Update #3 June 17, 2009
Yesterday we made a dangerous journey from Queenstown to Dunedin via bus. It was snowing and was very hard to make our way through the mountains. We had at least an hour delay as we had to wait for a truck ahead of us to get pulled out of the ditch and out of our way.
When we finally arrived to Dunedin we talked to some natives and told them that we had just come on a bus from Queenstown. They said that it was amazing we had made it at all and that they couldn't believe we had made it through safetly. We then proceeded to walk through the snow to the Cadbury chocoalte factory for our booked tour. When we got there they said that the tour had been canceled because of the snow and we rescheduled for the next morning. In fact, everything in town seemed to bne closing due to workers not being able to make it to their place of employment.
Ancticpating that all restaurants would be closed down we headed to a grocery store and prepared to make ourselves spaghetti for dinner using the hostel kitchen. It was a pretty calm night and we went to bed early after watching a movie.
Today we were able to take our Cadbury Factory tour. We were given a lot of chocolate which we were all very thankful for and even saw a chocolate waterfall! This apparently is just for fun and doesn't actually have any practical purpose.
After this we rushed to the bus stop for our nature tour. The first stop we made on this was Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world! We slowly made our way to the top and took many pictures of the spectacular view. Next we briefly visited the Dunedin Train Station which is no longer in use and then headed on over to Lanarch Castle. Lanarch Castle isn't in fact a real castle, just a very large house that was built by a New Zealander who considered himself a high-statused English gentlemen, even though he had only been to England about 3 times in this entire life. He built his house and labled it a castle to make everyone aware of his social status.
The last stop of the day was the penguin reserve. Here we saw the very rare Yellow Eyed and Little Blue penguins. The workers there were very involved and interested in the penguin's personal lives and told interesting stories of how Jess was going on her third mate in the last two years and how Dave is "totally desperate" and keeps trying to hook up with her but she is way into Nick so she won't even give Dave the time of day. We all enjoyed thought these stories were very amusing.
Now we are back at the hostel and are going to go to bed soon after our exhausting day.
Hope everything is well in Tomahawk,