Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Largest birds and steepest streets

Watching the kings of the sky

Heading off the highway just before Dunedin, we wound our way along the countless little bays of the Otago Peninsula. It is a nice road to get a good look at the city over the harbour, surrounded by soft hills to either side. At the end of the peninsula, New Zealand's wildlife offers a good evening's entertainment – unfortunately it's the humans who charge you for seeing it. The Royal Albatross centre, the Penguin colony and most of the viewing possibilities nearby cost entry, and are not very cheap. Though, if you are lucky, you can get a good close up look at the winged giants from a viewing platform next to the carpark. It was quite fascinating to watch them hovering through the air, soaring high without the faintest move, only lifted by the wind in their huge wings. They made the little seagulls around them seem really pathetic with their constant fluttering.

The world's steepest street

Dunedin was a short stop for us, as cities usually are for us, but we had quite some fun climbing Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. It has a gradient of 19°. Tourists flood the place and we fit ourselves in for once by taking some silly pictures.

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