Back to the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.
Friday 28 December 2012 - Monday 31 December 2012
Friday 28 December 2012
It is Christmas and since the factory was closed for the duration, I decided to head south to parts of the country I had never been before. So, return flights from Auckland to Dunedin were arranged (for a good price I might add), hostels, a car and ferries booked and off I went. The flights were okay, typical Air NZ domestic and were on time.
Saturday 29 December
A day sightseeing in the city and out to Port Chalmers. The city is old (when compared to the rest of NZ that is) and has a huge student population.
An interesting doorway.
An old building and an old E Type Jaguar.
The Law Courts.
The farmers' market held every Saturday at the railway station.
One of the many churches in the city.
Dunedin railway station.
Sunday 30 December
I had heard good things about the Taieri River railway trip so I decided to do it. It is a private railway line that winds its way along and through the Taieri River Gorge to the village of Middlemarch. The scenery was very good, although the weather was a bit overcast.
One of the old carriages used on the Taieri train.
Waiting for the tourists to board the train.
A speeding train!
Along the Taieri River
The train just after crossing the viaduct.
The Taieri River.
A stop at Hindon station to stretch the legs and buy touristy stuff.
The Taieri River.
A typical farm house.
Sheep in Central Otago.
Coming down the hill towards Middlemarch.
The guys running the barbeque at Middlemarch.
The trains crossing the viaduct on the way home.
The weather packed up severely in the late afternoon and it fair hammered down as we got back to Dunedin.
Monday 31 December
I collected my rental car and drove out to Larnach Castle, the only castle in New Zealand. It had great views but was very expensive to go into so just contented myself by wandering around the gardens.
The entrance to Otago Harbour.
Ducks at Larnach Castle.
From there I headed out of town towards to Catlins.