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Dunedin

The Edinburgh of the South


What's on in Dunedin

 

DUNEDIN

 

Hotels and Accommodation in Dunedin
Dunedin Tours

By Richard Moore

Dunedin is one of New Zealand's most beautiful cities with magnificent old buildings that boast of its rich past.

The Victorian stonework is exceptional and give Dunedin a feeling of belonging to old Europe. This is due to the wealth created in the new colony by the discovery of gold in the Otago region that sparked one of the world's greatest gold rushes.

The city's heritage is Scottish and there is a prominent statue to the great Scots poet Robbie Burns in its centre.

But Dunedin is a modern city too with plenty of cafes and restaurants within its centre city area known as the Octagon and its main street, George Street, is heaven for shoppers wanting the latest designer brands.

It has a population of some 110,000 people that is boosted by more than 20,000 students attending Otago University, New Zealand's first university.

Attractions within Dunedin include the superb Otago Museum, the Otago Settlers Museum and the Willy Wonka-esque Cadbury chocolate factory that produces almost 90% of New Zealand's supply of that treat. Also take a look at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens, the Speights Brewery and make an effort to get to Baldwin St - officially the world's steepest street. It's about two kilometres north of the city centre and has a gradient of 1:266.

A must-see is the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, which mixes New Zealand artists and their works, plus some superb pieces by Monet, Goldie and Turner.

Outside Dunedin on the Otago Peninsula one of the extraordinary things you can visit is the world's only mainland colony of royal albatross.

The giant birds arrive during September, find a mate and have their eggs in October and November and there is an incubation period until about January when the young chicks arrive. From March through to September the young are pretty much only visited by their parents for food drops.

Access to the colony is via the Royal Albatross Centre ($25 for adults, $12 for children and $65 for families) and it has some superb exhibits on albatrosses and local wildlife.

Nearby is Fort Taiaroa where military enthusiasts can see a special 150mm Armstrong Disappearing Gun, artillery piece that was designed to retract into a bunker. While at the fort there are some great tunnels to check out by you or the children.

Also on the Otago Peninsula is a private conservation area for the rare yellow-eyed penguin and a seal colony.

New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle, is midway between the albatrosses and Dunedin and was built by a wealthy businessman for his French wife at a modern day cost of around $25 million.

Train buffs must use a spare day to see the Taieri Gorge Railway that many rate as one of the great train journeys of the world.

The Central Otago region is the hub of the goldfields and is dotted with old works and small hgistoric towns.

There is Alexandra, Clyde and the amazing Cromwell which had its old section taken down and relocated when they had to be removed to increase the size of the nearby Dunstan Dam.

As you can see there are plenty of things to do and see in Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

 

 

 

 

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