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New Zealand Road Trip – Part 2

After our house sitting gig in West Melton, by Christchurch we headed out for the next leg of our south island road trip. We had 8 days before our next house sit and planned on enjoying as much of the south end of the south island as we could.

Giant Salmon in Rakaia
Just a short drive from Christchurch we came to Rakaia. The 12 metre tall salmon statue demanded a quick stop. As we learned, salmon is a big business on the south island.
Historic Centre of Timaru
We found this statue of Captain Henry Cain in Timaru. A prominent businessman who was poisoned by his son in law in 1886. It is always interesting what you learn when you take the time to read the information attached to points of interest.
Campsite in St. Andrews
We did our first night of camping on the south island just south of Timaru at a place called St. Andrews. Very nice, except for the freight train line about 7 metres behind the tent. Thankfully only two trains passed while we were there.
Lake Tekapo from the Peninsula Walkway
We took a detour inland from the east coast to visit some of the lakes that make up part of New Zealand impressive hydro electric scheme. This view of Lake Tekapo is from the Peninsula Walkway.
Bunnies and sheep bones
This sight on the Peninsula Walkway will only appeal to fans of Monty Python and the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog There are numerous rabbits running around here and a disturbing number of sheep carcasses laying about. I found it humorous.
Lake Pukaki with Mt. Cook
The next lake in the scheme is Lake Pukaki. With Mt. Cook in the background (the highest peak in New Zealand) it is a most impressive sight. The glacial silt in the lake make for incredible colour.
Oamaru War Memorial
We ended our day in one of the best finds so far in this region, Oamaru. From the war memorials on the main drive to the wonderful brewery beside our campground this town has tons to offer the traveller.
Blue footed Penguins coming ashore in Oamaru
Oamaru is also home to a couple of breeds of penguins. We were able to watch these Blue-footed Penguins (world’s smallest penguin) coming ashore for the night just down the road from where we were camped. We also were able to see some Yellow-eyed Penguins the next morning just outside of town. Very cool.
Moeraki Boulders
These unique formations on the beach at Moeraki were worth the stop. The fog made for a great atmosphere as we walked up the beach.
Dunedin Train Station
A quick stop in Dunedin at the train station and to pick up supplies before heading to a campground for the night. Dunedin seems to be the butt of a lot of jokes, but there were a lot of historic and interesting buildings there.
Curio Bay
As we headed toward the southern tip of the island we stopped in Curio Bay. A beautiful and popular area for young travellers. We were fortunate to have some of the small and rare Hector’s dolphins come into the shallows and play in the water in front of us.
Slope Point
Slope Point is the furthest point south on the south island. Other than some sheep, the only item there is the sign telling you you have arrived.

More to come….


Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

2 comments on “New Zealand Road Trip – Part 2

  1. Kevin Pattison

    Very cool road trip adventure. Pile of bones lol yup i remember a similar place lol.

    Boom baby !

    On Feb 12, 2018 11:20 AM, “Peter & Karen Pecksen” wrote:

    > peterpecksen posted: “After our house sitting gig in West Melton, by > Christchurch we headed out for the next leg of our south island road trip. > We had 8 days before our next house sit and planned on enjoying as much of > the south end of the south island as we could. ” >

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