Dunedin was named after Edinburgh in Scottish Gaelic language. That is why its name sometimes hard to pronounce. It is actually Duh-ni-den, and not Du-ne-din, as many people would say it.
What do I like about Dunedin the most? Everything is within a walking distance. I can walk to the university or to the supermarket or to my friends’ house.
The biggest attraction of this city is definitely the University Of Otago – the first University in New Zealand! It is also the home of the Otago Polytechnic.
And how do these two colleges affect the city?
Well, they attract many people from around the world to pursue their study here.
Throughout the year, the city is full of students. BUT when summer comes, the students desert Dunedin and the town is peacefully quiet. Sometimes I feel like I have the entire city to myself.
Since Dunedin is situated on the coast, it is surrounded by many beautiful beaches. You can choose to go to St. Clair Beach, Tunnel Beach, Brighton, Aramoana, Long Beach, Otago Peninsular (which is the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross), Waitati or even Taeri Beach.
There are not just beaches – Dunedin is also surrounded by lovely hills including Mt. Cargill, Signal Hill and Flag Staff, to name a few.
Compared to some other places around New Zealand, Dunedin can be quite chilly during the year, so it’s certainly worth bringing a warm jacket even in summer. But the cool weather is part of Dunedin’s charm, and helps make the city so unique ;).
Hmm, what else can you find in Dunedin? What about the steepest street in the world, called Baldwin St? Or how about the one and only castle in New Zealand, Larnach Castle?
See, I told you. There is more to Dunedin than meets the eye.
There are few more attractions that worth seeing in Dunedin. For example, you can go on a tour around the Cadbury chocolate factory. But don’t expect to have the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s experience or you will be disappointed :P.
To learn more about the history of Dunedin, Otago Settlers Museum will provide you with the answer. For some relaxation, you might just want to go to the Botanic Gardens (which even has its own aviary), or to the beautiful and serene Chinese Gardens.
Bottom line, do not underestimate Dunedin. If you think spending a day here would be enough, you might want to think again. Even I, who have lived here for more than six years now, haven’t had enough time to uncover the whole mystery of Dunedin!
My final words on Dunedin – Dunedin is… My Precious!
p/s:Soon I might have to say goodbye to Dunedin (if I could not get a permanent job down here)