Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Oamaru and Moeraki Rocks

This morning our three vehicles were the first ones to leave camp and headed towards Oamaru to empty and fill up all tanks before spending several hours in this victorian town. There were beautiful old buildings made of Oamaru stone everywhere.

IMG_5983Oamaru stone buildings.IMG_5971A lot of the shop workers can be found walking around in period dress.IMG_5981

IMG_5972Steam PunkIMG_5974Old Harbourside Railway Station now used by a preservation group.IMG_5982This bakery still in existence selling some lovely delicious Goodies.IMG_5979You can just make out Lanes Emulsion which we remember from our younger days.

By then it was time to get on the road again as we all wanted to call in and see the Moeraki Boulders which are also part of the vanished world we visited yesterday. Concretions formed over 60 million years ago from the bottom of the sea.

IMG_5987Best seen at low tide, not close to high tide as we were today.IMG_5992Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe beach on the east coast of the South Island.

After a  walk along the beach to get close to them it was time to head south to Palmerston for one night before heading for Dunedin tomorrow.

IMG_5993Our unusual overnight stop in Palmerston.

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