If I had taken the direct route between Dunedin airport and Oamaru would have been 140km, and less than two hours. I took the indirect route and it took more than six hours.
My first stop was Doctor's Point. I had never heard of this place, but saw the sign and turned off from west from Waitati got to the end of the road, literally, and discovered a beauty! The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the sand was so fine.
The estuary is Blueskin Bay. I have a long ago whanau connection to Blueskin Bay as my great great great grandfather, Matt Miller, married a young woman from Blueskin Bay. Matt arrived in Oamaru in 1852 with some sheep (and his daughter - my great, great grandmother Margaret - after his wife and a second daughter had died in Geelong, Victoria) for Mr McMaster. I like to think that he and Margaret may have visited Blueskin Bay back in the day.
I have since seen on the www that even further round the beach at Canoe Beach there are some caves. It's a beautiful part of NZ that was spectacular on the sunny Spring day I was there.
Coming back through Waitati, I stopped to photograph the first of many war memorials I saw. This part of the South Island has a lot of war memorials.