Arden Country House Dunedin

712 Waitati Valley Rd, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand
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Distance to Catlins

by Colleen52

Can you tell me how far it was from Dunedin to the Catlins, Thanks

Re: Distance to Catlins

by Jesperp

The Catlins is a region of forest, countryside and coast between Kaka Point and Fortrose on the south-eastern corner of the South Island according to those websites:
http://www.catlins-nz.com/setup.html
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/about-nz/features/catlins-feature/catlins.cfm

Description of Kaka Point description: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaka_Point

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Re: Distance to Catlins

by Jesperp

There is 96 km from Dunedin to Kaka Point, where The Catlins begins according to this website: http://maps.live.com/
Jesper

Re: Distance to Catlins

by Kakapo2

It would not take you much longer than one hour.

A good website to calculate distances and times is the AA website:

http://www.aatravel.co.nz/main/td-calculator.php

Travel Tips for Dunedin

Speights – Centre of the Liquor Restriction Area

by Kakapo2

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You see, I have worked hard to find the right angle to get this contradiction into a photo: a sign which shows that you are in an area where it is not allowed to drink alcohol in the open, and the Speights Brewery in the middle of it.

Such Liquor Restriction Areas are common in all cities in New Zealand. In Dunedin the bylaw that prohibited the consumption of alcohol in public places was introduced on 8 July 2004. It applies to the central city and can be extended to further zones to prevent expected mayhem, as is the case in the student quarters of North Dunedin, especially on the occacion of the so-called Undie 500 (will post a text about this later in Local Customs).

As you can deduct from the wording “in public places” you can still drink alcolhol in inner city pubs and restaurants. In the case of the Speights Brewery which is located in Rattray Street, this means that you can drink their beer in their premises but not in front of the brewery.

You are also allowed to carry alcohol you have just bought through the area as long as it is in an unopened container. Meaning: You can go to a bottle shop, buy alcohol, and carry it back home or to your accommodation and consume it there. And you can take your wine to an unlicensed restaurant (BYO = Bring Your Own).

Be aware of the danger of opening a bottle of wine, beer or whatever in an inner city street. You might receive a fine of up to NZ$ 20,000. (But normally they only arrest you ;-))))

If the ban applies to evenings, nights or weekends only, the specific times of the ban are noted on the signs. This is not the case in Dunedin.

The “Control of Liquor in Public Places Bylaw” came into effect after research showed that most arrests and disturbances were alcohol-related, and 75 to 80 per cent of the offences occurred after 7pm. Its main purposes are to protect the public from nuisance and minimising the potential for offensive behaviour in public places. A side-effect would be the protection, promotion and maintenance of public health and safety.

yellow eyed penguins

by dragontml

can you spot the little yellow eyed penguin ? it's really quite an experience to follow the guide to go for a stake out to spot these little penguins whom moved quite fast and you just have to take the picture as and when as if you miss, you miss !

Imported Beers in Style

by Kakapo2 about Duke of Wellington

From the outside The Duke of Wellington looks interesting - the interior is just stunning. There is so much to see in this beautifully restored Victorian building which formerly hosted the National Insurance, including the wonderful ceiling which makes you look more over the heads of your drinking companions than to the beers and wines on the table... ;-)

The bar at the Exchange, next to the Queens Gardens, has a lot of imported ales and stouts on tap, as well as a nice selection of wines. Also pub-style food is served.

The Duke also features an outside area. It is closed on Sundays.

St Paul's Cathedral

by wkcsmt

This is a splendid example of Gothic Revival architecture. The Cathedral of St Paul's was built between 1915 and 1919 and it is believed to have the only stone-vaulted nave in New Zealand. The marble for the thirty eight steps leading to the main entrance was cut from the Takaka Hills near Nelson.

DUNEDIN RAILWAY STATION

by balhannah

What an impressive building is the Dunedin Railway station.

The fully restored Station is of Flemish Renaissance-style architecture, and features white Oamaru limestone facings on black basalt rock, it certainly grabs your attention!
As in a lot of places, the station in years gone by was extremely busy, in fact, it was New Zealand's busiest, handling up to 100 trains a day. Today, and only a few use the Station, one of them being the Taieri Gorge Railway tourist train.

The use of the station has now changed. The one kilometre main platform is the country's longest and every year in October becomes what is probably the world's longest catwalk, for the South Island's main fashion show. There is also a large restaurant and the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and the Otago Art Society located in the building. A produce market is held in the station's grounds to the north of the building every Saturday morning.

We had to catch a train from here, so had a good look, but if you don't still come in a have a wander around, marvel at the ceilings and the Royal Doulton tiles.

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