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Oamaru to Dunedin and then Arrowtown

To Arrowtown via Alexandra and Cromwell

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We thought the road to Dunedin was going to be fairly flat and so it was until about 30 kms to go, when suddenly we were climbing very steep hills and, of course, coming down again, several times. I must admit that I'm over it!

We stopped at the Moeraki Boulders as the site was just off the road we were on. The Boulders are unusually large spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast between Moeraki and Hampden. They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve. The larger boulders, 2 metres (6.6 ft) in diameter, are estimated to have taken 4 to 5.5 million years to grow while 10 to 50 metres (33 to 164 ft) of marine mud accumulated on the seafloor above them.

Apparently there used to be just a small cafe on the cliff where people could buy a coffee after their 2-minute visit down to the Boulders. Now there is a huge visitor centre with plenty of parking for the huge tourist buses. People stagger down a steep path to the beach and then mill around the Boulders wondering why on earth they came all this way to see some rocks on a beach (there aren't that many). We took a few mandatory photos and carried on our way


An hour or so later, we drove into Dunedin where the hills were completely capped in thick cloud. After checking in, we decided that as it wasn't actually raining, we'd take a long walk into the centre of town. The council is replacing underground pipes in a huge section of the centre and it really isn't a pleasant place to walk. However, we made it to the Dunedin Public Gallery where, of course, a large gallery was being "changed". Most of the work was underwhelming but I did like "Isle of Brechau, Sark" by Rhona Haszard 1929


And, of course, we had to have a look at the Town Hall (1880 to 1930) and the Railway Station (1906) and take a couple of photos


The next day was very overcast and drizzly but even so we took the scenic drive alongside Hoopers Inlet to Lower Portobello. The road is rarely more than a couple of metres from the water. There are two "attractions" along the road, one is Glenfalloch Gardens (which was closed) and the other is Lanarch Castle (they wanted $45 each to visit - dreamin!)

Back in Dunedin, we drove up some incredibly steep hills to get to the Botanic Gardens and then walked up incredibly steep paths around the gardens

On our last day in Dunedin, we awoke to rain and a completely overcast sky. There was no choice really - we forfeited today's accommodation and decided to take a leisurely drive on State Routes 1 then 8 to Alexandra or Clyde. We stopped for a coffee in Roxburgh and were quite taken with a metal sculpture in the main street. In Alexandra, just before heading off to find a place to stay, we thought we'd call the motel in Arrowtown that we were due to stay at the next day. They had nothing available on booking.com but it's always worth calling a place direct, and we were lucky. So we carried on driving and stopped off at the excellent Historic Precinct in Cromwell before tackling our last ever series of ridiculous hills/mountains into Arrowtown


Posted by kforge 07:33 Archived in New Zealand

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