Yes, another very early rise this morning, as we plan to drive from Te Anau to Dunedin for lunch. Then along the east coast for a quick stop at the mysterious Moeraki Boulders. Further along the coast for a "drive through" Oamaru, and then onwards to Twizel, at the edge of Mount Cook National Park. Well, that's the plan anyway. We'll best ask the locals what they make this gruelling schedule first ... . Twizel will sadly be reduced to a sleepover stop. We'll be staying at the Aoraki Lodge, hosted by Oksana and Vlad Fomin.
08:30 another early start, the longest stretch ahead.
And a beautiful sunny day! Passed through typical rolling green hills with sheep and lots of lammies (where's Tinky Winky?).
Arrived at Dunedin around 11u30, and had lunch at cool place called "Arc Internet CafÈ Bar", where JJ could go online (for free). Strolled around town (ao the Octagon). Dunedin is a very nice place (with Scottish ancestry), has nice architecture, cool shopping streets.
Heard bagpipes and lots of people lined the streets: a graduates parade!
R bought an "All Blacks t-shirt" (RWC semi-final against Oz this evening!)
Left Dunedin already around 14:00.
Arrived at Moeraki Boulders around 15:20. Strolled on the beach, around the strange bolders. And left again around 15:45.
Had a short visit in Oamaru at 16:10. Oamaru has beautiful architecture (and very clean public toilets!); they seemed to be having a special festival, the "Victorian Heritage Day", going on (lots of people dressed up in late 19th century costumes, old cars) Left Oamaru around 16:35 en route to Twizel.
Passed several dams (hydro power plants), stopped by some old "Maori rock art" by the route.
Arrived in Twizel around 18:40. The weather was still very sunny and beautiful, but no chance of a scenic flight anymore (rugby night!). All resto's in Twizel were fully booked with (unfriendly) locals to watch the rugby (Twizel = the Fargo of NZ).
Had to buy some junk food in a local grocery store and eat in room and watch the match from our B&B 's little TV with antenna ... bad reception, but obviously the all blacks lost 22-10 to Australia (it was very quiet that night).
135 High St,
From Frommer's: "The Arc is quintessential Dunedin, and you won't find another place like it in New Zealand. It's deservedly famous in the backpacker community and on the local arts and music scene. And as the sign in the window says, it has "coffee with chutzpah." A slightly crazy interior sets the scene for the Film Society, gigs by local bands, jazz nights, and free Internet use. It has a changing blackboard menu, a bar, and a huge following among 20- and 30-somethings. If you want to find out how Dunedin grooves, this is the place to go -- day or night." Frommers
Jean-Jacques Halans ©2003