New Zealand February 1999  
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 Oamaru 03 March
 
There is not much to see between Omarama and Oamaru except from Lake Benmore, Lake Aviemore, Lake Waitaki - where we went to the lake shore to have a closer look at the amazing blue colored water and the Elephant Rocks (Takiroa Maori Rock Art) near Duntroon in the Waitaki Valley.
We stopped to have a look but it was already closed, so we could just have a look from the outside. In the evening we arrived in Oamaru. We had a problem because "Swaggers Backpackers" was the only backpacker which did not accept credit cards and our cash was nearly gone. We only had German Marks and US$ left, and the banks were all closed, but the owners accepted to take US$ instead of NZ$.
After dinner we headed out to the Blue Penguin Colony. The penguins were supposed to come ashore at 9pm but we arrived at the colony a quarter past eight. Half-past 8 we saw the first penguin coming ashore but there was just one which came that early. Most of the penguins came ashore after 9pm, some didn't came before dark. It was very nice to see and hear(!) the Blue Penguins. Most of them came in groups of 4 or 5 and we watched them landing on the beach, climbing up the steep rocks and disappearing in the colony.
On the way back to the hostel we had to drive very carefully because some of the penguins were sitting at the car park and on the road.

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