A Day on the Road on the South Island

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.


One thought on “A Day on the Road on the South Island

  1. Lanarch Castle is quite a popular place to hold weddings and other events like their annual Masquerade Ball. They are also hosting the 2015 Relay for Life. Gardens are supposed to be spectacular. The accommodation is surprisingly modern considering the age of the building mind you that is just one room on their website.
    Love the nature shots as always especially the baby penguin. Will refrain from commenting on father penguin shooting through.

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