Dunedin.

Breakfast was OK but we have had better. The problem is now, of course, having been spoilt rotten in some places our standards are forever getting higher and higher. The dinner in the hotel last night was excellent so the sudden drop off at breakfast came as a bit of a disappointment.

Anyway we set off to the Royal Albatross Centre, having not been offered a second cup of coffee (see how picky we are getting!), which is right at the end of Otago Harbour.

Doesn't encourage you to walk too far, does it?
Doesn’t encourage you to walk too far, does it?

The beaches on the way were deserted of both people and sea lions! Luckily.

Snaills Beach.
Snaills Beach.

The Centre was a joy and we went on a 60 minute tour, which included a film and a toddle (limp in Malcolm’s case) up to the hide. A very informative guide called Josh, gave us a great insight into these beasts habits and lifestyles. There were some 200 albatross which is the largest mainland colony in the world. Go google it and you will see some great pictures. Ours were a little distant but on the way there just past Portobello (no market.) Mary took a great shot of a Little Shag. (Malcolm Edwards…..stop it.)

Now Mary enters the nature field.
Now Mary enters the nature field.

As always some funny sights on the way there and on the way back. But we can say we truly enjoyed Dunedin, and more time could have been easily spent here. Even the lady in the bank had a good laugh with me as I paid my speeding fine this morning.”They really don’t like you doing over 100k, but 118 was hardly Formula 1 stuff. But then I’m not a policeman. If it’s 120 k in Switzerland (which I had told her) I should stick with that!”

Thanks for reading, as always dear chums. Tomorrow quite a long drive to Mt Cook, at the required and legal speed limit, of course!
Sleep well and live long and prosper.
M & M

The Albatross. Wing span of 9'6" or 3 metres I am told. Can fly at 75 mph, or 120kph (faster than me in the car). Life span 40 to 60 years.
The Albatross. Wing span of 9’6″ or 3 metres I am told. Can fly at 75 mph, or 120kph (faster than me in the car). Life span 40 to 60 years.
This place was called Shiver me Timbers and was entirely drift wood.
This place was called Shiver me Timbers and was entirely drift wood.
More pretty flowers.
More pretty flowers.
The southern black backed gull that gazed in through the Albatross hide.
The southern black backed gull that gazed in through the Albatross hide.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Dunedin.”

  1. Ooh I love Jos’s comments…”A trap of policemen..” works for me….Beaut…And of course she isn’t laughing! Begger the thought!!!! M&S

  2. I think I must have missed the blog about the speeding fine….thus I’ll resist the temptation to comment….how about a ‘trap’ of policemen?
    Love the photos as usual. Xx

  3. I did say to a waiter back in Queenstown, after breakfast one morning watching him smile politely at a bunch of Chinese (seated all over the place, at different tables) who would not move and leave the tables (which he desperately needed for new people) until the head honcho said so and then they all got up and left en mass: and then he had two really stupid Americans to deal with,” you must have the patience of a saint.”

  4. Just a thought…the collective noun for the albatross…A Weight of….It kind of fits…I did look up Policeman..to no avail…Perhaps we could all add something there…BUT Radio announcers are known as “A herd of…” Very clever..Marty

  5. Great snaps yet again…We always enjoy a little shag. Don’t care for the gulls but do admire the magnificent albatross. OK the fine paid (So negative..I’ve always got one when the funds were a little below par!) Time to move on…Oh what a drive tomorrow!!..I don’t envy you. At least the weather is looking good for you…Have a nicer Breakfast and DEMAND the second cup of coffee..OR shout and pretend you are American! M&S

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