Dunedin is the second largest city on New Zealand’s South Island and student paradise with 25,000 students flocking to the town each year to study.
Located in the Otago region, Dunedin offers everything that a student can desire: an abundance of accommodation, 24-hour fast food outlets and countless bottle shops and supermarkets stocking a wide range of alcoholic products (to be drunk in moderation of course) all within walking distance of the Otago University.
Destructive parties all days of the week and a lack of heating and insulation makes North Dunedin feel more like a temporary stop rather than a home but without fail the rental market will be swamped every semester with international students.
Security is not a worry in Dunedin as most people in North Dunedin, particularly in the student housing, do not lock their doors nor have issues with theft.
Dunedin is not just for students, who make up one quarter of the city’s population. It still has a lot to offer for anyone new to the area or a tourist passing through.
South Dunedin has become the shopping hub with large warehouses full of discounts running along Andersons Bay Road as well as the location of many cafes situated next to the surfing beaches.
Time in Dunedin is not complete without a tour of the Cadbury Factory for people of all ages or the Speight’s Brewery Tour for those seeking knowledge and samples of “the pride of the South’s” beer range.
There is the option of tackling Baldwin Street for those who have an endless supply of energy as it is marketed as the steepest street in the world. If this is not your sort of thing then there are the numerous free art galleries and museums all of which have constantly changing displays.
At must in while in Dunedin is a visit to the Otago Peninsula, home of seals, albatrosses and yellow-eyed penguins, as is a trip to the Moeraki Boulders, a collection of spherical rocks formed along the coastline adding an odd but intriguing character to the shoreline.
Fleur’s Place, a two minute drive from the Moeraki Boulders and voted the best café in New Zealand is worth a look for the rustic styling and views although money restrictions may prevent the purchase of Fleur’s fresh seafood dishes. Settling for an espresso coffee instead will still set you back 5 dollars.
Dunedin is not for everyone although worth a glimpse before taking another trip such as the four hour bus ride to Queenstown to participate in some of the extreme sports on offer. Hang gliding and jet boating through the Shotover Canyon are among the options to make the trip to Queenstown truly memorable and worthwhile.
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