After a long and gruelling couple of days in a plane, I had finally arrived in Christchurch. Chris and Jenny met me at the airport and we enjoyed an in depth catch up during the 3 hour car journey back to Twin Terraces Farm. Once home, at around 4.00am local time, we all went to bed. I tried to catch up on some sleep, but still had not yet come to terms with the 11 hour time difference.
I awoke to the exquisite smell of a full English breakfast, that Chris and Jenny had prepared, 6 hours later. After stoking up on a large breakfast we headed to Dunedin to meet a couple of Chris's friends, who attended the University of Dunedin.
On the way to Dunedin we stopped at Shag Point, where I managed to see some seals. Unfortunately there were no penguins present, and as it was very windy and cold along the coast decided not to stick around and settle for the views of the seals.
My first night in New Zealand turned into a great night out in Dunedin and I met some sweet people and although I was incredibly tired, it was a brilliant start to the trip. Lastly, on the way back from Dunedin, we stopped off at the coast a second time, this time to see and learn about the Moeraki boulders. The Moeraki boulders are spherical rocks - concretions - that reach over 1m across. They formed 55m years ago, when lime was deposited slowly and evenly around a shell, pebble or mud, to form a hard, cemented, spherical concretion. Since the region was uplifted in recent geological times, the sea has eroded nearby cliffs to free the boulders from their encasing softer rock.