Dunedin is bigger than I thought it is, very nice buildings. The city center is arranged around an octagon – and that’s exactly how they call it. Dunedin is the gaelic word for “Edinborough”. The next two nights I will stay at Hogwartz – a really cool backpacker in the city center (never seen so modern bathrooms in a backpacker at all – even with a rain-shower J).
Day 10 (26.1.12013): Queenstown to Dunedin
First stop Arrowtown. A little town near Queenstown that makes you feel like being in the wild, wild west (ok, besides the cars and other modern amenities 😉
Day 11 (27.1.12013): Dunedin & Otago Peninsula
After a good breakfast at the “kitchen table” I explored the city starting at the octagon for some free wifi and the town hall via the train station until the University of Otago with its beautiful buildings. In the afternoon I drive along the bay on the Otago peninsula with stunning views over the bay and Dunedin. At the very end, the outer tip of the peninsula is the “Albatross Center” where you can see one of the biggest colonies of these huge birds. I make my way back on some gravel roads via Swan Lake and Stephens Beach watching a sea lion. Arriving Sandfly Bay just by 9pm which is unfortunately a little bit too late for the penguins. This is actually a different breed of penguins (yellow eyed) which comes in before sunset – in contrary to the blue/ little penguins which come back to shore at dark. Well, next to the Catlins where I will have heaps of chances to see penguins!