Our South Island Adventure Day One

Christchurch to Dunedin to Moeraki

DH and I are off on an adventure down south. I was going to call it our Southland Adventure, but technically we will not spend all our time in Southland, so South Island Adventure it is. Son#4, who will be holding the fort in our absence, kindly drove us to the airport. He didn’t hang around, which was probably a good thing, as our flight was delayed. We took off into cloud and I sat back and tried to relax despite being a poor flyer.

Midway through the flight I glanced out the window and was rewarded with a view of the top of the South Island. For the remaining journey we would pull out our camera to take photos, only to have the whole area suddenly become engulfed in cloud. However we managed a few shots …

After landing in Dunedin, our next destination was Moeraki where our kind host suggested we go out to the lighthouse forthwith and view the penguins.

Which we did. And were rewarded as a consequence.

As well as seeing Yellow-Eyed Penguins (for the first time in the wild), we also got up close to New Zealand fur seals (not for the first time but exciting nonetheless).

The endangered wildlife sanctuary was overrun with rabbits. Everywhere we looked we saw a dozen or more, cheekily slipping through the fences, happily munching away in the grass, paying no attention whatsoever to human visitors. These are the least endangered animal in New Zealand. They might look cute (especially to non-Australians and non-New Zealanders) but they are a real pest. And they did their best to get in every photo we took!

But Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me: my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Psalm 3:3 (KJV)