While The Captain and I did enjoy the company of penguins in Galapagos in 2013, I had not yet had my friends’ good fortune to see penguins in New Zealand.
That is, until we traveled along the South Coast on our way to Dunedin.
After we left Bluff, I referenced the Campermate App to find a place to camp in the Catlins. And lo and behold, Curio Bay offered inexpensive camping AND a free opportunity to view yellow-eyed penguins in the wild. While I have yet to find a free view of the blue penguins that Jenny and Kirsten wrote about, it was a pleasure to happen upon these lovely creatures.
The next morning, we left Curio Bay and headed toward Dunedin along Highway 1 in search of a bit of city life and street art.
In Dunedin, we stayed at the very affordable and comfortable Hogwartz Backpackers, fully equipped with a kitchen (making The Captain/Chef very happy).
During our visit in Dunedin, we found some great street art, from murals…..
….to trees with style……
…..to traffic signal boxes with penguins!
Other highlights included a tour of the historic Dunedin Railway Station.
…. a drive up Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest residential street….
… and provisioning at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory.
We also drove out along the Otago Pennisula, but too late in the day for any good snaps.
Next up….Dunedin to Christchurch