|last updated 29 November 2015|
03 - 29 November 2015
|Day three and on the
road again. Heading up to Larnach Castle which
is down the Otago Peninsula. We snaked our way
along very narrow roads up through the hills of
Dunedin. Boy David was only saying last night he
would like to find a good vantage point for taking
photos and we struck gold today. One spectacular
view after another. The view below is looking back at
Dunedin - we are only a third of the way up into the
hills at this point.
Further down the peninsula with Dunedin disappearing into the distance.
No looking back .... this is the next view unfolding as we climb into the hills.
A picture perfect moment for Den and Dave looking relaxed and happy day three of the holiday. Thank you to our Canadian friends for the shot.
Gotta love those panorama shots.
A lovely display of flowers at Larnach Castle.... Mmmm?? why can't I get my backyard looking like this? :-)
In the background is the Ballroom.
A nice photograph of David peeking around the corner of the entrance to the Castle
The first room we explored. Very much a masculine decor.
Pictured below .... the new look "studio" (For those that know our house) Time for a bit of a regal look.
A lovely shot of the front entrance from the top of the tower.
Larnach Castle in its full glory. You can see the top of the tower where we took the above photo from. The Castle has changed hands many times. Once it was an asylum and another an army barracks but nothing beats it like the way it looks today.
David adds that the view from the turret was outstanding very similar to the earlier views of the peninsula - but with a 360 degree view.... Wow... even better than Denise at 4:15 am the night before!
After a light lunch we continued down the peninsula to the Royal Albatross Centre. One of the albatross's nesting in the photo below. We also saw one in flight. The stand about a meter high and have a wing span of 3 meters.
Gimme a close up. An albatross nesting. The males and the females take turns to rest. They take it in shifts of 14 days at a time. Fledglings can be out to sea for up to 5 years before returning to land.
Part of our Royal Albatross tour included the historical fortress which was more interesting than the albatross nesting. Well worth having a look at if you intent to get out that way. It turns a 60 minute tour into a 90 minutes tour as you explore underground the tunnels where the military were protecting NZ from the threat of war between Britain and Russia from the 1880's.
The artillery pictured above is called Armstrong Disappearing Gun. A marvel of its age. Powered by hand pumped water and air ram system to raise the gun into the firing position above ground. Once fired it was returned to the pit by the sheer force of the recoil and ready for reloading. It could fire up to 5 miles.
Back in Dunedin we enjoy a light dinner at one of the eateries situated around the 'Octagon'. Check out a map of Dunedin and I am sure you will work out why this area is called the 'Octagon'. Now the sun is going down although the temperature is dropping somewhat. It is 9.42 pm and it is still twilight out there. I like it. Reminds me of Ireland where it was light until 10pm at night during the summer months. Tomorrow we visit the Dunedin train station and the Cadbury factory before moving on to Te Anau. See you there.
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