Shortly after we left Dunedin the it started to rain.
The first stop was Shag Point-left is the Mermaid Pool.
It was half tide when we arrived at Moeraki Beach, so the water was coming in around the boulders.
|Some had even cracked open. They looked like giant geodes.|
Jim just dodged the waves as he took pictures.
There isn't alot to see between Moeraki and Christchurch, so we thought we would push through all the way to Christchurch. However, as we drove through Oamaru it looked like a nice little town, driving in the rain was getting old, so we stopped. They have yellow-eyed penguins which were free to see, and blue penguins which cost $25 each to see. We decided to go out and see the yellow-eyed ones. There is an observation deck about 100 feet above the beach.
When we arrived we saw the "sentinal" standing watch about 20 feet from the deck--how he got up that high from the beach is unbelievable.
One pair obliged us by coming in on the waves, hopping up onto the beach, and waddling into the bushes where their nest is. Occasionally you could see them hopping out of the bushes as they worked their way up the hill.
Dinner at a Japanese restaurant ended another nice day. Tomorrow we head to Christchurch, and weather will decide if we stop anywhere along the way.