Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula

Caught the shuttle bus from Dunedin Airport into the City - about a 25km trip. John, the shuttle bus driver was keen to find out where we were from and seemed to know a lot about Paronella Park. I think he may have visited there some years ago. We went via the scenic route and had a good opportunity to see the country side to the south of Dunedin (on the road to Invergargill). Horses and sheep everywhere! The countryside is green and rolling. Matthew said that it reminded him a lot of Scotland. The city of Dunedin itself certainly reminded me of Dunfermline - particularly the steep hills in the town and the confusing one way streets and roundabouts. John dropped us to the Hertz Rent a Car office and then I promptly walked off without paying! I actually thought it was a complementary shuttle - Wrong! I felt very comfortable with our Hertz Hire car - a Toyota Corolla! They upgraded it to automatic - which is brilliant given the number of hills/mountains in the South Island. We connected the Sat Nav and hey presto in 2 minutes we were at the Cable Court Motel. "Absolutely fantastic that Sat Nav" (says Matthew!) We dropped out bags at the Cable Court around 2 p.m. and then headed out to explore the Otago Peninsula. What a place! We went via the Highcliff Road towards Lanarch Castle and the views back towards the mountains and Dunedin and then the ocean on the other side of the road has to be seen to be believed.

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