Queenstown to Dunedin.

Now it’s the second of March and we go home on the 12th. It is now all too fast. A cloudy day for the drive but happy to report that the rain didn’t follow us, as Martin thought it might, and in fact we didn’t see any at all, save a few little wet spots near Dunedin.

The journey took us through the ever changing scenery that we have now become so used to: over every hill there seems to be a different vista and vegetation.

Lake Dunstan, just outside Cromwell.
Lake Dunstan, just outside Cromwell.

It was in 1848 that Scottish migrants established a town here in Dunedin giving it the ancient name for Edinburgh. The journey took us past hydro electric schemes and some very odd scenes.

I know everything in New Zealand is big but this was a little over the top.
I know everything in New Zealand is big but this was a little over the top.
Once more, I have no idea.
Once more, I have no idea.

The crunch and drama only came as we neared our destination on the Dunedin motorway, where a very nice policeman pulled me over for doing 118 kilometres an hour, overtaking a lorry, when the speed limit is 100. He had a chum in a high viz jacket clocking folk ‘racing’ along the motorway and he in turn had two cars at his disposal, for up ahead we saw another unfortunate pulled in moments after our good selves. Fair cop, but not a motorway as we know it Jim: you have been warned. If only he had watched us dutifully observing all the 30k signs at all the road works we have encountered, he would have been very proud. But such is ‘sods law’, I guess.

No flowers but trees were available en route!
No flowers but trees were available en route!

The bed. Will have to do a count at the end and work out how many we slept in.
The bed. Will have to do a count at the end and work out how many we slept in.

So, as always, we hope you enjoyed the journey. The cloud base has come in quite low now since I took this picture from our balcony:

The view when we arrived.
The view when we arrived.
It now looks like this! Hasn't stopped the surfers. I suppose if you are already wet ........................
It now looks like this! Hasn’t stopped the surfers. I suppose if you are already wet ……………………

Thank you for reading and let’s hope the weather improves tomorrow for our day of leisure in Dunedin.
M & M

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

4 thoughts on “Queenstown to Dunedin.”

  1. I think it was a nice little earner for those very polite and pleasant coppers. Very difficult to pin yourself back to 100 on a ‘motorway’. The Swiss let you do 120k in most deristricted places, so I could blame it all on that I suppose.

  2. Oh my, that’s unfortunate about the speeding incident! I think I’ll continue to keep that bail money handy ………………. just in case! You do still have ten days to go after all. Love the photo of the fruit but I don’t know about that spider?!! It doesn’t seem possible that it’s March already. Looks as though you’ll ‘hit’ the 2000 mark before you come home. Excellent!!

    1. Yes, might be a good idea! The day has dawned pretty grey and wet here again today Tuesday! So a day exploring in the car probably, once we find a bank to pay that fine, for that is how it works here!

  3. So glad the rain held off for the long trip East….Loved the tree..Ohh bugga re the speeding fine. I once got done by a female midget Ozzy for doing 60 in a 50 limit..45 mins later the road became a 60 kph limit which my neighbour had assured me had already occurred…He spent 2 years widening the road and thought he was right!…And you have driven it at least 3 times (once with us)…And now the rain has arrived…NOTHING puts Kiwis off water sport.. .NOTHING…Keep the pics coming we love them. M&S…xx

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