Otago

OTAGO

From Otago, it was time to follow the coast south to Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula.  Along the road, we saw a couple signs you don’t see every day back home.

Seal Crossing Otago
Seal Crossing Otago

First stop, Moeraki.  The Moeraki Boulders are a bunch of odd rocks on the beach.  Couldn’t thing of a better place to get out and stretch the legs!

Moeraki Boulders
Moeraki Boulders

Our stop in Dunedin had enough time for two activities.  First, our local host recommended the Tunnel Beach Trail (not to be confused with the Tunnel Tracks).  It is a bit off the beaten path, best to head towards Blackhead Road, park your car and follow signs to Tunnel Beach Road.  We followed handwritten directions from our host, but more information can be found here.

Tunnel Beach Tracks
Tunnel Beach Tracks

Local legend says that a wealthy Kiwi built this tunnel down to the beach so that his young, pretty daughters could get to the water without any creepy guys seeing them.

Tunnel to Beach
Tunnel to Beach

Regardless if it is true or not, it’s a great way to get down to the water!

 

Dunedin lays claim to being the home of the world’s smallest penguin, the Little Blue Penguin.  Known locally as Korora, the best place to see these little guys is at the Royal Albatross Centre at Pukekura.

Blue Penguins at Pukekura
Blue Penguins at Pukekura

It is a long, windy drive that takes about 45 minutes from the city centre.  But, you do get to see these fellas.

Blue Penguin
Blue Penguin

My trip to Otago was part of my larger trip to New Zealand.  See the rest of the trip here:

The Banks Peninsula

Mount Cook

Kaka Point

Queenstown & Milford Sound