanted to do here in Canada. I also love those fuchsia boots you bought. Hopefully you’ll have to wait until next winter to wear them. Keep on having fun! U2 always do.

by Diane Gregson

What a great trip. The steampunk museum looks very cool.
Cameron says "wooowww.. that looks very fun and I love you"

by Jodi

Looks beautiful there. I’m in Gibbons with Molly and it is supposed to be -28 tomorrow! Magical there!

by Colleen

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