3/2/11 - 3/3/11
Dunedin and Otago Penninsula…check!
Fast forward: Arrival Dunedin. Cute city/college town. Best part of our visit was our first beer and meeting the very cute Kiwi bartender who served it to us. Hearing our accents, he asked us where we were from. When we told him New York, his bright blue eyes lit up and he clucked to us:
“I’m dying to go to New York and get a biiiiig slice of pizza and fold it in half and eat it just like that!”
Then he added (no joke, you couldn’t write it this good): “And I’d also love to go to that other little city you guys have, you know, the one with all the angry Irish people?
Our reply: “Um, Boston?”
“Yeah, Boston, that’s it! I’d love to go to one of those rough and rowdy bars and tear it up with those guys! Right on, Mate.”
Here’s Nikki enjoying her first beer in NZ:
Following an 11 hour well-deserved sleep, we packed up the Nissan and drove out to the Otago Penninsula. Picture Ireland (sooooo many sheep, sooooo much green), but with sun. And bigger mountains. And penguins.
Here is the Otago countryside:
Our tour guide at Penguin Place (a very cool preserve where they’ve built all these tunnels and “hides” so you can see the birds super close up) was charming, informative and VERY into penguins (um, she had a Penguin scrunchie). While we did not get any pictures of her hairpiece, we did get great shots of yellow-eyed penguins (the most anti-social breed of penguin in the world, and very endangered) and fur-seals in their natural habitat (who knew that seals and penguins hang out on grassy knolls shared by sheep…not just on ice!).
Here are the critters in their cute and proud glory:
We are a few days behind…but coming soon…our drive to Te Anau, the adventures of Barnyard Backpackers and Milford Sound! The hike we loved…and the kayak that nearly ended in divorce (but don’t worry we are still married)! xoxo Nikki and Marin