Yellow Eyed Penguin
Our journey continued to Dunedin. The student city of NZ. When we reached the city they were having some kind of gathering around the center. What exactly it was, I couldn’t recall. Stopped by the Tourist Information Center and was recommended to visit the Otago Peninsular. We went to Al Huda Mosque for Jamak prayer and bought some Halal meat. I personally requested for beef as I don’t eat lamb/mutton but they secretly bought the latter one. They cooked a special meat dishes that night, thinking that I might devour it blindly. They were wrong as I spit it out immediately.
At the mosque we met 2 Malaysian students and some Tabligh members all the way from Pakistan.
We had a friendly chat and later continue our journey to Otago Peninsular.
The journey along the coast was picturesque and beautiful. Today we came in close contact with the Yellow Eyed penguin. Cute little creatures that live in the peninsular. The caretaker showed us film about this cute animal, how the Conservation Center was formed and its history , before getting on a coach to a secluded area. We had to wear green overcoat (raincoat actually) as camouflage in order not to distract the animal. The have constructed series of tunnel with the top portion of the tunnel jutting out about 1m from the ground and covered with soil and growing grass. Viewing access is provided all along the strategic location. We waited and minutes later we saw tiny little penguin hopping its way from the sea shore to their nest. So cute, interesting and funny. We praised the center for their good job coordinating the center without destroying the natural habitat of this wonderful creature. Later we drove to the tip of the Peninsular, it is the breeding place for the Royal Albatross bird. Another spectacular view of the cliff and the mighty ocean. It was very windy and cold. Saadan preferred to stay in the car and he missed such a delightful sight. We stayed 1 night in Dunedin at Aberdeen Motel.