Day 86. The Otago peninsula
Oamaru is apparently the capital of Steampunk. It's also a completely bonkers town! We had fun exploring it though! 😂 #whatissteampunk
From here we also stopped at the fascinating Moeraki boulders. These are rocks formed in the sea, starting simply as grains of sand and ultimately forming these massive bolders. #stillnotsure#dontask
Our days journey brought us to Dunedin where most of the group headed straight out on a wildlife cruise along the Otago peninsula. We learned about the Yellow-Eyed Penguins, who can only be found in New Zealand and it's neighbouring islands. Numbers are becoming increasingly scarce and they are extremely endangered. They have a hospital where they care for sick and injured penguins. We then went out to search for them in the wild and were lucky to find one under a bush...and some New Zealand fur seals! 🐧🐧🐧 This was followed by a fabulous wildlife boat cruise. We saw several Northern Royal Albatross which were fabulous - and massive! They have a 3m wingspan!! Plus several other sea birds including Royal Spoonbill, little blue penguins, and spotted shags. Photos to follow! 😉
From yesterday's hike around lake manapouri, its not quite annapurna but MAN it's POURity sweet.
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Consuming Consciously is something I have always tried to do, knowing my buying habits ultimately reflect what I stand for. I don't buy meat, because I don't support industrial farming. I don't buy cheap clothing, because I don't support fast fashion. 💕
So it's been refreshing to see that people en mass are supporting the #NoBuy movement. Committing to not buying any new clothes, skin care or make up. This is a fantastic start, but in reflection something I have been doing for a while now anyway. 🙌
As a delayed resolution (I've been busy building a tiny house in fairness) I'm going to #consumelessdays. Pledging to consume as little as possible for 24 hours... From convenience food, to new "things", mindfully using transport, to even the amount of digital media I consume. Yesterday was a great example, I car-pooled to work, had left-overs for lunch, didn't go out to buy extra food & drink in the day and other then at work, spent little time starting at screens/ absorbing digital media. 🌻 I'll write a blog post about my thoughts soon 🌿
Who else is out there in an Epic Camper at the moment? Please tag your pic! So we can share a bit of you road stories to!! And don’t forget to share your van name! Our van is named Squirrel Nutkin! How cute?!
Doing my best Maria from Sound of Music here… For about four to five weeks each year, fields of wild lupins bloom and light up the South Island of New Zealand. We were lucky enough to see them this year!
Halfway through our camper van travels. This country is SO BEAUTIFUL and we love the freedom of driving around New Zealand in our camper van. We have seen so many incredible places but more is still to come #vanlifeisthebesife@emmaridell@epiccampersnz