New Zealand Part 2:
Onto Dunedin… Down South. Way south.
First stop, and recommended by a friend who lived here, was to vintage shop. Now, my favourite way to shop (and not everyone’s cup of tea) is to trawl 2nd hand designer stores and the vintage kind. Note to self, you need time, a little luck and in my case, a babysitter – paramount to a successful shop! Inside Out on George St is very cool. I love buying local designers in the countries I travel to because it keeps that experience alive in the pieces you wear. Rather that than buying fridge magnets right?
Dunedin has a very rich history being the oldest city in NZ with amazing architecture, so visiting a few of the more tourist spots (especially with kiddies in tow) can teach them a lot.
Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory was a winning idea on mom’s part #justsaying. They have the coolest street art all over the city, buildings high, which I love.
Took a walk up (and down) the steepest residential street in the world, pregnant at the time, mind you! Baldwin Street. Cadburys make giant Jaffas (chocolate orange candies) and race them down here for charity in the month of July.
Restaurants to try – Vault 21, love the décor here and they serve Paua fritters – like perlemoen (or abelone) but native to NZ. Right up my alley. I have a vast palate, often to Neil’s horror, I tend to try the most unusual things on the menu when they’re offered. There is a good variety of places to eat in The Octagon in the city.
Number 7 Balmac and Vogel Street Kitchen
Vanguard on Princes St for it’s coffee and healthy board of endless delicious treats and breakfast! Winning.
The Perc Café also served a good coffee and had some interesting bits on the menu like red velvet latte.
The Standard Kitchen – healthy, delicious and fresh.
Esplanade on St Clairs beachfront. The only thing about Dunedin is it’s ability to change from sunshine to raining in roughly 10mins (the equivalent to driving from our hotel to the beach, yes…) which is exactly how we found Esplanade 🙂
One thing I do wish I had, was a car. You need to drive to see the country side of Otago with their wine farms and nature walks that will blow your mind. We did a beautiful local walk through Ross Creek but there are hikes and beaches in this neck of the woods which are definitely worth a visit! Have a look at mapmywalk.com or Dunedin City Council – walking tracks website. So many options…
This is a great city and we were really lucky we had great weather while we were here… They don’t call their local rugby side The Hurricanes for nothing!
Our hotel was right on the harbour with great access to the restaurants there and the shops in the city around the corner… Would grab coffee and just walk around the Waterfront.
Cuba Street, is a good place to start – quirky stores, cafes and bars. Great comic book store here called Graphic.
Fidels on Cuba came highly recommended and didn’t disappoint, cool bohemian vibe. Good food.
There are also great vintage 2nd hand stores which as I’ve said before, are my favourite places to shop. I like my bits to be as original as possible. Hunters and Collectors was amazing but there are others in the vicinity and off Cuba St worth a visit too.
Lambton Quay houses all your high street type stores if you that’s what you’re looking for…
Te Papa Musuem is excellent and hugely insightful! A ride up the Wellington Cable Car for a spectacular view and a walk down through the Botanic Gardens back into the city (only 40 mins) is cool for the kiddies as is Space Place at Carter Observatory – planetarium is great and is just 2 minutes walk from the cable car. I may have visited the Wellington Chocolate Factory too. I know I know…
Charley Noble and Foxglove on the waterfront are great. You can hire bikes or rollerblades and cruise around the Waterfront which goes on and on for 6km/7km. Its a picture.Unfortuantely I was feeling pretty ill on this leg so I didn’t get to visit all the restaurants I wanted to but we walked and took in as much beauty as we could…
In a nutshell, I love NZ. Its just such a beautiful country. Glacial waters and nature hikes to the wine farms. I would love to visit again with a little more freedom (and a little less cricket) and really experience the country and heritage, not just the cities.
Chat again soon…