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New Zealand South Island Part 2 (catch up post)

Route through the South island!

Route through the South island!

 

Strap in and grab your loved ones folks, this is a picture heavy post, and we’ll be covering a lot!

 

So as we headed south, we thought we’d hit the Franz Josef glacier. It’s supposed to be amazing. Well, two days of fog and 1 day of heavy rain later, we decided that Glacier was a dick, and we continued on our way, locked into a timeline that involved very few “Wait until the glacier’s in the mood” days.  So then we started our drive down to see Milford Sound. Milford Sound is renowned for it’s beautiful views but also extremely bad weather. Well after driving 4 hours out of the way, we find out there is a huge rock slide near milford sound, and that the entire area has been shut down.  OK NEW ZEALAND, WE GET IT.

 

So we headed east, determined to actually do something on the south island. And we arrived in Dunedin and booked ourselves a Speight’s Brewery tour. I’ll spare you the details, because largely one brewery tour is just like any other. However, this was seriously the best one I’ve ever done. Maybe its because the girl running it liked my smile, maybe it’s because she encouraged us to be silly (Yeah, hey, does anyone want to take the hat off of old man Speights head?), or maybe it’s because at the end of the tour we got a 30 minute (read nearly an hour) open bar, which is far more than any “3 drinks included” brewery tour I’ve ever done.

 

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Clearly a Dapper Dan man

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Tour guide and brewery floor

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The face I make after skulling beers for an hour straight

We also did the Cadbury chocolate tour, which was about as fun as doing your taxes, if after every couple pages of tax filings, they gave you a candy bar. (still not fun).

We bid adieu to Dunedin and headed towards Mount Cook, desperate to see some Mountainy Goodness, and luckily, we weren’t disappointed.  We did a short hour or two hike to the view point, and while it was windy and a bit cold, the panorama of  beautiful views was certainly worth it.

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The hillllls are alivveeeee with the sound of mussiiccc

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Survival Hut

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We found these guys roadside – okkkk…..


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We freedom camped afterwards, and every time we ate these ducks would come over. We figured out that ducks really love raisin bran.

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We love freedom camping

 

On the way to Oamaru we stopped at the Moeraki Boulders. It was pretty strange walking up to a group of rocks on the beach and seeing the DSLRmy shooting a thousand photos of them. But we joined them and got into the fun.

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Little girl photobomb

 

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Brittany doing a little crossfit on the Atlas Stones

Afterwards, we made our way to Oamaru, probably one of the most unexpected towns we’ve encountered yet.  The town has a huge steampunk influence to it, with statues, sculptures, people dressed in period attire, and a huge steampunk workshop.  Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction that envisions a world largely powered by steam engines – it’s a little Victorian, a bit futuristic, and all very cool.

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Put in a quarter and this locomotive started shooting off flames

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Gaze into it’s eyes and see holographic kaleidoscopes, also a creepy spider that’s made a home in the skeletons eye

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 Are you tired yet? One more stop! Before we hit Christchurch for an uneventful final night in New Zealand, we drove to Akaroa, an area southeast of Christchurch. It’s a peninsula with beautiful harbors, views, a great french inspired food scene. We puttered around there for a day, eating, drinking, and relaxing before we had to head out for Fiji!


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And because this post has gotten WAY too long, just some random pictures!

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  1. susan says:

    Just a note–POSTS are NEVER, ever too long. I love them, and look forward to them.

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  3. Great post. I stayed at a great value hotel in Dunedin called Econo Lodge Alcala when I was in Dunedin. I can highly recommend it.

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