Dunedin is a city in the south east of the South Island; the gateway to the beautiful Otago Peninsula and home to the world’s steepest street. You can visit the Cadbury’s Factory and the natural phenomenon of the Moeraki Boulders. It’s a nice place to come and get away from the tourist trap of Queenstown, spend a few days wandering around the old buildings and parks.
You can view the gothic spires of the First Church of Otago, visit the European style Dunedin Railway station and explore the shops and cafes surrounding The Octogon. I definitely recommend checking out Baldwin Street and Cadbury World too!
This is considered the world’s steepest residential street in the world, so steep that they had to use concrete because asphalt would run down the hill on a hot day. Whether you want to walk or drive up it, you can stop by the little shop at the bottom and grab yourself a certificate, no proof no glory! Here’s the facts from Wikipedia:
The 161.2 metres (529 ft) long top section climbs 47.2 metres (155 ft) vertically, an average gradient of 1:3.41. At its maximum, about 70 metres (230 ft) below the top, the slope of Baldwin Street is about 1:2.86 (19° or 35%). That is, for every 2.86 metres travelled horizontally, the elevation changes by 1 metre.
This place is awesome. It’s not just a factory tour…. they do take you around the factory to show you the history and how it’s made, but you also get a ton of free chocolate for answering any questions they give you, there is of course a gift shop, but the best part is the surprise at the end of the tour, housed inside one of the giant towers outside of the building. It’s like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A chocolate waterfall. Magical.
A beautiful stretch of beach north of Dunedin that is scattered with strange spherical boulders. Maori legend has it that the boulders are the remains of eel baskets, calabashes and kumara washed ashore from the wreck of Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe that brought the ancestors the Ngai Tahu people of the South Island.
The Otago Peninsula
This hilly finger of land that extends into the ocean makes for a beautiful day trip from the city if you have your own car. It’s home to New Zealand’s only ‘castle’ and the Otago University Marine Aquarium. You can spot seals in most places along the shore (just don’t get too close) along with pods of dolphins and wales if you’re lucky!
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