Dunnett and Daggs Amazing Adventures 2018 travel blog


We headed off to the Dunedin Cadbury Factory this morning in bitterly cold overcast weather. There was a sneaky cutting icy wind to add to the cold weather.

The chocolate factory was great. It actually closed production a few weeks ago but the tour must go on. We ventured halfway up the very high silo where they dropped a tonne of liquid chocolate. I learnt that the chocolate changes for each country .... there is more sugar in Indian chocolate, less cocoa butter in Australia than NZ due to the meltability factor.

there were plenty of samples to be had.... I handed on to Mitch ( Emily’s boyfriend) as I don’t eat any of the NZ chocolates - pineapple chunk things, fish chocolate etc....

From there we headed off to New Zealand’s only castle .... Larnach Castle. It was about 12 kms out of Dunedin on the Otago Peninsula. Once again some seriously beautiful countryside with the still water and stunning countryside running along our left and beautiful wild surf with rocky outcrops on our right.

The castle was the dream of William Larnach an Englishman who has come to Australia as a child - the son of a man in charge of convicts. He worked in the first bank in Ballarat and ended up as quite an entrepreneur in NZ. His son found the land where the castle now sits by accident . Larnach saw the potential and purchased the land with the dream of building a better castle than his uncles castle in England. Stunning gardens and views.....

Lunch was very scrumptious and served in the original ballroom with several fireplaces blazing invitingly!

After lunch we set off for Invercargill via Gore. It was only a three drive filled with farms of cattle and sheep. It is just so green and lush .... very different to most of Australia. We had a quick side trip into Gore where we did a drive by on 8 Willis Street. While in Rotorua we grabbed a countdown card which gives us savings on petrol- not unlike our Woolworths rewards card. To activate this card we needed a NZ address . Karen found this address and used it. Sometime very soon (if not already) this house will be receiving. Ali for Karen. Hee hee!

Tonight we caught a courtesy bus to a local pub for dinner and found ourselves in the middle of a fundraiser . They have a pub game over here called Jingo which is bingo played with song titles. Mitch, Tracey & Emily managed to win. We swapped our prize - a voucher to the Transport. Museum for a pair of Highlander shorts.....

Tomorrow we head for Te Arnau hopefully without the predicted snow.



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