We left Queenstown behind and started our trip to the east coast. From Dunedin to Oamaru and Lyttleton near Christchurch. The roads were not as spectacular as the west coast and there was not as much to see but we enjoyed it.
Dunedin was bigger than expected, we slept in our car at a view point over the harbor and needed a lot of coffee afterwards. We found a lovely little cafe with old couches, great coffee and delicious cinnamon pins. We continued in the direction of Oamaru. Found a nice camping spot and spent the day in Oamaru. We noticed there was a lot to see so we stayed another day to see the penguins, the Mouraki boulders (the rocks on the beach) and have even more coffee in the lovely cafes in the old city center.
We drove in the direction of Christchurch while looking for a new camping spot but we couldn't find anything. We continued to Lyttleton, a little town next to Christchurch where we found another nice view point. We spent the night there while watching the beautiful sunset and sunrise in the morning. This was the first place where we saw the damage of the earthquake of a couple of years ago. There's more about it in my next post about Christchurch.