We left Queenstown in the early morning and made our way by auto to the tiny hamlet of Broad Bay, just outside of Dunedin. We took a delightful historic cottage via Air B&B1. Our hosts, Mary and Rick were delightful folks, helpful and charming, kind and respectful of our privacy, we could not have asked for more. Waking up to a front room that is mostly windows with ocean and mountain views was awesome.
We did some local exploring by foot to visit the Broad Bay area. The bay itself hosts some large cruise ships and freighters at the Dunedin docks across the bay, but on this side it is peaceful and calm. It is full Spring during our visit and everything is in bloom. Everywhere you look there are delightful flowers and shrubs I do not know the names of, even the noxious weeds are beautiful this time of year.2
The cottage kitchen window looks out into the backyard where flax flowers and many other lovelies grow. My morning cooking was accompanied by birds coming and going and most notably the New Zealand Tui bird feasting on the nectar from the flax flowers. It was a remarkable sight.
Our daily walks revealed the fabulous eco diversity that is New Zealand. From beaches and ocean bays with tiny islets, to pastoral hills with ancient knobby cedars. Farther into the little towns we find, once again, that delightful Kiwi sense of humor in the “Little Free Library” these little roadside boxes filled with used books have been one of the true delights of our journeys, we have found examples of them in many countries. We also found an eclectic solution to raised bed gardening.
There’s lots to see in the area and I’ll explore those in future posts.
Til next time ~Peace ~JPP
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1we used Air B&B quite a lot and have been pleased without experience. Please do, however, make your own decisions regarding on-line bookings in foreign lands. Air B&B can be found here https://www.airbnb.com/
2See photo Broadbay 4 for a look at wild eggplant, a noxious weed