02.05.2013 - 03.05.2013 15 °C
We arrived in Dunedin in the early afternoon, just before lunch time. First impression where pleasant, and the weather had improved somewhat so was only spitting. Our first problem was a parking space.... The centre was small and spaces were clearly fought over. So we head to the nearby multi-storey. It was one in and one out but thankfully the que was small, so we waited for the 3 cars. The clearance was 2m, which in the van we thought was risky, but worth a try.
This risky strategy came undone 15mins later with a large que behind us. A we went to drive in an enormous alarm went off, making all the pedestrians and other bored drivers looking round at the silly campervan people. Furthermore made worse by us having to reverse out as there was no way we would clear 2m. Meaning about 7 cars had to shift and snake their way backwards. The car behind got rather annoyed at the process and reversed, then drove off at high speeds. All very exciting.
We drove up the street nearby which was nearly a 45degree angle and managed to find somewhere to park. The spaces were horizontal against the gradient. This meant a rather uncomfortable sideway slant on the van, at first I genuinely thought it might roll over.
After that we went and got lunch in a local cafe attached to a art gallery, enjoying very fine soup in the cold weather. Afterwards we toured Dunedin, taking in the site and sounds, of this city. Which was original founded by the nephew of Robert bruns the Scottish poet. There are Scottish influence shops everywhere. We also had a look at the all black tshirts, an iconic souvenir. The cost of $220 per shirt forced us to reconsider the necessity of having this particular souvenir.
We also checked out some clothes shops to improve our totally inadequate inter wardrobe, as we had been freezing bit by bit for the last week. We could get reasonably cheap down jackets, which everyone is wearing, so we went away to think about it, having a million and one coats at home already.
Finally after many hours enjoying the city centre we headed to the campsite, a very expensive one, it turned out, so we booked for one night and vowed to find a different one in the morning.