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Introducing Kweelie!

What’s in a name? Well for our Kweelie, it came about before even getting our van. Lying on the bed at our hostel in Christchurch, we were supposed to be quiet but Jeff kept cracking the girl up with odd names, hitting the gold mine with Kweelie (kiwi + wheelie = a damn good time). While we tried a bunch of different names (including many concerning her rather large hitop – busty la rue and the like), we ended up sticking to Kweelie.

Waking up to a beautiful morning, we set out the Otago Peninsula to see Lover’s Leap and the Chasm. The good thing about long days (it doesn’t get dark here till around 10 PM) is that the run rise lingers with gorgeous colors till almost 10 AM. Our hike took us straight through pasture, completely surrounded by sheep (you can imagine Kelly’s excitement) and vibrant grass.

After the hike we drove back into town for the Speight’s Brewery tour. It was great fun, walking through their operational brewery (which is also gravity fed, meaning there are lots of stairs and cool chutes to pour ingredients through). Our guide was great and we finished with free tasting of the beers (where we got to pour our own glasses!) and then bought some dark malt ice cream (delicious) to top it off.

Our final stop in Dunedin before leaving for the Catlins was Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street. While the pictures don’t do it justice, it really is steep (we watched a car barely make it up, tires sliding at the steepest spot). After hiking to the top, we were off to the Catlins!

Pulling into our campground around 7 PM (after way too many dirt roads that the rainy conditions weren’t making confidence inspiring) we found out we were the only ones there. Just us and the sounds of wildlife and views of the remote Catlins all around us. We made some tasty tortellini and then hit the sack.

We picked up delicious chocolate buttons at the store, so this morning was time for banana chocolate pancakes – big pan sized ones. After clearing our plates, we put on our running shoes for a trail run down the Catlins River track. It is a beautiful trail through rain forest, right along the river. We ran and snapped some photos before turning around and heading back to Kweelie.

Next was a drive to Nugget Point where we hiked to a lone lighthouse amidst rugged rock outcroppings – beautiful and raw, you really feel like you are on the bottom of the world. We also drove to Jack’s blowhole where we hiked to the 55 M deep hole, 200 M back from the ocean in the middle of farmland. While it doesn’t shoot water up into the sky, it was quite breathtaking. We saw a sign that read “pickles for sale” in front of a small beachfront house and decided to stop in. We walked out with two jars, tomato relish and rhubarb chutney (not the “pickle” we had imagined but very tasty), and a smile after chatting with the cute old couple. Our next stop was supposed to be our campsite but after missing the turn off, we put in one more short hike to a waterfall before finally making it to our campsite. It turns out it was worth the backtracking and dirt roads because we are camped overlooking a beautiful bay with sheer cliffs rising on the distance. We had salad, soup / rice / veggie mix and then for desert had our newly found Mammoth yogurt. It is amazing, great flavor and has different seeds in it as well (our flavor was mango coconut). If you happen to come across it, make sure to try it (may be hard to find as it is NZ made). Now it’s time for bed before a lot of driving and Thanksgiving tomorrow! (Which we just found out is next week, whoops! Too late…)

8 Trackbacks

  1. By andy on August 22, 2014 at 11:26 pm

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    спс!!…

  2. By micheal on August 23, 2014 at 10:18 am

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    спс за инфу….

  3. By Ernest on August 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm

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    good!!…

  4. By leon on August 24, 2014 at 3:59 am

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    good!!…

  5. By jeff on August 24, 2014 at 10:52 am

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    спс за инфу!…

  6. By jerome on August 24, 2014 at 6:13 pm

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    thanks….

  7. By Shannon on August 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm

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    tnx!!…

  8. By clifford on August 26, 2014 at 9:18 pm

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    благодарен!!…

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