Dunedin in review
Dunedin, the second largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and capital of the Otago province, is incredibly rich in heritage and architecture. Marvellous Victorian and Scottish Edwardian houses, a Neo-Gothic convent, a Flemish-style railway station and a 19th century castle, the only castle in New Zealand, are some of the historical attractions of this enchanting city that was built on the gold rushes of the 1860's. Dunedin has an educational feel to it. Apart from being New Zealand's first University City, it has an abundance of museums and galleries and you can even discover the history of beer brewing at the Speights Brewery. Being also the oldest city of New Zealand, Dunedin is an important centre of arts and cultural crafts. Daily life is vibrant and buoyant. Numerous craft shops, studios selling contemporary New Zealand jewellery, designer fashion boutiques, antique furniture outlets, picturesque quality restaurants, bars and hotel accommodation are all within walking distance from the city centre.
Wild, coastal landscapes and Dunedin's dramatic hills, surrounding a large natural harbour, contrast with the historical heritage buildings. A cruise to the wildlife reserves of the Otago Peninsula is eco-tourism at its finest. Taiaroa Head, on this peninsula, is the world's only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross. The reserves are also home to the world's rarest penguin, the Yellow-Eyed penguin, fur seals, dolphins and sea lions.
- From our editor A.Steenbhom – United States