Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Few Days Down South

Last week, Rebecca and I had Grabaseats to Dunedin for a few days - a great chance to visit places we hadn't seen for a while. I booked a motel which was a the top end of George St - near student accommodation and this is what I saw when I went to get our room key - just in case it got too noisy with the student "O Week" celebrations.

We visited Oamaru, which is about 1.5 hours north, and has beautiful 'Oamaru' stone buildings - a white stone that is used for carving in sculptures.
Here are some of the buildings:
this is the Basilica

here is one of the banks.On the journey back to Dunedin, we called in to Moeraki Boulders.
Here is a boulder still in the cliff:
Rebecca sitting on a small boulder

and just look at the shapes that make up these amazing stones!

Lunch was at Fleur's in the fishing village of Moeraki - here is THE BEST EVER seafood chowder!

Then a visit out to the lighthouse to bring back old memories.
The next day we had booked a tour of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory (no photos allowed inside) but we did have a little bag of goodies and of course spent money in the shop afterwards. The weather was showery but after a lovely Japanese lunch we went for a drive out to Portobello to visit the Happy Hens factory

and then called into Larnach Castle for afternoon tea (this is New Zealand's only true castle and was once owned by my great, great great-aunt Laura and her husband).

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