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Up and Over

Sometimes when you travel it’s often the little rather than the big places that leave a mark in your memory. 
The first port of call on our New Zealand cruise last year
was Oban on Stewart Island right at the tip of the South Island. 
 Tiny little island – tiny little ‘town’ and set on a beautiful bay – Halfmoon Bay.
This is a view of part of the town from the wharf
Being just a little spot on the map with no huge great port
And with cruise ships being so big
it meant the ship had to moor away from the island

And visitng guests had to be tendered from ship to shore
On the other side of the hill in town is Golden Bay
where the ship’s tenders dropped us at a really tiny wooden wharf
We were told the ‘town’ was just a short walk up and over the hill
what they didn’t say was it was about a 1:4 gradient
– well thats what it felt like lol –
up and over the hill to the other side!!
Being there at low tide
meant we could see all the weird and wonderful things
that end up in and around the wharf over the course of time
Plus some wonderful reflections
Oban New Zealand November 2011
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19 thoughts on “Up and Over”

  1. I've actually been looking at that cruise in the future. I haven't had a 'real' holiday in over twenty years and I think I deserve one. Have you got any more pictures please?Susan

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  2. Wow that's a beautiful cruise and tour. And those islands look so peaceful and lovely. I laughed when you described the walk to the other side, which they say is just a short walk! We have a similar joke here too, when someone asks where an area is, someone will just point a finger saying "it is just there". But the "just there" takes a very long time to reach because you have to traverse hills and valleys. LOL.

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  3. A delightful collection of shots Cathy – I'm almost breathless at the thought of that hill climb (which is an embarrassing reflection of my state of fitness!!). Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I'll be back!

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