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Saturday, March 25, 2000
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand:
Latitude: 45° 52' 46" South
Longitude: 170° 29' 43" East
Altitude: 335 feet
From Seattle: 8689 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Chalet Backpackers

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Today's Travel:
Country: New Zealand
Region: South Island
Route: Tour Bus: Dunedin - Penguin Reserve - Dunedin
Start: Dunedin, New Zealand
Stop 1. Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin
End:Dunedin, New Zealand
Linear:26 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Penguin coming out of the ocean Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Penguin coming out of the ocean Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Penguin coming out of the ocean Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Penguin coming out of the ocean Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

New Zealand Fur Seal Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Yellow Eyed Penguin Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Yellow Eyed Penguin Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Yellow Eyed Penguin Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Yellow Eyed Penguin Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Yellow Eyed Penguin Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Yellow Eyed Penguin Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Yellow Eyed Penguin Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Yellow Eyed Penguin Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Yellow Eyed Penguin Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Yellow Eyed Penguin Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

Yellow Eyed Penguin Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Dunedin, New Zealand

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1080
Linear Dist: 210231
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 257
More stats...
Hotels: 342
Friends / Family: 288
Camping: 121
Hostels: 245
Transit: 70
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3834
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Journal Entry:
In the morning I slept in (yea!) I tried to book a kayak again, but unfortunately it's fully booked through the weekend. I walked into the city center and walked around some more. I booked an evening tour of the Otago Peninsula and a tour of the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve since I couldn't get a kayak - at least I'll get to see the peninsula and the rare panguins.

The peninsula wasn't that exciting, but the penguin reserve was pretty good. A welcome improvement on the Phillip Island fairy penguin fiasco. We hiked along the bluffs overlooking the sea and watched the penguins come in. Then walked through a series of trenches that let you get within meters of the birds. They're really quite remarkable - the third largest penguin in the world with a bright yellow stripe around their heads - their behavior is also quite personable, it's easy to imagine you know what they're thinking.

Went out for a bite and a beer and met up with a group of student teachers that were also on the penguin tour (from Detroit). I went out with them and went to a few bars before deciding to head home. Much to my unhappy surprise when I went to set the alarm for my early morning bus I found it was four AM!


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Dunedin
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: New Zealand
CIA World Fact Book: New Zealand

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