This is a collage of images taken during a day on the road travelling to Dunedin.
This is what can be described as a New Zealand roadblock. That is a G rated sheep related joke.
The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otago coast. When driving long distances we make stops every 1.5-2 hours for toilets and a break.
Ten km or so from Dunedin is the Larnarch “Castle” where we had a guided tour.
A tour of a penguin ecological institute had a new born within a day of leaving his birth nest for the ocean.The house was built between 1871 and 1887 as the residence of William Larnach. It contains 43 rooms and a ballroom and required a staff of 46 servants. After a series of personal and financial setbacks he committed suicide in New Zealand’s Parliament Buildings in October 1898. Two of his 3 wives died young as did one of his daughters. Another of his sons also killed himself.
A boat cruise took us past female seals sunning themselves while their new pups play. The Males have returned to the open ocean.
Albatrosses customarily fly only a metre above the water, 10 metres is their maximum altitude during flights of up to 1000 km in a day. They are capable of staying at sea for up to 5 years before returning for land. There only need of land is to mate and nest.