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Oamaru to Otago Peninsula

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We started our morning in Oamaru with a visit to the award winning Whitestone cheese factory. We bought 2 kinds of cheese to try. One is a pecorino (sheep) and the other made from a combination of cow and goat milk. Both were pricey but taste amazing so we are glad we splurged. Next we did a bit of exploring in the Victorian precinct of Oamaru. This is the downtown area where the old buildings from the 1800s have been preserved and now contain an amazing array of art galleries, antique and curiosity shops. 7FAC48EB-6484-4BC5-978A-F48A2DBFA711.jpeg
F132204E-FD26-40D1-B4DB-EA9C0787C69B.jpegWe tried out this penny farthing bicycle at the entrance to the street. 97E8D013-8070-4A8E-87FE-8D5D67B0FC5C.jpegOne of the most interesting things we saw when we dropped into a used book store was the full size replica of the James Caird, the open whaling boat that Shackleton sailed 800 miles to South Georgia after his ship Endurance was trapped in the Antarctic ice. This replica was built for a NZ documentary. F83CFF84-24BE-4D03-A7F8-208CB31C3313.jpeg
We left Oamaru about noon and made our way down the coast to the city of Dunedin and then the Otago peninsula. Along the way we stopped to see the Moeraki boulders, an interesting group of large rocks on the beach. There is a long, complicated geological explanation for why these boulders are there but I will leave that to you to Google if you are really interested.4C35744D-07EB-415A-A49D-4FFCFFDF1EE9.jpegD5E788F7-1640-4ED1-9B46-7B10FAEADEDC.jpeg. After that we stopped at a place called Shag Point to see some New Zealand fur seals. One of them was on the grass next to where we parked our car. 350151C2-55CB-459C-9E85-7012DA2174D4.jpeg These were down on the beach 186E8493-6229-40E8-AF2B-4622791B8BC4.jpeg
We are on the Otago peninsula for 2 nights. We have the top floor in a character home that overlooks the ocean. It has two huge bedrooms, each with an attached sitting room with a fridge and coffee making facilities and a tv. There is a huge family bathroom and one bedroom is en-suite. There is a sitting room and a sun room, both with beautiful views of the ocean. We are really going to enjoy all this space for a couple of days. Tomorrow we are off to explore. Here is Avis’s comment for the day - “ there is an art to driving on the left hand side of the road which Linda seems to have mastered. However, when I get behind the wheel I have a tendency to scare the crap out of her. Actually it’s my ploy so Linda will do all the driving”. My response - “ even tho you scared me when you tried to take out those huge garbage bins while attempting to turn left onto the highway, it’s not going to work. You will get your turn tomorrow “.

Posted by linfays 01:03 Archived in New Zealand

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Oh you are in my old stomping ground! Remember I lived on the Otago Peninsula for 6 years! 350 Portobello Road. It would be fun if you could find the old gate and drive up the little road into the development. I lived there when it was a lovely estate called Stoneleigh. I hope Stoneleigh Hall is still there as it was a beautiful gracious home. Our cottage was torn down and replaced with a new build ( which is now probably 40 years old!!!). It would be fun if you could find it. Diane and Barry found it and explored the place. The brick foundation of our old greenhouse was still there.

Are you going to see the Albatross Colony and Larnach Castle? Two of my favourite places. Enjoy the Otago Peninsula! I will be there soon to see it again in person!

by Cathy Norrie

Hi Linda. Glad all is going well. It has been a stressful time here as my mom is back in the hospital and very sick I enjoy reading your detailed blogs - must take you forever!

by Debbi

So enjoying your descriptions! That penny farthing bike looks terrifying! I’m imagining trying to balance. The cheese sounds delicious.
Looking forward to your next days.

by Erin

You both will enjoy sitting back and enjoying the view for a couple days. You have really been on the go. The house sounds amazing!

by Colleen

Really enjoying your blogs! Again, living vicariously through your amazing journey, and it’s obvious you’re both really enjoying it. A little downside news here in Montana. Eagle Bend golf club burned this weekend. So many fun memories from there.
Love, Vicki

by Vicki

The boulders look like a family of giant tortoises sunbathing in the ocean......

by Deborah Paylor

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