Dunedin; Interesting, Historic and Beautiful

After not visiting Dunedin in over 30 years, we now visit twice a year.  However, while staying in the South Island we are becoming very regular guests to this great southern city.  Dunedin is such an interesting place to visit – there is so much to do.

Baldwin Street

According to the Guinness Book of Records, Baldwin Street is the steepest residential street in the world.  This is a great street to walk up and fortunately there is a seat half way up and at the top.  We think it’s easier walking up than walking down.  Though we have seen people drive their cars up.  Brilliant views from the top so well worth the walk up.  You need to walk up to truly experience the steepness of the street.

Seat at the top of Baldwin Street
Seat at the top of Baldwin Street

Dunedin Botanic Garden

The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand’s first botanic garden.  It is accessible for those who have mobility issues though there are some sloping paths to some areas.  You could easily spend several hours here especially if you’ve brought your picnic with you.  You have plenty of sites to choose from.  Or if you just want somewhere to escape to with a great book.

The Botanic Garden includes; the Arboretum, Camellia collection, herbs, native plants, water garden, tree trail as well as structures and statues.

Peter Pan
Peter Pan

Northern Cemetery

The Northern Cemetery opened in 1872.  Many New Zealand early settlers and founding residents are buried here.  We visited the cemetery both during the day and again at night on the The Six Feet Down Under Grave Tour – it was fun and scary.

Cemetery Night Tour
Cemetery Night Tour

Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell, Port Chalmers

This was a lovely discovery when we visited Port Chalmers.  The Dell is built in an old blue stone quarry.  The stone from the quarry was used to build the first buildings in Port Chalmers.  The Rhododendron Dell is amazing – the different colours are truly lovely.  The lookout is accessible by stairs and gives you a panoramic view of Port Chalmers.  Old photographs and historical information is also displayed at the lookout.

Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell
Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell

Port Chalmers

Port Chalmers is a small village that also encompasses the main port of Dunedin.  On our most recent visit, there were two cruise ships in the port.  If you’re in Dunedin and have time, a trip to Port Chalmers is a ‘must do’.

View from Lookout
View from Lookout

Aramoana

If you keep driving down the coast past Port Chalmers, you will end up in Aramoana.  The beach is tranquil and lovely.  There are no shops or streetlights there.  However, growing up in New Zealand, we remember the Aramoana massacre in which 13 people lost their lives in 1990.  Near the sand dunes the Aramoana Massacre Memorial is located.

Aramoana Massacre Memorial
Aramoana Massacre Memorial

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