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Sounding out Dunedin

January 24, 2019

This is my second post on Dunedin, the most southerly of New Zealand's main centres and one of the most remote cities in the world. I talk about its rise on the back of sheep and gold and land obtained cheaply from the Māori, its many talents, its Scottish and Chinese heritage, and a visit to New Zealand's only castle and to the albatross breeding colony at Taiaroa Head.

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January 16, 2019

Dunedin and the Taieri Gorge Railway

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January 8, 2019

No Doubts about Doubtful Sound

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January 6, 2019

Very Viking Shetlands

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January 1, 2019

Xmas in New Zealand

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December 23, 2018

Floating to Fingal’s Cave: The Three Isles Tour of Iona, Mull and Staffa

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December 19, 2018

Raasay, and Calum's Road

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A Maverick Australian Way

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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