3 November 2011

New Zealand: Hanmer Springs

The next stop on our trip was back in the middle of nowhere.  However, the idyllic scenery of the spa town of Hanmer Springs completely made up for the fact that there was nothing to do.  For the two days we were there we wandered around the forests, climbed hills and generally soaked up the tranquility of it all.

2 November 2011

New Zealand: Dunedin

We finally escaped the clutches of Invercargill and were overjoyed to discover that our next stop was back in civilisation.  Dunedin is the second largest city on the South Island of New Zealand and during its construction builders were instructed to emulate the characteristics of Edinburgh, which was a nice welcome for us Scottish fans.  Edinburgh’s street names could be spotted as you wandered through the city and there was even a statue of Robert Burns in the main octagon.  We found some really beautiful architecture during our stay, the railway station being a definite stand-out example.