November 18th, 2014 / posted by paularath
The view from our hotel room!

The view from our hotel room!

The Dunedin train station.

The Dunedin train station.

Dunedin's first church.

Dunedin’s first church.

When a boatload of folks from Scotland first arrived in Dunedin, on the East Coast of New Zealand, they fell in love. They decided it reminded them of Edinburgh, so they set out to create a smaller version of that lovely Scottish city. Our hotel was located right near the Octagon, the city center, which enabled us to walk in every direction and experience a truly beautiful small city.

The Art Gallery, which is an impressive modern museum really, was our favorite building.

Dunedin Albatrosses 4

Albatrosses have a wing span of three meters and they are amazing to see when they spread their wings in the wind and fly with locked wings.

The highlight of this segment of our trip was a magnificent Wildlife Tour that took us to a tiny peninsula where we saw wildlife in their native habitat, getting along – and also fighting. We totally lucked out with the viewing and saw every sort of creature we were hoping to see: Royal Albatross, Hooker Sea Lions, Yellow-Eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins and New Zealand Fur Seals.

What was most impressive was the authenticity of the whole experience. You have to really take a hike to get to the animals. The naturalists control the numbers so there are only about nine people at a time allowed down to the beaches and it’s absolutely pristine and wild. No phony stuff or trained creatures here!

More photos soon. Gotta run to breakfast. Our B&B has great food!

– Paula Rath

 

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