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Dunedin- A Scottish secret in New Zealand’s south

November 5, 2008

It’s a small city compared with it’s northern sisters. Even by international standards Dunedin would best be described as a large town. But to most New Zealanders, Dunedin is considered one of the main cities in the country.

With a strong Scottish ancestry, even the name dates back to it’s early settler origin, Dunedin on a beautiful calm sunny day can be an absolute pleasure to walk around. Any other time is best viewed from within a pub. Yes Dunedin has wonderful beer.

You won’t be bored visiting Dunedin its a city full of pleasant discoveries. Some well preserved, resembing their former glory.

by Joe May

by Joe May

 And some have met with a new coat of paint, a more modernised form of colonial heritage – neocolonial perhaps?

by Joe May

by Joe May

I am biased when I say this but – Dunedin should be at the top of travellers lists – especially if you are partial to colonial history, architecture; or beer. 

It’s a city that can be easily reached from Queenstown, or Christchurch. I would recommend hiring a car, that way you can get to take in the unpublicised scenery along the way; flat plains of Canterbury, golden beaches with rolling tides, and hilly inland pastures. Wherever you go the scene is in a constant change. 

If driving is not your style, buses large and small will take you there, all within your budget.

This southern city is a tranquil secret, often neglected by package tours and busy five day travellers. But don’t wait too long, it’s a secret worth sharing.

Caffeinated Traveller

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3 Comments
  1. Bear permalink
    November 6, 2008 12:19 am

    I agree totally. Renting a car lets you roam and see the corners and down the always interesting side roads there.

  2. Josh permalink
    November 9, 2008 10:35 pm

    Yeah I agree as well. Dunedin is one of the oldest established cities in New Zealand meaning it has some of the oldest architecture there is. The city has old churches spread out throughout the area which are good sightseeing features. Aso the Otago peninsula has some excellent sights including beaches where seals and penguins roam.

  3. November 10, 2008 1:48 am

    Hi Josh thanks for you comments and extra information. It is a great sightseeing place and walkable on a sunny day. Yes true about the wildlife!!
    Have you spent some time there or are you a Dunedinite yourself?

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