Dunedin city: islands in the flow

The stayers are the ones who really know Dunedin.


St Clair Beach. © Nursmail Photography

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Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Walk around Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, a partially restored and well-interpreted settlement from the 1880s. Read the story . . . 

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Nugget Point Tokata walks

Enjoy dramatic coastal views from the Tokata Lighthouse and spot seals, penguins and other seabirds on these short walks. Read the story . . . 

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Moeraki Boulders: those mysterious spheres

Just south of Oamaru, you’ve got this nice, sandy beach, right, but at a certain point there’s a collection of perfectly round boulders, some smooth-skinned and perfect, others fracturing along buttery veins of quartz, others eroded away to little more than a pile of quartzy rubble. Read the story . . . 

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Moeraki Boulders Walk

Take a walk to the Moeraki Boulders – geological marvels, exposed by erosion of sedimentary rocks laid down from 13 to 65 million years ago. Read the story . . . 

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Things I love about Dunedin

Take a trip to see the albatross of Otago Peninsula or discover the glory and tragedy of Olveston . . .  Read the story . . . 

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Central Otago: good curling to ye

No one really knows where the peculiar sport of curling originated, but there’s no doubt it was the Scots who took it to heart and kept it there when they migrated to New Zealand, just in case they found climate and terrain suitable for play. Read the story . . . 

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Dunedin city: Edinburgh of the south

‘Dunedin’ is an ancient name for Edinburgh and the resemblance doesn’t stop at the names. Read the story . . . 

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Kicking the autumn leaves

Wellington poet Amelia Nurse has written about ‘the lake effect’ — the noticeable calming and smoothing of the ripples in brow and soul that occurs when you find yourself on the shores of a lake with time to spare. Read the story . . . 

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Otago Peninsula: prodigious wildlife and a bona fide castle

If ever you should tire of the splendours of Dunedin — preposterous though that proposition may sound — there’s always the Otago Peninsula, extending from the city itself to the northeast, ending in the southern headland of the entrance to the harbour. Read the story . . . 

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Southern Lakes: a place for all seasons

In the constellation of New Zealand’s star attractions, the Southern Lakes region burns so bright that, if it were up in the sky, it would be visible in full daylight. Read the story . . . 

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Otago Peninsula: catching the wind

Otago Peninsula is the ruins of a gutted volcano, an eroded pudding of lava that cradles in its arms the most glorious city harbour on the face of the earth — the Otago Harbour. Read the story . . . 

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Clutha: a land of giants

If you’re reading this you’re a certain kind of traveller: one who knows how the vagaries of unpredictable weather can enhance the magic of a place, how a pristine place to stay and the enchantment of fine dining can distract one from getting beneath the skin of an area. Read the story . . . 

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