23.04.2012 - 23.04.2012
So we woke to a lovely view of the beach out of the back of our campervan – it was a great spot and seemed much warmer than the previous couple of nights which was a relief! We enjoyed a little stroll along the beach at Campbells Bay and then headed back into Oamaru to have a small explore – it was very small indeed as very little seemed to be open! Oamaru is famed for being one of the oldest towns in NZ – the oldest buildings being over 150 years old! It’s very strange as the old buildings actually look almost new. It’s easy to forget how new the country is compared with the UK.
We headed south down to Moeraki boulders (I must just mention that on this journey we were met by a 4x4 vehicle flashing lots of lights and holding a STOP sign...we panicked and stopped as we were told...soon after another flashy vehicle with the sign HOUSE TO FOLLOW...then, no joke a whole house appeared, travelling down the road on a lorry. It was so wide it took up the whole road and more – wish we had got a photo but Sarah was too stunned by the randomness!) anyway....back to the boulders... a random collection of very round boulders scattered along the beach – something to do with the type of rock and erosion....they were very nice to look at and the beach itself was stunning!Whilst having a little walk we spotted a couple of dolphins leaping around in the waves – they were so close to shore it was amazing! Further down the coast at Shag point we saw lots of seals too which was also exciting.
We arrived in Dunedin early afternoon and headed in a hunt for nice cheap / free campsites....of which there appeared to be none. We were recommended a small secret spot by the nice couple last night but on just about every leaflet we picked up we were told no freedom camping was allowed and slightly put off by a $20000 fine we decided we had better stick to the law. From Dunedin we headed onto the Otago peninsula down to Sandfly Bay where ran super fast down an enormous sand dune! Main purpose of visit was to look for more penguins but they didn’t show up...but we were still pleased with the sea lions on the beach for us – they are so big!! From here we drove to the end of Otago Peninsula with some amazing views en route to Pilot Beach to see more penguins coming in shore to feed their chicks. We waited for over an hour and no penguins showed but then by chance Sarah spotted a movement in the bushes behind the viewing area...low and behold there were two tiny Blue Penguins there chirping away waiting for their mothers to return with food! All in all a wonderful day of wildlife!