The final city that we visited in New Zealand was Dunedin, a small city with strong Scottish influence on the southern coast. It’s a university town with lots of small shops and charming breakfast nooks. Unfortunately, since we were there on the first and second of January, almost everything was closed – even Starbucks! It was raining, too, but we still enjoyed walking around the city a bit and admiring their interesting architecture.
My highlights, though, were on the way in and out of the city. On the way in, we stopped for fresh raspberries and walnuts at a roadside stand, and were helped by the most precious older man. I liked him instantly, and especially appreciated his fresh berries (something we can’t really get in Indonesia)! He then gifted us free peaches, and I liked him even more!
On the way out of town, we stopped to see the Moeraki Boulders. These boulders were basically built like pearls, with layer after layer of lime forming around pebbles, shells, and mud. Some of them split open and filled by yellow crystals. More recently, erosion freed these boulders from the cliffs in which they were trapped.
The more interesting understanding of how these mysterious spheres appeared, though, comes from Maori tradition. It is said that a giant canoe was making its way across the ocean, but became waterlogged and did not reach its destination. Nearby, a cliff wall and prominent rock are said to be the vessel and its captain. These rocks are said to be the cargo from the wreck, namely gourds for holding water and a potato-like food called kumara. This was definitely my favored explanation! 🙂