Day 20 - Washdyke to Dunedin
Left the campsite at around 9:30 after breakfast. We were the only ones staying onsite and it was right out in the wilds, or so we thought. Turns out it is a local hub as they were setting up for Sunday lunch and were clearly expecting plenty if the number of places they were setting is anything to go by, also there was loads of food, cakes and desserts etc in the chiller. The gift shop they had attached was a bit like Three Small Rooms in Charminster for those of you locals reading this. The owners Mel and Stu Paterson had been to the UK several times so were keen to chat about where we come from etc. We didn't get to Geraldine in the end as Richard's mum (the guy we met on the plane) wasn't working so we decided we'd give it a miss. First stop today was Oamaru for a quick look around their Victorian buildings and then on to Moeraki Boulders: these are a strange phenomenon of completely circular boulders around 2m in diameter that were formed about 4million yrs ago, in the sea initially and then got forced onto land and ended up within soft cliff formations which have now been washed away revealing the boulders again. Next stop Shag Point - no comments needed!!! Lots of shags (bird variety) and seals but sadly no yellow or blue eyed penguins as they had all left at 4am to go fishing. They don't mention that in the guide books! Final stop of the day and overnight stop is the Otago Peninsular outside Dunedin at a place called Portobello. Tourist campsite this time as no freedom camping available near the city or peninsular which is a nature reserve. Major panic that my computer had died but all seems ok now, fingers crossed…..Those of you reading this that have been jealous of all the sun we've been having will be glad to read that today has been cloudy and that the weather for the next few days isn't looking crash hot for the South Island, South Westerly winds blowing in…. sounds like a summer forecast in the UK!!!!Well they do say it's very much like Scotland down here, even down to some of the names.