Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Day 22. of 24 in New Zealand: Scotland?

Today we went to Scotland – at least that’s what we heard. But first things first. We got up in the morning. Not as early as I planned at 2am to photograph the stars. No, I was just too tired when the alarm went off and the sky was not visible when we went to bed and not when we got up in the morning. So I just guess that it wasn’t visible during the night either. But yeah, I was a ‘little’ bummed in the morning that I haven’t managed to get a good night shot of the Southern coast (or any other nice location we’ve been so far).


We left this little town called Bluff in the morning after breakfast at the Anchorage and drove in the direction of our next stop – which is as we heard very scottish – Dunedin.


We have already been to the southermost city (Invercargill), the southermost town (Bluff), the southermost town offshore (Oban) and today we went to the southermost point of New Zealand mainland called Slope Point. There is no road to Slope Point itself, but it’s just a 20 minutes walk to get there and it’s very windy – at least it was for us. I’m not sure if I even managed to get a good shot with the tripod.


The spot itself is really an understatement. There is basically only a sign post which has two directions: Equator 5140km and South Pole 4803km.


The Slope Point belongs to ‘The Catlins’. We also visited Nugget Point and the Purakaunui Falls also belonging to ‘The Catlins’. The Nugget Point has a beautiful view of – you guessed it – nuggets. Wave-eroded rocks that have the shape of gold nuggets. Walking there takes about 20 minutes.


On our way to Dunedin we had the best introduction into Scotland there is – Highland Cattle. Dunedin itself didn’t look that much like Scotland, but it has some old-looking churches and maybe with a little imagination and compared to the rest of NZ you could say that it is a little scottish. Well, it even has a Scottish Shop. :) Dunedin is the second-largest city of the South Island and the name comes from Dùn Èideann which actually means Edinburgh.


When we arrived at the B&B our host told us that there is the Royal Abatross Center, which has of course Albatrosses, but also blue penguins. It’s not like in a zoo, it’s more like a wildlife reserve and you can make a tour. That meant, we went outside at a specific hour when the little penguins normally come back from their feeding tour and watched how groups of around 20 little penguins stormed the beach and waddled to their home. They always come home at around 10pm, which is quite fascinating. You can see a big black spot in the sea coming closer to the beach really fast and as soon as they are onshore, they need quite some time to clean themselves and to come up the beach – sometimes they even get stuck for a few seconds in the grass. Very cute!


All in all the  action was over after around 45 minutes and we went back to our B&B.



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