We had the pleasure of having five grand days in Dunedin (Otepoti), it wasn’t so much to re-explore as it was to visit friends who were soon off on another overseas adventure housesitting. Though when one of them is a tour guide, we had the opportunity of having a knowledgable local guide to show us the sights.
It was certainly fun.
With that in mind here are just a few reasons to stop your engine and see what Dunedin has to offer:
Urban meets Nature
There are amazing green belt areas throughout the city.
While just 15 minutes out of the city there are wild beaches, wildlife, and plenty of remote hills and coastal walks. Dunedin is a city for nature lovers.
The Chinese Gardens – East meets West with various plant life. Acknowledgement of the Chinese community input into this city.
Fitness Tests Abound
Feeling guilty about the lack of cardio workouts while on holiday? There is never a shortage while visiting Dunedin. Yes, most of you have heard about the steepest street, Baldwin Street. Well, let me just say that there are quite a few that would not fall short in the slanted ground requirements to call themselves “steep”.
So enjoy all that glorious food while visiting Dunedin as you are more than likely to work it off exploring all that there is on offer down there in one of our underrated smaller cities, the Edinburgh downunder.
Art for Everyone
Dunedin is a place that fosters creativity and encourages unique ideas. The incredible street art. Personally, I’ve found the most creative cities around the world have a lively art scene, and usually have the right amount of murals and street art around town, and Dunedin is no exception. It really does help in understanding the people and culture of Dunedin.
Check out what I thought of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery
A Thriving Cafe Scene
For an old fashioned plate of Fish and Chips, look no further than the “Best Cafe”. Even has a homemade tartare sauce made with condensed milk, though do try it before placing it all over your food. Not too everyone’s liking.
One of our daytime treats came in the form of Potpourri Vegetarian Cafe which has been going since the 1970s. That is impressive. So many funky looking cafes to chose from that you will be spoilt for choice.
The Otago Farmers Market – it was cold and damp the Saturday we were there. So we opted for coffee and a chat in the warmth. On a previous visit, the Squire and I did get to experience this market and can testify it is worth a visit.
Sadly, the Cadbury Factory has closed down. Don’t despair there is an alternative. Using true southern grit and determination, another Chocolate company was created. It goes by the name of OCHO. Some would say it really is superior to the old Cadbury bars by far.
Astounding Old Architecture
Many a local are quite grateful that Dunedin came to a standstill and there was a shortage of interest from property developers. The result can be seen while pounding those steep streets in the selection of “old” character buildings dating back to the 18th century and the era of the gold rush. There are still a few that need a helping hand to bring back their beauty, and the motivation to do so can be seen in the number that has been renovated. Just beautiful and really does remind me of Scotland with a kiwi touch.
These are just some of the highlights, and I am sure when you do go down for a visit others will be added to your list. If joining others for a familiarity bus tour to pick out parts of the city to explore, then I would recommend giving Good Company Tours a ring.
Whatever way you do choose to explore Dunedin I am sure it will be a stunner.