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.
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
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
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
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. :)