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Nature, Nature, Nature and some town.

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Today's day tour from Dunedin went north to Oamaru. In stead of driving the highway, I took of the road towards the sea to explore the nature along the coast. On my way out I saw all sorts of seabirds and arrived to windswept beaches. Further on I drove over green hills, passed paddocks with cattle and sheep, some sparsely forrests and small villages along the cost which was passed in a blink or two. Half way to may final destination I stopped at the Moeraki Boulders. These are round stones laying on the beach. They come from the hill above the beach, gets exposed and released by erosion. Amazing what nature can achieve. Continued my trip north to Oamaru where I had planned to get my big animal experience of the day, or actually more later in the evening. But now in the afternoon, I got a guided round tour of the Little Blue Penguin colony. Actually I got a private one, since no one else was there. Pretty cool!!! Unfortunately there wasn't much activities in the area since most adults were out fishing and there only were chicks and some adults in the nesting boxes. I could peek into some of them in the area and get a glimpse of some, but the best look was in the "open" peeking nesting boxes they had put up where you could look at a nest from above. So cool and soooo cute!!! After this almost near experience of Blue penguins I went into town and strolled along the old historic streets, looked at art and handcraft and walked along the main street with all the shops. To fill my penguin desire even more I went to a lookout to see when the yellow-eyed penguins arrived to the beach for the night. To finalise my big Blue Penguin near contact experience I had book a evening viewing. I had a premium view where I sat 2-3 m from the penguins when they arrived from the sea at dusk. Unfortunately it wasn't allowed to take any pictures, so can't show you how cute they were. But I can definitely assure you, they are supercute!!! You could follow them from when they came close to the shore in groups, up the beach, see them rest for a while and then carefully come up in groups in front of me. During 1,5 hours it came around 120 penguins. So amazing and cool!!! The drive back to Dunedin was full of thoughts of what I've experienced and seen during the day. Exhilarating!

Posted by JMarianneL 23:24 Archived in New Zealand

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