August 13, 2011
With my new found talent, coordinating tours for my international friends, myself and my friend Sam booked yet another trip. Kaikoura was spectacular, the scenery, the wildlife, and the memories were/are fantastic and will be remembered for the rest of my life. The trip to Dunedin, was a different sort of trip. It was just as good, but it wasn't about seeing wildlife, it was about experiencing a nice mix between nature and city.
Taieri George Railway Station.
Boarding the train... headed on a 4 hour tour throughout New Zealand's Wilderness.
Over the bridge, and through the woods... Taieri George Railway.
A breath of fresh air... ahh, nature at its finest!
The juxtaposition of a bridge crossing the native bush- remarkable!
Great friends, beautiful scenery... Does life get much better?
After riding the wooden train through nature's backyard, we begun the evening. Great Thai food, lots of laughs, and best of all, the late night was spent with 'The Big Night Out!' We visited 6 pubs, had pizza, met new people and most of all, enjoyed the buzz of Dunedin's downtown. The next morning, we woke up, made a hearty breakfast omelette filled with sausage, bacon and onions for everyone, and were back on the road. But before leaving, we checked out Dunedin's Historical Museum which was filled with artifacts, stuffed native wildlife, and live butterflies! We had to visit one impressive street... the steepest street in the world!
At the base
Making a run for it!
This caught my attention... Woah, cool!
Halfway there... It started snowing a lot (time to hurry up and get on the road)
Enjoying our time on the steepest street (19 degrees) in the world.
We made it!
It was really getting snowy out, so we decided it was time to hit the road and head for the Moeraki boulders before the weather got too bad to travel in!
Entering the Moeraki beach... we were in for a surprise!
I took a little hike away from the beach, and experienced some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen!
This is how a Moeraki Boulder is formed...
Slowly forming into a Moeraki Boulder... nature is powerful!
We grabbed a cup of cafe, some sammies, and were headed back on a 4 hour trip to little ol' Lincoln University. Our next adventure will probably be in Queenstown, New Zealand, doing some river rafting or bungee jumping! For now, myself and ten other buddies are headed to Australia on Saturday to tour Sydney, rent a car and drive up to Brisbane, sightseeing in between, and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef! Cheers.
″A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi