Dunedin

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It was 7am and we ate breakfast and watched as the Oosterdam was slowly manipulated into the port of Dunedin by busy little tug boats.

Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country’s city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Cruise liners organise many tours at each port, but I consider them overpriced. Now the downside, for me, of cruising, is the short amount of time that is available to explore each port stop. If you have never visited a country  possibly the best option is to take a tour. After all you may never be back this way again…

It is many years since I last visited Dunedin so our decision was to take the shuttle bus, organised by the Oosterdam, at the cost of US$20 return, which took us downtown.

So come with me, the weather is perfect, and gaze at the magnificent Edwardian style buildings built-in the late 1880’s when, due to the discovery of gold, Dunedin became the largest city, by population in New Zealand.

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Time to stop for lunch, but still much more to see.

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Now this is the jewel in the crown of the buildings in Dunedin. It is reported to be the most photographed building in New Zealand.

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What a magnificent building, and it is still used as a train station. Admire the detail.

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The inside is also very impressive.

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Benches for Jude

Dunedin was built on the remnants of an extinct volcano. The city suburbs extend out into the surrounding valleys and hills. One very little known fact is that the steepest street in the world can be found tucked away in these suburbs. We went to have a look at it…

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No we didn’t walk up, just took the photo then caught the local bus back to town…

The final place I left till last was the Chinese Gardens and they are so charming and exquisite that they deserve a post of their own.

To be continued…

  

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  1. I’m glad you linked back to here, what a lovely post!

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  4. What a lovely photo essay. It speeds the urge to visit New Zeeland.

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  5. Joan and Terry

    I have been to NZ but not Dunedin, how lovely it looks through your eyes, beaut camera work as alwaysx

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  6. mmm, may have to get down to Dunedin some time. I have a friend in Invercargill now, which is even further south! 2015 may be the year.

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  7. That train station is amazing, both inside and out, Pauline. I also love the street art and the steeples in Dunedin. I’m glad you enjoyed your stop. 🙂

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  8. Thanks for the wonderful tour, Pauline.

    janet

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  9. The town hall could easily be Glasgow, Scotland. The railway station is just wonderful.

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  10. The railway building is impressive, isn’t it pommepal. I like Dunedin, myself, although it can get a bit too chilly in the winter for me.

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  11. Railway stations may have been the cruise ships of earlier days: this one is sumptuous and in beautiful shape.

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  12. Such a wounderful place! Thank you for
    posting~

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  13. Looks like a wonderful spot, Pauline. Steeper than streets in San Francisco? Hmm…. 😉

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