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So the Speights Brewery Tour was actually quite good and very interesting. It included the settlement of Dunedin and the tour guide was a very good storyteller. He looked alot like John Hudson, Julie's dad, so was instantly very likeable with a sharp wit. We finished with beer tastings and strangely enough the correct way to taste beer is exactly the same as wine! And yes apparently you should drink beer at room temperature. Rob had my share of the beer tastings so clearly I needed to even things out. We had noticed an Italian restaurant near the hotel and I was hopefu that they may have Aperol Spritz on the drink list. We very nearly didn't go in as Rob noticed that the pizzas included in the gourmet section were either chicken or vegetarian which was almost a deal breaker. I know we have got to a stage in our lives now where we don't waste time on the pizzas listed under traditional on the menu we go straight to gourmet but if they hsve Aperol its the price Rob will have to pay.
So yes we had dinner at Zucchini Bros (for some reason name reminded me of a circus?) which got off on the wrong foot when I orderd my Aperol Spritz and the waiter said "how do you spell that?" Oh dear....chances are if the staff don't know how to spell it they probably don't how to make it. It was drinkable but disappointing. However to be fair they probably use the correct ratio of Aperol, Prosecco and Soda which I think I may have altered over time.
This morning we wandered around Dunedin's city centre, Rob finally got a haircut AND a shave which took an hour out of valuable shopping time at a barber called "Bloke - Where Men Come First." Fairy disrespectful as today marked the 125th Anniversary of women getting the vote in NZ. it was the first country in the world to allow women to vote! I did not know that, good job Kiwis, see Milt I can acknowledge when NZ beats Australia at something.
Time to hit the road and head back to Queenstown. Let me just say I am really annoyed we didn't bring at least some of Rob's camera equipment this trip. We all use our phones for photos now but there are times when you need a real camera with extra zoom, wide angle lens etc etc. All of which we have at home. So many times today I went to take a photo and just gave up because there was no way it was going to do it justice. This whole trip has been like living in a series of postcards just when you think you have seen the most wonderful thing you see another and another....Today the drive across through Central Otago offered so many different versions of the NZ landscape you were constantly in awe. We had perfect blue skies so the rivers and lakes were showing off their most magnificent shades of blue and green. All the sheep and lambs were back on their green carpet but this time the steepness of the hills made me worry about how those poor wee lambs manage not to fall down. We drove through the old gold mining districts, the fruit growing areas full of blossom trees, more vineyards and once again the snow capped Southern Alps with even more snow than before.
Such beautful towns, we stopped in Roxburgh to try Jimmy's Pies which is all we could see on google when checking the road conditions. Nobody cares about road safety they all just want to go on and on about trying these pies. So we did and they were excellent. While eating our pies all the children were coming out of school (yes it was a very late lunch) and I noticed that children who were walking home alone were wearing visibility vests. Isn't that a great idea?! Then there was Cromwell, it looks like something out of a story book, too perfect to be real. I know the photos will be rubbish but I got to enjoy it firsthand.
Even though it is less than 300kms from Dunedin to Queenstown it took nearly 5 hours with just a few quick stops. The massive gorge was breathtaking as were the steep, windy roads it just took your breath away for different reasons. Nearly all of NZ roads are windy with lots of ups and downs so when you see the signs that indicate "windy road" you know that they mean SLOW DOWN NOW!

Posted by Darlene Elder 03:07 Archived in New Zealand

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