Thursday, 20 December 2012
20.12.2012 - 20.12.2012
Started the day with a few laps of Deck 7 as we approached Port Chalmers. The Pilot boarded at about 0630 and we proceeded into the Port. The ship performed a 180° pirouette before berthing at the wood-chip wharf. We joined a significant crowd at the buffet for breakfast and were ready to go ashore just after 0900.
A short walk down the wharf to where the shuttle bus tickets were being sold. NZD15 each for the round-trip journey to Dunedin's Octagon. Our first priority was to convert some of our AUD to NZD - AU$200 converted to NZ$240. Common items in NZ cost no more than they do in Oz so we have a 20% advantage, not bad for someone like me who loves a discount.
Wandered through the main street and and around the market stalls, there were not many buyers but it was early. After a long walk we found the craft material shop that Jenny had heard about. Not sure it was worth the long walk. Made our way back to the shuttle pick-up point and we were back at the ship's berth just after 1200.
Up to the Buffet for lunch, brilliant sunshine and a brisk cool breeze made the port look even better. A lady sitting at the next table was surprised at "all these hills" and declared she wouldn't want to drive here. She obviously hasn't been anywhere much.
Found a small problem in our cabin, no running water in the bathroom !! Reported it to housekeeping and will wait and see what happens, we can't be the only ones.
Nothing much happening so we'll indulge in our habitual afternoon activity - we'll take a nap.
Another nice dinner and the waiter is starting to loosen up and becoming more relaxed. Still not the same as the Jeffry and Rex who managed to make the evening meal an enjoyable event.
We've decided that the entertainment tonight is not to our liking as he didn't impress on our earlier voyage.
Jenny is off solving a problem of how to spend the last of the on-board credits. I'm sure she'll succeed.
See you tomorrow.