Dunedin and the Delight Amidst the Hills
When you want to breakaway from the hustles and bustles of your everyday metropolis life and want to stretch thy muscle to feel the Earth revolve beneath your feet, you daydream of going into a place where the modern feats of human intelligence and the wondrous creation of Mother Nature fuse into a joyous canopy.
You drooled by just imagining famous places and promised yourself that one day, you would plant thy feet on your envisioned euphoric place. And when you dream, you dream big, and if this place isn’t on your bucket list, well then rearrange your copy and include the area of Dunedin in New Zealand.
Vibrancy in culture and structures, the colorful arts scene and the strong history that keeps the city beaming with its foundation—this is what Dunedin behold and show you. Be the frenetic traveler that you are and skim the veins of this majestic city as much as you can. Go and delve in Dunedin and Otago and come-off as a learnt and well-enjoyed traveler that you must be.
Known as the principal city of Otego Region, Dunedin is dubbed as the second largest city in New Zealand’s South region. Slightly smaller to a United States state Rhode Island, Dunedin is a vast stretch of precious land with a total area of 3,341 square kilometers.
Dunedin’s geographical reach includes Middlemarch at its’ western end, Waikouaiti on its’ north, Henley (a small township) on its’ southwest end, the huge Pacific Ocean bordering the eastern and southeastern parts and Taieri River harboring the other southwest link.
Dunedin’s urban, metropolitan area is resting on Otago’s central eastern coast. It can also be seen that the whole totality of Dunedin is majorly surrounded by hundreds of valleys and hills and is hugged by the Pacific Ocean as aforementioned stated.
During the starting months of the year, January and February promise a nice, warm temperature mostly suitable for outdoor plans for the beach and other recreational areas. February, being the hottest month, is host to various outdoor festivities that are local to Dunedin residents.
Dunedin is known to have a temperate climate and is experiencing the whole set of four seasons. Unlike tropical countries, which is thousands of miles away from this patch of enjoyable land, Dunedin had 20 to 25 degrees at its hottest and can go as low as 9 to 12 degree range during winter. Autumn had a 13 to 17 degree scope while it is slightly close in spring with 12 to 17 degrees.
Dunedin is considered a very accessible city despite the surrounding hills that aren’t really hindering the pour of travelers from all over New Zealand.
If you want to feel more localized and travel the city by their public transportation, look for the GoBus brand, which serves as the main bus system being operated by the Otago Regional Council.
With a whopping 64 buses roaming around and is mobile on 17 weekday routes and 13 weeknight routes, it will be an impossibility that you won’t catch one.
If you want to be more submerged that taking the bus trips, then go ahead and rub elbows with Dunedin locals by trying their main railway system, Dunedin Railway Station. Taxis and rented cars won’t be absent in a city like Dunedin, so your options to skim every inch of it would definitely be endless.
Located at about 22 kilometers southwest of the city, and as the main passageway in entering Dunedin, the Dunedin International Airport would be your first glimpse of what the city can offer. Bustling with thousands of airport passengers each day, it is said to be one of the busiest entry point and exit point in the whole of New Zealand.
The Dunedin International Airport is there to cater domestic flights to Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown, Wanaka and so much more. It had international flights all year round in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
What to See
In operation since 1876, Speight’s Brewery has been putting its name on the economical dashboard through production of high-quality ales. Dubbed as New Zealand’s largest brewery, this one heck of an establishment has been erected not only in Dunedin but on all of New Zealand wherein guests can have a taste of their fine product and hearty meals to tickle one’s fancy in eating.
Established and finished in 1919, St.Paul’s Cathedral has been one landmark that Dunedin is proud of and known for. Located at the top of the so-called Octagon area, this religious place has been catering to solidify Catholic residents as well as travelers seeking for divine intervention while away to their homelands.
The structure of St. Paul’s Cathedral has been cause of awe and admiration because of its well-preserved quality and origin.
Dunedin Railway Station
Aside from serving its purpose as a platform for public transport, the Dunedin Railway Station is recognized as ‘the outstanding monument of Edwardian architecture in New Zealand.
Because of its’ marvelous construction in the late 1890s, this station also have been huge backdrops for millions of traveler photos.
Be engulfed on Dunedin Railway Stations’ details on its stained glass, impressive garden on its facade and the intrinsic design brought about by the architectural peg by where it is inspired.
Victory Beach and the Pyramids
Named after the ship that sank on its very bed, the Victory Beach is a place to play with water as this is an undeveloped area.
Enjoy the cold of the beach and the heat of the sun with minimal interruptions by hordes of business and people seen on highly developed shores.
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Be mesmerized by this 28-hectare of flora and never miss your herbology lesson again. Swamp your eyes on different colors and hues of growing flowers and meticulously arranged beds of plants.
Keep your awe at hand and witness the birdsong of the Bellbird, a Dunedin native species and some 6800 plant species silently humming to retain relaxation and the peaceful ambience.
Dunedin Street Art Trail
With art mixing up with its rich culture and a strong historical background, Dunedin is a place to be if you want to witness talent being displayed as if it’s a normal doings.
With 25 walls turned and furnished to be works of art, this trail would take you 75 full minutes to finish, or even more depending on how you would be able to zap out all the possible techniques in beautifying the then bland walls.
Dunedin Tourism Guide