So this morning we headed off to Dunelin to see the steepest street in the World. Officially placed in the Guinness book of records it beats the one in San Fransisco.
We also booked the Pacific Coast Train, Taieri Gorge Railway for tomorrow morning. Grabbed the last two spaces available for the 9.30am.
With time to kill before going on our wildlife tour at 4 pm we looked around the Chinese Garden. In our opinion, the one in Sydney was far superior but it killed an hour plus there was hardly anyone around. In fact, we noticed how dead the city was considering it was a Monday. Then we found out that the day was Waitangi Day when the treaty was signed by some Māori chiefs and representatives of the British Crown giving the Māori people the same rights as the British and it also recognised Māori ownership of their lands. It established a British Governor of New Zealand.
At 4pm we were picked up at Portabello outside the village store. The weather had deteriorated considerably and wet weather gear was needed. First stop was around a lake to see what birds were around. Everything from black swans, to spoonbills. Even with the coach's misted windows I was able to get some photos.
|And even a Kingfisher|
After a brilliant hour of watching these majestic birds, it was off to a private beach to view the fur seals and Sea Lions. To say the terrain was difficult was an understatement. Very steep hills, many steps and avoiding the juvenile bull Sea Lions all a bit challenging and what with that wind and rain....
|One of the chicks.|