Arrival of Autumn

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.

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We’ve been out and around a bit the last couple weeks, slowly exploring the area. Here are a few pics to enjoy.

IMG_0866 IMG_0854  This beach is about a 20 minute walk from our house (notice the roots of the tree).

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!

IMG_0935 The peninsula.

IMG_0952 Cruise ships and freighters wrap around the peninsula to dock at Port Chalmers, which is the closest town to where we live (see below).

IMG_0983 We made a new friend on our walk.  Actually, we were walking back minding our own business and he yawned/roared and scared us. We wouldn’t have known he was there or seen him otherwise.

IMG_1005 (See the sea lion?)

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.

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Here are a couple more pics from the area.

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IMG_1028 As you can see, there’s beauty everywhere.

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!

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3 Responses to Arrival of Autumn

  1. Jeanne says:

    Enjoy your time away – don’t know how it could get any better than the area you are living in! I still love the sheep on the hillside the best – must tell you about the sheep/goats I encountered next door to our camp-house in Austria. This ex-farm girl was in seven heaven!

  2. Kara says:

    Love all the pictures! Can’t wait to see more from your trip. 🙂

  3. lukehoselton says:

    Thanks for your comments! We saw this weekend that it does get even better…we’ll have some pics up in the next day or two.

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