Ron LaughlinThe Ultimate New Zealand Travel Guide
Details of the Dunedin area for your use to find where to go, what to do, etc.:
1 1/2 hours south of Moeraki, route one, you descend upon Dunedin. I mean descend as it is built on several steep hills. A University town built with a total Scottish flavour. Ample parking for buses/campers at the Railroad Station (built in 1906 of Oamaru Stone - fantastic architecture!).
A walk to the centre of the city at the Octagon where you can get the maps and information you need. Good cafes everywhere. Dunedin has over 150 cafes and restaurant. I enjoy Dunedin and usually spend a little time here. Plenty to do in this city.
Like chocolate? The Cadbury Chocolate Factory is an easy walk from the Station.You can park across from it if you plan to do some grocery shopping. Speight's Brewery is only a couple of blocks from the Octagon on Rattray Street. The Public Art Gallery is right there on the Octagon. You may want to drive if you visit the Otago Museum and University about five blocks away but parking is sometimes a problem.
The best place and a highly recommended place to stay and use as a base, since it is but a few minutes from the centre of Dunedin, is the Aaron Lodge Top 10 Holiday Park.
Don't miss Port Chalmers. Founded in 1844 it has been active in the history of New Zealand from the first shipment of frozen meat in 1882 from the natural deep water port to the boom times after the discovery of gold in Otago in 1861. Captain Scott’s expeditions of 1901 and 1911 left from Port Chalmers.
Today it is a small community devoted to those early times showcasing the historic buildings now revamped to top quality shops for the many artists and crafts people who live and work here. It is a must go for anyone who enjoys an opportunity to be among the first to “find” a special place to visit. This community is just now opening up and its future will be fantastic for visitors to enjoy I predict.
Two ways to get there. It is just 15 minutes (12kms) from Dunedin along the West Harbour. Another spectacular way is to come in from Waitati on Route One north of Dunedin down Blueskin Road. The back road entrance you might say. Another good way to visit is by bus from Dunedin.
I could go on and on about Dunedin. It has a great downtown, lots of superior accommodation at all levels, plenty to do and see. The world's steepest street is here. Great museum at the University. Check out the websites below for more complete info.
If you are into gardens they offer the Glenfalloch Woodland Garden and Restaurant a thirty acre harbourside garden of rhododendron and other beauties.
Dunedin in also where you can board the Taieri Gorge train and experience the trip through the Taieri Rver Gorge, over very high bridges and through tunnels. If you want to experience a real train trip this is the one.
Then there is the Otago Peninsula with the Albatross Colony a must see and do and if time permits stop by New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle.
For the best way to really get to see the vast amount of wildlife in this region such as the Royal Albatross, Fur Seals, Yellow-eyed Penguins and a vast host of other bird life plus with luck Hector dolphin, Dusky dolphin and Orca most of which cannot be seen from land be sure to join a Monarch Wildlife Tour. John & Jenny Milburn have been operating since 1983 and know their business proven by the many awards they have.
Check out the website information below.
Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Cadbury World Chocolate Tour
Royal Albatross Colony
Taieri Gorge Railway
Speight's Brewery Heritage Tour
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
City of Dunedin
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