November 28th, 2009 – by: alexchan
Dunedin Railway station is famous for its Victorian architecture. Not quite evident here.
In the morning we wandered around admiring Dunedinâ€™s beautiful old buildings including the railway station. We broke for a snack at the markets near the station which sold many home-made goodies, savoury and sweet.
In the afternoon (yes, a strange time to start), we were picked up to go to the Royal Albatross Colony â€¦ itâ€™s called that because the birds are Royal Albatrosses â€¦ and not because the Colony is under the patronage of some Royalty.
The colony is located on Otago Peninsula not too far from Dunedin. Silly me â€¦ I expected these lots and lots of these birds perched on the hillslopes, with wingspans averaging 3 metres. Like a big-bird version of the gannet colony on Aucklandâ€™s west coast. Err â€¦ hello, theyâ€™re an endangered species â€¦ so the reality was that we huddled into an observatory to get glimpses of them in the long grass.
The peninsula is also home to other creatures and we made various stops (by van and then trotting uphill and downhill) to spot them as well â€¦ birds of various kinds, penguins, sea lions and seals. To be honest, the wildlife wasnâ€™t as plentiful or visible as Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia.
We finished after 9pm back in Dunedin after a cold, tiring but worthwhile excursion.