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Edinburgh down south

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A September 2010 trip to South Island by MagdaDH_AlexH

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Dunedin: Edinburgh down under

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Dunedin streets Photo, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin, named as a Gaelic translation of Edinburgh (Dun-Edin), is a small university city on the eastern coast of the Otago district of New Zealand's South Island. Despite having a population of only about 125,000, it's the second largest city on the South Island, and both historically and geographically, one of the important centres of population in the country. The area was settled by the Maori in the 14th century, while the European settlement dates to the beginning of 19th century, when sealing and whaling were the main activity. The town of Dunedin was founded in 1848 as a special settlement of the Free Church of Scotland (a breakaway branch of the Scottish Kirk dating to 1843). The ...Read More

Otago Museum

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Attraction | "Southern land, its wildlife and people"

Otago Museum Photo, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Otago Museum has an extensive collection of social history, ethnography and natural history artefacts. The museum is housed in a new building next to the University of Otago campus, about ten minutes' walk from the Dunedin city centre. The museum has a number of permanent exhibitions, to which the entrance is free of charge, as well as children's gallery called Discovery World and a Tropical World habitat, which incur an entrance charge. The permanent galleries of the main museum include:== Southern Land Southern People, a unique, cutting-edge gallery devoted to the geology, geography, wildlife and human inhabitants of the South Island. This gallery on its own could easily take up a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2010

Otago Museum
419 Great King Street
Dunedin, South Island
+64 0 3 474 7474

Otago Settlers Museum

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Attraction | "Across the ocean waves"

Otago Settlers Museum Photo, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Otago Settlers' Museum is a local museum of social history, with galleries displaying exhibits relating to various groups of people that lived and live in Otago and through their personal stories, it tells the story of the whole area. The museum is now undergoing refurbishment, but it still displays the most interesting and valuable objects from its collections in several galleries. Across the Ocean Waves tells the story of immigrants travelling steerage, in an atmospherically recreated replica of the living quarters. The best feature of this exhibition are short video clips, in which actors dressed in period clothes recreate the tensions, conflicts, joys and dramas of the jour...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 13, 2010

Otago Settlers Museum
31 Queens Garden
Dunedin, South Island
03 477 5052

Otago Peninsula

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Attraction | "Arcadia down under"

Otago Peninsula Photo, Dunedin, New Zealand
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The drive to Dunedin was rainy and cold, and we unpacked at the cabin in pouring rain, but the next day the sun is shining beautifully and the sky is bright blue, with little wispy clouds chased by a brisk but not too cold a wind. Our host, ride and companion is picking us up this morning and we are going to explore the Otago Peninsula, and who knows, maybe see some penguins. Otago peninsula, a small finger of post-volcanic land hugging Dunedin and forming the Otago harbour, is only half an hour away drive from the town, but is a stunning gem of scenic landscape teeming with wildlife. Hills are covered in green pastures, the coast cut by many coves and inlets with both rocky cliffs and san...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 13, 2010

Otago Peninsula

Dunedin, South Island

Moeraki Boulders

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Attraction | "Dragon eggs in the foaming sea"

Moeraki Boulders Photo, Palmerston North, New Zealand
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We set off to Dunedin from earthquake-shaken Christchurch around mid-day on a rainy September Thursday. Our kind host, a Danish student with a four year old daughter, decided to drive south to get away from the tremors, and she happens to have a six-seater, so we are good to go, and in a good company. At first, the road passes through agricultural plain, a village after village, not quite grim, but certainly rather dull. We turn towards the sea in Timaru, where we stop for fish and chips: a standard – and still incredibly cheap – fare in those parts. We eat our fish and chips at a picnic table with a view of the sea: the sky is steel-grey and covered with fast moving, churning, billowing c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2010

Moeraki Boulders
Moeraki Boulders Road, Koekohe Beach
Otago, New Zealand