Though we loved living the vineyard life in Alexandra, we had to move on. There was too much left to see in the rest of NZ's south island to stay at Grey Ridge any longer. So we packed up and headed east, towards the coast and Dunedin.
Before stopping into the city, we hit up the Moeraki Boulders and the Otago Peninsula. The boulders are a strange set of large, round rocks half buried right on the beach, great for a quick photo op, but only at low tide. Meanwhile, the Otago Peninsula to the east of Dunedin is a rugged, wind-swept coastline full of beautiful scenery. It is also home to colonies of sea lions and the rare yellow-eyed penguin, both of which we were lucky enough to see.
When we finally got to Dunedin, we were happy to see what a fun university town it is, full of students (of course), plus the hip bars and restaurants, museums and galleries that you expect from an American university town. We both really enjoyed the Art Gallery and the Otago Museum, as well as the multiple strolls we took around town, taking in the city's cool vibe and copious large scale murals.
Next up is a four-day hike along the world-class Milford Track. We are very excited about this and will have lots to report on, and scores of photos to share! Check back soon for our last entry from New Zealand's South Island.