When I'd come to Dunedin, I'd turned off SH1 at Palmerston and gone inland. Friends had told me to make sure I did the coastal route north of Dunedin so I set off to do that today. First I drove north on SH1 until I reached Waikouaiti, where the early colonial settlement was clear in many buildings. It was set in the midst of the hilly Otago countryside I'd come to know in this region.
The beach was beautiful, and the camping ground only a short walk away from it.
I was especially intrigued by the church of St John, built in 1858 and said to be the oldest church still in use in Otago/Southland. The cemetery looked to be a peaceful resting place.
South of Waikouaiti it was soon time to turn off the main road to take the scenic road towards Karitane. And that had a beautiful little 'harbour' area too - very peaceful.
The road then climbed up to Puketeraki Lookout, and my goodness, the view was just spectacular. In one direction you looked back over Waikouaiti and Karitane bays, and a small peninsula. In the other direction you looked back to Dunedin, and Taiaroa Head where the albatrosses roost.
Down the hill there were some lovely views over farmland.
It was a very quick journey back to Dunedin, and I spied a wifi box en route for posting yesterday's blog posts. Across the road from it were more early houses, in good repair. I guess that these days they may well house students.