Dunedin and Otago Peninsula
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Ofter referred to as the Edinburgh of the South, Dunedin is a reasonable sized city by NZ standards with more than a hint of a Scottish influence. Arriving mid-afternoon, we dumped our bags and headed into the centre to catch the last of the days sun over a few beers in town.
Whilst Mam and Al headed off to the Taieri Gorge railway, Em, Ad and I had a lazy morning before a look down to St. Kilda beach for a stroll along the beach and a cuppa on the very pleasant esplanade. We couldn't possibly come to Dunedin and not do the Speights brewery tour. So later that day we spent an hour wandering around the brewery politely learning about the history of Speights and the brewing proces (of which I'm no more knowledgable) before finally getting to the 30-minute all-you-can-drink 'tasting' session (my favourite bit, free bar!) and the excellent meal at the end.
Nor could we pass up the chance to view the wildlife on the Otago peninsula. We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Yellow-eyed penguin, the most endagered in the world. We also saw sea lions and shags whilst being taken around a huge farm on the 'Natures Wonders Naturally' eight-wheeler.
Something else Dunedin lays proud claim to is Baldwin Street, which is officially the world's steepest street. And apart from that, unless you're a student, there's not much else to grab your attention in Dunedin before the surf starts up.