It Feels Like Home

A Boston girl goes Hollywood then chucks it away for a life in OZ… these are my adventures and general musings.

End of the Road: Dunedin May 26, 2009

We finished the Southern Scenic Route in the charming city of Dunedin. As New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin is steeped in Scottish heritage and has more recently become known as a hub for architecture, culture and universities. Founded by the Presbyterian Free Church of Scotland in 1848, Dunedin (whose name is derived from the ancient celtic title for Edinburgh) has retained much of its Scots heritage- much of which can be seen in the architecture around town.

New Zealand Apr 09 304 New Zealand Apr 09 270 New Zealand Apr 09 283 New Zealand Apr 09 271 New Zealand Apr 09 280

After a wander around the city, we got right into the edible attractions of Dunedin- the Speight’s Brewery and Cadbury Factory tours. The brewery tour was interesting but let’s be real… we came for the beer! At the end of the tour, we were led to an employee pub room where we were left to pour our own samples from their taps. Yes, you read that correctly- we helped ourselves to as much beer as possible. Seriously, you’ve got to love New Zealand- the land that encourages you to drink up as much as you can for a half hour and they’ll even teach you how to perfect the perfect pour.

New Zealand Apr 09 263 New Zealand Apr 09 244 New Zealand Apr 09 258 New Zealand Apr 09 256 New Zealand Apr 09 252

Next, it was on to the chocolate. The Cadbury tour doesn’t allow any pictures on the tour but I got a few early shots before we had to put away the cameras. We learned some history, were given chocolate to munch on along the way and ended the tour with a view of the chocolate waterfall.

New Zealand Apr 09 302 New Zealand Apr 09 345 New Zealand Apr 09 343

The following day, we decided to check out the Otago Peninsula but we first made a pit stop to the Otago Farmer’s Market at the old railway station. We love farmer’s markets and this one was so lovely! Just about everything you would want was available- flowers, plants, honey, jams, herbs, organic fruits, nuts and vegs, freshly baked breads and pastries, interesting hot food, organic meats like venison and lamb and of course, organic beer. After indulging in a delicious chocolate croissant, we hit the road towards the Otago Peninsula.

New Zealand Apr 09 286 New Zealand Apr 09 288 New Zealand Apr 09 295 New Zealand Apr 09 296 New Zealand Apr 09 298

The Otago Peninsula stretches along the southern edge of the Otago Harbour and is one of New Zealand’s most renowned eco-tourism areas. The peninsula is home to heaps of wildlife including the endangered Royal Albatross, varieties of seals, penguins and other water and sea birds. Not only does the peninsula have outstanding wildlife but the natural scenery is quite breath-taking as well. The scenic drives boasts views of stunning coastlines, beautiful secluded beaches, rolling hills and charming, old farms.

New Zealand Apr 09 325 New Zealand Apr 09 335 New Zealand Apr 09 326 New Zealand Apr 09 329 New Zealand Apr 09 340

From Dunedin it was on to Christchurch… almost done- stay tuned for the finale!

Advertisements
 

2 Responses to “End of the Road: Dunedin”

  1. Josh Says:

    Hey there,

    looks like you had a fantastic time in Dunedin! What was your favourite experience? Did you like the cute little penguins?

    Hope you come back soon!

    Regards

    Dunedin citizen

  2. Holly Says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Josh.

    We really enjoyed all of Dunedin. The Otago Peninsula was beautiful and the farmer’s market was great, too. I wish we had more time to do the half day Taieri Gorge Railway- that sounds like good fun.

    We’ll be back… We love New Zealand!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s