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10/30   Right is Left
10/31   Omeru Scenic Reserve
11/01   Omamari Beach
11/02   Waipoua Forest
11/03   Mail Boxes and a Magic Orange
11/04   Cape Reinga
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11/19   Pureora Forest Park
11/20   Waitomo Glowworm Caves
11/21   Marokopa
11/22   New Plymouth
11/25   Pukeiti Rain Forest
11/26   Boring Highway 3
11/27   Boring Highway 1
11/29   Switching Gears
11/30   Hitchhikie
12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
12/07   Stirling Point
12/08   The Catlins
12/09   Tunnel Beach
12/10   Sandfly Beach
12/11   Mount Cook
12/12   Cave Stream
12/14   Long Day Home
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Sandfly Beach

2016-12-10

tl;dr: We visited Sandfly Beach and Baldwin Street. Then I struck off on my own north.

Ronya slept in. Again. She is not continuing on with me, today, but wanted to go hiking with me in the morning. I had picked a track pretty much at random: Sandfly Beach. As we were discussing this, Yhanne, a guy from Switzerland, kind of invited himself along. He asked how far we were going to hike. I told him it would be a short hike.

It turns out Yhanne is the only tourist I've met that doesn't realize a short hike in New Zealand means less than 10 kilometers. And, unfortunately for him, the track down to Sandfly Beach was steep and completely made up of sand. Going down was tough. Yhann almost didn't make it back up.

We also visited Baldwin Street, the steepest residential street in the world. My little rental car almost didn't make it to the top with all three of us in it. I would have had to make Ronya get out and push. I'm not sure if Yhann was recovered enough to push.

I left Ronya and Chantelle and Yhanne behind at the Pavlova Palace in Dunedin and struck off north alone once more. I didn't find any more hitchhikers.

I visited Shag Point where there is a sea lion colony.

I visited the Moeraki Boulders, which are kind of neat, but not really worth going out of your way for.

I was going to visit the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, but you had to pay for a tour, and I just didn't feel like dealing with that.

I am seeing a lot of bicycle tourists. I feel bad for myself. But I also feel bad for them. The south island is much more enjoyable when you can drive around and hike.

The day ended at Buscot Station, a nice hostel on a working farm far off the road. The owner travels the world regularly on more-or-less fact-finding missions. He had lots to say about how American agriculture compares to New Zealand agriculture.

good morning Dunedin


I guess it gets windy here, too.


following a sand track to Sandfly Beach




fisherman




penguin


Yhanne, somebody I don't know, and Ronya looking at sea lions.




Dunedin


going up Baldwin Street, the world's steepest residential street


going back down Baldwin Street


sea lions at Shag Point


Shag Point


a few of the Moeraki Boulders


a broken boulder


a few birds on an abandoned dock


The Takiroa Rock Art Site is underwhelming.


heading back into the mountains


Buscot Station

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