Woodlands Village Motel

594 Great King Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin Students Love Alcohol and Litter

by Kakapo2

Although Dunedin is a wonderful city you can get a very bad impression if you unknowingly walk into the wrong neighbourhoods at the wrong time of the year.

I speak of the student areas between the university and the Botanic Garden. Every year there are big discussions in the local newspaper, the Otago Daily Times, about the litter and noise caused by students who also find it very amusing to burn sofas - if they do not roll on them through the streets (which I think is really funny because it shows brain and imagination).

They think it is their "right of expression" to litter and molest "normal" people with rubbish and noise from music so loud that it can be heard a kilometre away. At the start of the semester in February many gardens look like rubbish dumps, and many front lawns are covered in broken glass, beer bottles and boxes, even in front of the Otago Museum.

When I once wrote to the ODT some of them said they were proud of the photo I had taken of their rubbish dump garden. And this is the intellectual elite of tomorrow!

I wonder what strange kind of people students in this country are. I have the impression that at least in their first year they only study how much alcohol they can drink without dying. Perhaps they think the freedom of expression is to drink until collapsing without being critisised by their parents finally far away.

Of course also in Europe students do know how to party hard, and perhaps the drinking habits have changed since my time at university - but still when we speak about student cities we associate this with a more diverse culture, and not with drinking and littering and spoiling the place for locals and visitors.

What I found most amusing was that the Director of Student Services did not think the students should question their drinking habits and at least keep the streets clear of their litter. No, he requested that in the students areas street cleaning should be carried out every day - so the taxpayer would indirectly pay for the party clean-up. Great idea!


by balhannah

Located 110 kms from Dunedin is the town of Ranfurly.
Ranfurly is named after the fifth Earl of Ranfurly, the 15th Governor General of New Zealand.

Ranfurly is not a big town, it was just a surprise, it had a lot of Art- Deco buildings!

These date back to the 1930s when the town was developing, and the style of that era was Art Deco. Art Deco style shops and homes sprung up rapidly in the 1930s after the town went through a series of suspicious fires. The two-storey, Art Deco style Ranfurly Hotel, complete with balcony overlooking the main street, was rebuilt in 1934. The Art Deco Fenton Library and Milk Bar and even accommodation in Art Deco homes, with furniture of the era, no wonder they hold and Art Deco festival in February every year! The people take is seriously, and dress in the fashion of the era!

There is a good information centre in the main street which was very helpful.

Worlds Steepest Street

by joanj

This is the World's Steepest Street, and to prove I am not making this up, I have photographed the street sign.
I only walked half way up, (no time to do up and back - that is my story and I am sticking to it !!),

But for you cricket fans England Cricketer Angus Fraser passed us and was in training, running - yes running up the street .
P.S. we were in New Zealand for the N.Z. v. England Cricket Test.

Baldwin Street

by blacksnail

Baldwin Street 350 metres length, is well known as it’s the world’s steepest street. At the steepest part of the street, its about 45 degree steep. Only me and Mike climbed all the way up and down, we could had get a certificate by paying $2.

In 2001 a 19-year-old University of Otago student was killed when she and another student attempted to travel down the street inside a wheelie bin. The bin collided with a parked trailer, killing one of the occupants instantly, and causing serious head injuries for the second.

Other events in baldwin Street:

The street is the venue for an annual event in Dunedin, the “Baldwin Street Gutbuster”. Every summer since the mid-1990s (usually in February), this exercise in fitness and balance involves athletes running from the base of the street to the top and back down again. The event attracts up to 1,000 competitors annually.

Since 2002, a further charity event has been held annually in July, which involves the rolling of over 30,000 Jaffas (spherical chocolate candies). Each jaffa is sponsored by one person, with prizes to the winner and funds raised going to charity.


by grets

The cathedral is an unsuccesful mixture of modern and old. The opriinal part - from 1915 - is very pleasant, very traditional, quite ornate, whereas the new part is stark, spartan and very plasticy with a pespex multicoloured cross hanging above the altar.


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