A quick update with another to come soon!
We’re watching the leaves change for the second time in about seven months. It’s another benefit of moving (or ‘shifting’ as they say here) to the southern hemisphere for we two fall-lovers. The change of weather has definitely brought cooler temperatures and some much needed rain for the region.
We’ve been out and around a bit the last couple weeks, slowly exploring the area. Here are a few pics to enjoy.
About a 20 minute drive from our house will bring you to a place called Aramoana. It’s a natural preserve area that boasts camping (or, ‘tramping’ as they call it), beautiful beaches, vistas, and wildlife sightings. At the right time of day you can see penguins here, but we haven’t seen them…yet!
Cruise ships and freighters wrap around the peninsula to dock at Port Chalmers, which is the closest town to where we live (see below).
As I mentioned above, the closest nearby town is called Port Chalmers. It’s a quaint little town that controls the major port of the region. We’re told that not all that long ago Port Chalmers had a bad reputation as a town catering to the, well, various “needs” of sailors. Today, however, it’s a great little town with a library, post office, cafes, grocery store, and the like. We run into PC a couple times a week.
Here are a couple more pics from the area.
We’ve spent the last few months settling into routines, exploring things nearby, and most of all just enjoying feeling at home, but we’ve recently felt the itch to explore a little further. So we’re going away this weekend for our first trip outside of Dunedin. We’re going to explore a bit of central Otago, where a fair bit of filming was done for Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. If you want a visual, we’ll be heading out from Dunedin west and staying in a small town called Cromwell (which is in Pinot Noir country) and taking day trips to visit Queenstown, Arrowtown, and Wanaka. We’ll give an update with pictures upon our return!