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  • Moeraki Boulders
    Moeraki Boulders
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  • An easy walk to the Pyramides, Otago Peninsula.
    An easy walk to the Pyramides, Otago...
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  • Always a refreshing walk home in Dunedin
    Always a refreshing walk home in Dunedin
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    Farm stay - riding

    by grets Written Sep 16, 2004

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    Aileen and Kevin have six horses, and choose the gentlest one for me to have my first attempt at riding. I can't say I feel particularly secure sitting there on the horse's back, but it feels right, walking around the farm grounds on a horse.

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    Observe Penguins for FREE

    by blacksnail Written Nov 11, 2008

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    Pilot Beach, used to known as ‘Hobart Town Beach’ is a place where we can see Penguins for FREE along Otago Peninsula, Thanks to the lady in 1908 for telling us about this place The Blue Penguins, smallest penguins on earth, will come home from the sea everyday at 7pm.. It was Day light saving Day, and they were back at 8pm. We arrived slightly before 7pm and waited for an hour. It was very windy but it still couldn’t stop us from waiting. there were other observants there too.. a kid showed us a sick penguin.. we could see and hear the penguin. We could see holes around the grass area, homes of the Penguins. There was a walkway for the penguins to walk up from the beach to their homes. We danced, yoga and kungfu.. while waiting. at 8pm, it was getting dark and we finally saw a group of penguins walking across the beach. We ran quickly there to observe.. too bad we couldn’t flash our cameras. They walked pretty slow.. we waited quite a while til they reached the top. Other observants told us to leave as its unfair that we disturb their (Penguins’) Privacy..

    Blue Penguin

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    Farm stay - foal

    by grets Written Sep 16, 2004

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    One of the horses has a foal in the night and we walk over to have alook the next morning. A beautiful little baby, he is very unsteady on his feet - mind you, he is really just three hours old or so old at this stage. Ahhhhh

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    Glenfalloch Woodland Garden

    by 80-bettyboo Written Jan 15, 2005

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    Gaelic for "Hidden Glen", Glenfalloch is situated on the coastal overlooking the harbour.It has been done by Phillip Barling in 1917, Glenfalloch was bought by the Otago Peninsula Trust in 1968.
    It offers a nice walks through native flora and fauna nestled beside the stunning Otago Harbour.
    It has a a choice of three restaurants and now have the reputation of being Dunedin's leading wedding venue and preferred private
    function centre.
    A prefect place to spend the sunny day out. It opens everyday.

    Glenfalloch Homestead Restaurant
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    Botanic Gardens

    by 80-bettyboo Written Jan 16, 2005

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    Dunedin's Botanic Gardens is New Zealand's oldest botanic garden, opened in 1869. It remains one of the country's finest with an extensive rose garden, Japanese garden, bird aviary and the famous rhododendron dell.
    The Lower Garden is traditional displays of herbaceous borders and annual bedding plants with rose and knot garden.
    The upper Garden has extensive Australian Plant Collection also The Geographic Collection has plants from Himalayas, South and North America
    It also has a nice cafe where you enjoy your drink.
    Location : Corner of Great King Street
    Opoho Road,Lovelock Avenue North Dunedin
    Open every day of the year. Gates open approximately 0700 to dusk

    Winter Garden Glasshouse
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    Glenfalloch Homestead and Gardens

    by rozehill Written Apr 16, 2003

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    The blend of natives and exotics are azaleas, rhododendrons and many varieties of fuchsia. Doves flutter in the trees, peacocks roam free, and tea may be taken in the most pleasant of surroundings. The original homestead (1871) still stands.

    Glenfalloch

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    St.Kilda

    by 80-bettyboo Written Jan 16, 2005

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    It's great for Body Board or Surfing.
    If the water is too cold for you to swim, have a try to Salt Water Swimming Pool located at ST.Clair .
    The best way to get there is to take a bus or taxi which is 10 minutes drive from the city centre towards to north.

    Overlooking the St.Kilda Beach
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    Moeraki Boulders

    by Robmj Written Sep 5, 2009

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    The Moeraki Boulders are a number of huge spherical stones, found strewn along a stretch of Koekohe Beach near Moeraki, a small settlement just south of Hampden on New Zealand's Otago coast.

    These boulders are grey-coloured septarian concretions which have been exposed through shoreline erosion from black mudstone coastal cliffs that back the beach. They originally formed in ancient sea floor sediments during the early Paleocene some 60 million years ago. The most striking aspect of the boulders is their unusually large size and highly spherical shape, with a distinct bimodal size distribution. The boulders weigh several tonnes and are up to three metres in diametre.

    Maori legend tells that the boulders are remains of calabashes, kumaras and eel baskets that washed ashore after the legendary canoe, the Araiteuru was wrecked at nearby Shag Point (Matakaea).

    Similar boulders can also be found in the north-facing shore of Shag Point some 12 miles south of where the Moeraki Boulders are found. Hokianga harbour in the North Island also has some similar examples.

    Moeraki boulders are in a protected scientific reserve just north of the little settlement of Moeraki, which has a particularly good restaurant and cafe.

    These boulders are about a 60km drive north of Dunedin City along the main state highway.

    Moeraki Boulders

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    Karitane

    by Robmj Written Apr 28, 2012

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    The small seaside settlement of Karitane is set in rolling country near the mouth of the Waikouaiti River. It is a popular holiday retreat for Dunedin people and has a great beach and lots of interesting places in the nearby areas.

    It was the location of a pre-European Maori kaik (undefended village); close by is the site of Huriawa Pa, a fortified Maori village strategically set on a rock promontory above the coast. European sealers and whalers began to arrive as early as the 1820s and a whaling station was established at Karitane in 1837.

    Karitane is 5 minutes drive off State Highway 1, just 35 kilometres north of Dunedin's city centre

    Kaitane Beach
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    Explore the streets

    by victorwkf Written Jun 12, 2004

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    Dunedin is a small city which is very easy to move around. It is also very safe, so do explore the streets and you will be rewarded with many historical buildings, colourful ones as well and not forgetting the many shops and cafe in the city.

    The city streets of Dunedin, New Zealand

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    Tunnel Beach

    by leighdave Written Oct 12, 2006

    The tunnel was made in the 1870s by John Cargill who gave instructions for it to be carved through a sandstone cliff so that his family could have access to a beach near his home.

    Now many people take the short but steep walk down to the beach and the amasing cliffs formed by the erosion from the sea.

    My mother used to take me here as it was near our house, I used to complain about the steep walk up the hill but always enjoyed it.

    head to Concord and up the hill to Bkackhead Road and follow the signs.

    Cliffs at Tunnel Beach
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    Portobello

    by leighdave Written Oct 12, 2006

    Portobello is the heart of the Otago Peninsula. The Otago Peninsula is Dunedin’s most valuable asset.
    From the village, roads also lead out to the Portobello Peninsula as well as Allans Beach and the back bays.
    It is also halfway between Dunedin and Taiaroa Head.
    Portobello is one of very few villages in Otago where the village commercial centre is adjacent to the sea and where most amenities and attractions can be found within a few hundred metres.

    Activities and attractions here include: The Fish hatchries and aquarium, The happy hen house and craft store, 1908 cafe amd many more.

    My Grandfathers old boatshead Portobellow and Harbour Cone On the Bay Road
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    Long Beach

    by cannedbeets Written Jun 2, 2007

    Long beach is one of the many amazing beaches in Dunedin, but with the added goodness of a giant cave! You can bring some wood, food, and beer (in riggers (plastic 2 liter bottles) acquired from the McDuffs microbrewery for cheap!) and have a party with your mates in the cave. It's huge, with smaller caves in the back for exploring. To give you a good estimate of the size, raves used to be held there (Crave) but the ecological impact was a little much. No need for tents and a great way to escape the inevitable rain. If your lucky there might be some phosphoressence in the sand and water, always a treat. It's a bit of a mission from the parking lot (about a km on the beach) till the cave. I advise you get organised with wood ect BEFORE it gets dark, but it is quite fun bumbling around losing your friends. You can also rock climb there if your so inclined. Don't forget pack out what you packed in. To get there go to Port Chalmers, take a left directly after getting in to PC and then the second right. Keep going until you get to the long beach sign (a right turn).

    Always a refreshing walk home in Dunedin Get back to your roots, hang in a cave Don't forget to turn right in about one min I swear I didn't photoshop the sun onto this pic
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  • Climb the world's Steepest Street!

    by froggieair Written Dec 4, 2004

    Baldwin St. in Dunedin is rated by the Guiness Book of World Records to be the steepest street in the world with a gradient of 39 degrees. It's absolutely amazing how cars can still go up when humans (like me) were already starting to pant less than halfway during the climb up. It's definitely worth paying this street a visit...whether for the climb or not. If your knees can't take the pressure, there are always steps with a handrail at one side.

    Baldwin St, Dunedin
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    Visit the "Pride of the South" brewery...

    by Tripack Updated Dec 5, 2004

    Before my NZ visit, I though that Steinlager was the #1 NZ beer. Shame on me, when I discover the tasteful Speights beer through a brewery visit organized by my hostel.

    The one and a half hour guided tours include a well earned tasting and beer appreciation session of a range of Speight's beers in the private Heritage Bar at the end of the tour (see my performance on the photo...). Unfortunately this brand is not (yet ;-) exported. So don't forget to drink one for me... Cheers !

    Located on the same site since 1876 the Speight's Brewery is under 5 minutes walk from the Octagon, the centre of Dunedin.

    Tripack Beerman !!!
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