Bella Vista Dunedin

704 Great King Street North, Dunedin, New Zealand

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    Bella Vista - Great for a Couple Night's Stay


    I had a great stay at the Bella Vista in Dunedin. A couple, John and Robyn Higgins, owns the facility and provided a very warm welcome, topped off with complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and milk. The room was clean and came with all the amenities, including free wifi (2 hours' worth), iron and ironing board, telephone, TV with all the channels, closet with hangers, hot water boiler, coffee maker, fridge, shampoo, and body wash. The room was chilly when I got there (in the middle of winter), but a wall heater soon fixed that problem. It was also compact - not an abundance of open space - but for a few nights' stay, it was perfect. Upon leaving the next day, Robyn gave me a map of the city and pointed out points of interest as well as answered my questions on the area. I would highly recommend this motel to someone else.

    Unique Quality: Easy walking distance from the city centre, George Street, which is a host to multiple cafés, bars, restaurants, and shops. Within a two minutes' walk of fast food (Domino's Pizza, McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut), video rentals, and liquor store.

    Directions: Just past the University of Otago

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Forum Posts


by pdean14

We are on a coach trip and arrive in Dunedin in the evening and then have the morning free. Is it possible to get a trip to the penisular to see the penguins in this time.

RE: penguins

by ricky52

Maybe, but they won't be dancing!!

RE: penguins

by Josilver

Hi, Dunedin city bus offer tours to sea the penguins and the albatross colony 2.30pm every day these return at 6.45pm. I dont think they run in the morning, you may need to find another company. Have a look on the net. Sorry I cant be of more help. Jo

RE: penguins

by Steve51

go here... and search for tours

RE: RE: penguins

by allikat

The penguins spend the day at sea feeding - you get to see them when they come ashore at dusk.

RE: RE: penguins

by Josilver

Actually, the Yellow eyed penguins come and go randomly throughout the day. YOu are pretty mcuh guaranteed to see them. we saw them at about 3pm

RE: RE: penguins

by pdean14

Thanks for all your replies. It will depend what time we get to Dunedin whether we will bw able to book an afternoon trip but I think it will be later as we are going on the train first. May be I will see penguins somewhere else in NZ. It is something I have always wanted to see,

RE: RE: penguins

by Kakapo2

Yes, there are many other places in NZ where you can see penguins. I have more information about penguins on my travel pages (Things to do).

With the yellow-eyed penguins you must be lucky to see them during the day. I have also seen them throughout the day several times but you cannot count on it. In the breeding season it happens rather often that they come to the beach at any time of the day.

There are some facilities where you can see penguins in captivity, for example Kelly Tarlton's in Auckland, or 18 little blue penguins in the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch. Although it is not the real thing the birds are still very cute, especially the little blues.

Travel Tips for Dunedin

Speight brewery

by dragontml

On arrival take a step back in time on to the cobblestone streets, as you become a part of Speight's history which dates back to 1876.

Opportunity to see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that make Speight's "The Pride of the South".

No tour would be complete without a visit to the Brewery Bar to sample all 3 beers, Speight's Gold Medal Ale, Speight's Distinction Ale, and Speight's Old Dark. There is also plenty of great Speight's beer gear available to purchase with some lines to the Speight's Heritage Centre - perfect for collectors.

Larnach Castle

by rozehill

On the Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle is open daily for both guided and independent tours and has a huge collection of New Zealand antiques, situated within 35 acres of gardens and grounds. The Barker Family, present-day owners, have lovingly restored this historic castle. Built in 1871 by a local Member of Parliament, Sir William Larnach, the castle has a scandalous history and is rumoured to have a resident ghost.

Fantastic Place with Friendly Staff

by Kakapo2 about Bennu

Although we have our favourite restaurant(s) in Dunedin we try others from time to time ;-) Bennu is next door to our number one restaurant, Etrusco, and is also part of the historic Savoy building.

The interior is stunning, with the tables spread over two levels, and a spectacular atrium above the bar. The grand room boasts of massive pillars, arches, and a fantastic stucco ceiling. The kitchen is open, so you can see that the staff work properly.

The young staff were very friendly and attentive, and the meals were very good. I had a thick fat steak and pasta – the latter was a special order because I needed carbs before my athletics competition the next day. The waitress ran between our table and the kitchen to find out if they would accept this special request. I think they were irritated because pasta indeed is not a great choice with steak – but I already explained why I needed it, and so I apologised, and I got what I wanted. And really, dear Bennu chefs: Your potato suggestion was much more appropriate! ;-)

They also have special deals in conjunction with the Rialto cinema, and happy hours, as well as a pizza menu.

I can happily recommend this restaurant for further visits. It serves good quality food in a nice atmosphere, and with good service.

You can also go to Bennu and just have a drink or cocktail at the spectacular bar.

The name Bennu BTW is the Egyptian equivalent of the Phoenix, that is why this bird is the symbol of the place. The Bennu is said to be the soul of the sun god Ra. It was also associated with the rising of the Nile and resurrection. The bird was pictured as a grey, purple, blue, or white heron with a long beak and a two-feathered crest, and sometimes like an eagle.

Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve

by TomorrowsAngel

The Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve was established in 1985 by landowner Howard McGrouther and fellow conservationist Scott Clarke to conserve a small and fragile colony of 30 of the world's most endangered penguins.
The Reserve is situated at Penguin Place on Otago Peninsula about 35km from Dunedin city. The reserve is primarily a conservation and educational area, and attracts large numbers of tourists.
Penguins are sub-Antarctic and are often at their best when weather conditions would be considered less appealing for humans. Viewing is carried out in all weather conditions and visitors should come well prepared with warm clothing and fast film, flash lights are not permitted due to the stress they place on the birds.

The World's Steepest Street

by Aidy_p

Baldwin Street, whether controversial or not, is said to be the world's steepest street. I tried climbing it but gave up halfway because of all the perspiration and panting. The down slope was of course so much more easier, but you had to put on your brakes to make sure you don't roll over.

Jac and I made it to the top finally, but with very little effort because we drove up the slope. :)


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