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Palmerston North - Dunedin

Flight and town sightseeing.

semi-overcast 15 °C

My long travel started an early morning the 14 nov at 6 am leaving my home in Palmerston North aiming for the airport and the plane taking me to Dunedin. Smooth flight with a short stop in Christchurch where I didn't even have to leave the plane. Arrived in Dunedin at 10am and picked up my rental car. I'm a bit surprised that it doesn't feel more strange to drive on the wrong side, sit on the wrong side of the car and have the direction stick on the wrong side of the steering wheel. It's just my third time driving a car in this country. Lucky I've been biking all year in the traffic to at least get used to the left side traffic. Some unwanted starts with the windscreen wiper happened by pure reflex when quick decisions were made, but it just concludes that my driving still sits in the back of my spine.
Arrived to my hotel after a short drive, left my car there, since it was too early for checkin, grabbed my camera och headed for town center with the map in my hand. First destination was the railway station, both to look at the historic building and book my train ticket for the trip two days later. An amazingly beautiful building with such details, both inside and outside. The floor in the hall and stair case were both covered in mosaic tiles and there were two colourful glas windows above. After a short strol I arrived to the Octagone square. And yes, it's actually is eight sided. A green sloping oasis right in town. Surpricingly relaxing even if the traffic passes through. Along side the square were historical buildings with the cathedral and Municipal Chambers and a long row of caf├ęs and restaurants. Grabbed lunch at one of them and enjoyed the view over the sunny square. Continued my walk to look at the First church and totally got blown away by the amazing arched wooden ceiling inside. First church I've been in that the floor and benches sloped slightly towards the front. And I've been into lots and lots of churches in my life, I can asure you. Next aim was the Botanic garden on the outskirts of town were I looked at amazingly colourful Rhododendrons in all sizes, from small bushes to huge trees. They also had a nice rose garden, which wasn't in full bloom right now, and a great looking conservatory. On my way back to the square I passed the University and some nice old wood buildings with details. Back to the hotel after a 5 hour sightseeing walk, I rested my legs, feet and back and planned for the next day nature and animal adventure.

Posted by JMarianneL 16.11.2012 19:44 Archived in New Zealand

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