The Big Trip: Dunedin

The next portion of our journey into the “Deep South” was not provided by Kiwi Experience although it had been booked as part of the package.  A company called Headfirst Travel covered our trip to Dunedin through to Invercagill and then dropped us off ready for our trip to Milford Sound.  The Headfirst Travel coach is much smaller than the Kiwi Experience bus so it’s a lot easier to get to know your travel companions.

Our first stop was at the Clyde Dam.  It is the third largest hydroelectric dam in New Zealand and is across the Clutha River.

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After our quick photo stop we headed down into Clyde for a quick spot of lunch.

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After lunch we headed down to Dunedin.  Our driver gave us a guided tour around the city, pointing out all the famous landmarks as well as great restaurants and bars to try before dropping us at our hostel.

We stayed at Manor House Backpackers.  The hostel is spread across two 1920’s colonial houses at the top of what can only be described as the world’s steepest driveway!  We had a double private room on the top floor of the second smaller house.  Our room was huge and we had our own kitchen and bathroom facilities on our floor meaning we didn’t need to go back and forth between the other house.  We even had our own TV so we were able to have a mini movie night with our friend Negin without having to hog the TV in the living room downstairs.  We stayed in the city for three nights which was the perfect amount of time to explore the city as well as catch up on some life admin!

Anthony found out about the Dunedin Street Art Trail on Facebook.  We were able to download the map onto our phones and follow it around the city to find each of the installations.  Here are a few of our favourites:

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The benefit of walking around the city seeking out the different art pieces meant we also got to enjoy some of the beautiful architecture too.  The Cathedral Church of St Paul the Apostle is the seat for the Bishop of Dunedin and the first church for the Anglican Diocese in Dunedin.  The cathedral is located on The Octagon with the statue of the Scottish poet Robert Burns with his back firmly pointing in it’s direction.  A slight dig at the English perhaps…?!

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Pictured below is Dunedin Station.  Designed by George Troup, it is the city’s fourth station and earned the architect the title of “Gingerbread George”.  Built in Flemish renaissance style from dark basalt and lighter Oamaru stone creates the gingerbread style.  Inside doesn’t disappoint either with it’s beautiful mosaic floor.

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Our final photo of architecture is of the First Church of Otago.  The church is the city’s primary Presbyterian church.  The decorated Gothic style successfully replicates the Norman churches in the UK.  This is also constructed from Oamaru stone with a beautiful carved wood interior.

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We were also lucky enough to get Speights Brewery Tour tickets through a discount website.  We went with our friend Negin and really enjoyed learning about the beer making process and tasting all of their products.

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our videos from our time in the city.  The first video, here, shows Clyde, our hostel and half of the Art Trail.  The second video, here, shows the second half of the Art Trail and our tour around Speights.

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