Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A/NZ - Dunedin, New Zealand - Day 23

We actually docked in Port Chalmers this morning and will take a bus to tour Dunedin. The morning clouds drifted over the hillsides in Port Chalmers.

Logging is a major industry in New Zealand as well as Tasmania. Logs are trucked from the forests to the mill where they are cut into dimensioned lumber and chipped. There is a reforestation program that ensures that the trees are replenished for future generations. We saw the results all over the place as we toured in the bus. It works.

Here, the chips are stacked and ready to be loaded on a ship. Most of the chips go to Japan where they are converted into chip board for construction.

Port Chalmers, New Zealand.

Logging truck. There was a never ending stream of them coming to the mill.

Wood chips from the mill being unloaded at the dock.

The world's steepest street in Dunedin.

Olveston House in Dunedin. No photos were allowed in the house, but it was impressive to tour. If you are curious about the house and the family, the webs site to visit is http://www.olveston.co.nz/home

They have a pretty little flower garden.

A panoramic view of Dunedin from a high spot in a city park.

One of the municipal buildings in downtown Dunedin. I believe that this is the police station.

I always liked the Cadbury chocolate filled eggs at Easter. This is one of their factories. The company was originally British, but I discovered that they are now owed by Kraft Foods.

Inside the old train station.

An exterior photo of the train station.

If the old buildings could talk, imagine the tales they could tell.

We ate a very nice lunch in this restaurant.

Another passenger ship in town.

Beautiful colors.

Cargo container ships are the way things get shipped all over the world. Large cranes load and unload the containers from the deck of the ship.

Containers are brought to the ship by special long legged mobile cranes. The same cranes can stack the containers on the dock (up to four high) for future loading onto trains or over the road trucks.

Just can't get enough of the scenery.

If you enlarge this photo, you will see sheep grazing on the slopes.

Cruise ships are a big deal in this little town. Dozens of people turned out to wave good bye to us as we left. Note the antique car along the road.

More good byes.

Hard to see without enlarging, but there are a couple of people on the beach watching us leave the harbor.

The pilot boat getting ready to pull along side to retrieve the port pilot from our ship.


  1. Thank you sir. I assume you saw your dingo.

  2. I am about to travel over there to study 2 years at otago. I am a bit scared because I am travelling all the way from around the world: Spain. I have seen some videos of violence at dunedin and groups of houses on the outskirts that look like shanty towns... How are the people over there?

  3. BTW... Beautiful pictures.

  4. We found everyone to be very friendly when we were there. I am sure that there is some level of crime in the city, but in the time that we were there, we saw no indication of violence or unsafe conditions. The cruise line did not give us any special warnings about safety as we walked around the city. Good luck with your studies. I think you will enjoy your stay in NZ. We certainly did.