New Zealand Day Thirteen: Sunrise At Signal Hill And A Pleasant Walk Back To Dunedin
It was my last day on the South Island. I wanted to watch the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean at least once on my trip. The tour guides and Google advised that Signal Hill was the best place to watch the sunrise in Dunedin. So I was up early and called a taxi to drive me the five miles to the top of Signal Hill.
The drive was quicker than I anticipated. I had about 1/2 hour until sunrise. Of course, this was fine with me as it gave me a chance to explore the grounds and monument atop Signal Hill. It consists of two bronze statues, one representing ‘history’ and the other the ‘thread of life’.
As the sky lightened with the approaching sunrise I was joined by a student from the University of Otago. He had run up the mountain to watch the sunrise too. I learned he was an exchange student from California and we had a pleasant conversation about, life, travel and the state of our small planet.
There were some clouds obstructing the rising sun. And the sun rose on the southeast over the Otago Peninsula and not the Pacific Ocean. It was still a beautiful sight. Sunrises always are. I stood and watched its early rays shine on the awakening city below.
After about ten minutes I began the five-mile hike back to my hotel. I followed the road we drove up on. It was wooded for about the first half mile. I was the only one walking or driving on it. It was peaceful as I listened to the songs of the birds.
They were secretive, fluttering about in the thick under brush. I was able to photograph this one, I think it’s a redpoll but I’m not certain. I was wrong about the birds in my blog yesterday. They were juvenile seagulls, not skuas or petrels.
One of the busiest trails followed a stream leaving the park and I followed it down to the Otago University Campus I visited the day before. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk through the gardens New Zealand Day Thirteen Dunedin Botanical Gardens. February 18 2019.
I walked through the campus again. The parents were now gone and it looked like it was the first day of class. I again walked by the many beautiful classroom and administration buildings on the campus.
I was late morning when I arrived at my hotel. I enjoyed a very large, and delicious breakfast. Once again I only had time for a quick shower and a short rest. My next tour was a noon. I was going to try find a yellow-eyed penguin! Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike from Signal Hill. New Zealand Day Thirteen Signal Hill hike February 18 2019.
“God made a beauteous garden
With lovely flowers strown,
But one straight, narrow pathway
That was not overgrown.
And to this beauteous garden
He brought mankind to live,
And said “To you, my children,
These lovely flowers I give.
Prune ye my vines and fig trees,
With care my flowers tend,
But keep the pathway open
Your home is at the end.”