After our rest day in Invercargill, Peggy and I head to Dunedin by bus, arriving at lunch time at our cool Hogwartz hostel.
After a coffee we go explore the town, following the Street Art Trail. Dunedin has such a variety of buildings just next to each other and the atmosphere can change within a few hundred metres. There are plenty of nice cafes, shops and restaurants and the Street Art is interesting and sometimes beautiful.
At the iSite we were advised that a ship from the Sea Shepherds is in harbour just for the weekend, offering a visit. Sea Shepherd is an NGO fighting to protect marine wildlife and although we had to wait 90 minutes for the tour, it was interesting and touching to learn about their activities and discover the rather old boat. I wouldn’t quite feel safe at sea in Antarctica on it though!
In the evening we have a wonderful chat and for me a goodbye wine with Jan and Jasmin, the German couple we met on the last days of the TA.
Early next morning it’s time to say goodbye to Peggy. After so many weeks with her, this marks the real end of my New Zealand adventure and feels quite hard. She still has 2 weeks to discover the rest of New Zealand, especially the North Island. As for me, I am sitting for 6h in the Intercity Bus to Christchurch, driving close by familiar towns like Methven and thinking of the trail…
Christchurch is a mix in between traumatisation by the earthquake and a great example of temporary solutions and strength. Everywhere construction sites, road closures, destroyed buildings. But in between, street art, colourful containers with temporary shops (“re:start”) and to me it feels like this town is keeping it’s chin up! The colours are striking even on this rainy day.
I am back early in the hostel, feeling very tired. Must be the lack of hiking 😉
Tomorrow I am off to Auckland by plane, staying for 2 nights with friends of my mother before taking my plane to Buenos Aires on Wednesday. I’ll be back with my blog from Buenos Aires!
“Don’t worry about a thing, Cause every little thing gonna be alright.”