Sunday, March 18, 2012

How we got from Christchurch to Dunedin

I was so excited to share our Milford Sound experience, I skipped the previous day. So we left Pete's Farmstay mid morning and headed out of town in our Jucy rental car. We swapped vehicles because, Jucy Rental had a great deal on moving a car from Christchurch to Queenstown which we were doing anyway. Our new car was about the size of a Mini Cooper and only a few years old. The downside, was it was a manual transmission vehicle. So now that I was just getting the hang of driving on the wrong side of the road, I had to add the complexity of shifting to the mix. Out of town we drove. The drive was very pleasant, and roads were in good condition. After hours of driving, and seeing thousands upon thousands of sheep, we stopped in a small town on the coast called Oamaru. We were just looking for a bite to eat, when Kim saw a "Cheese Factory" sign. Ooo! I said, and pulled over. Whitestone Cheese was the name of the place and they had cheese samples and an observation deck for their production line. We purchased a picnic pack cheese platter that had an aged cheddar and a beautiful blue cheese. It even came with crackers and a plastic knife.
We munched on the way to the Moeraki Boulders. They are these spherical shaped rocks that litter the beach in this one stretch of coast.
As we pulled into Dunedin we were both surprised at how amazingly hilly it was. Steep hills just like Seattle or San Francisco. More on that later...

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