New Zealand Day Twelve: Dunedin Another Charming South Island City
I awoke in my hotel in Invercargill, one of the southernmost cities in the world, on a rainy and dreary morning. It was still dark when I left the hotel. I had to catch my bus to Dunedin at 8:15 a.m. and I wanted to get in a quick hike in the city.
My hotel was located near the railroad tracks and close to the docks. I decided to hike on the Estuary Boardwalk trail about a mile from my hotel. Invercargill is an important shipping port and I walked past many areas where shipping containers were stored. There were many commercial and industrial buildings in the area too.
I walked about a 1/2 mile along the estuary but had to return to pack and catch my bus. I encountered this mallard duck swimming in a storm drain near my hotel. Here is a link to more photos from my hike. New Zealand Day Twelve. invercargill morning walk February 17 2019.
When I planned my trip to New Zealand myself I wanted to see as much of the country as possible in my three weeks. So I had no one to blame for another early bus ride. I was fortunate this morning since the Interbus stop was just across from my hotel.
As we neared Dunedin we stopped at the airport to let off passengers and take a break, I grabbed a quick bite to eat so I could begin to explore Dunedin as soon as I arrived. Here is a link to some more photographs from my ride to Dunedin. New Zealand Day Twelve. Bus ride from Invercargill February 17 2019. After our break our bus stopped in the center of Dunedin. Not realizing how close my hotel was, I took a taxi. I arrived around noon and was told my room would not be available until 3 p.m.
Once I had my luggage stored at the Law Court hotel I walked back to the i-SITE located in center of the city. These sites are a must stop when one arrives in any city or town in New Zealand. Friendly and helpful staff provide local information on just about anything and can book and arrange tours. I quickly booked a tour to look for yellow-eyed penguins the next afternoon.
Of, course I had to stop in for a visit. St. Paul’s is the seat of the Anglican Church in Dunedin. Itis not as old as many of the churches I have visited on my travels having been built in 1915. Still I enjoyed it’s quiet splendor. Here is a link to some more photographs of this beautiful cathedral. New Zealand Day Twelve. St. Paul’s Cathedral. February 17 2019.
The city was crowded with students and their families. The Fall semester was beginning at Otago University. Dunedin has a large student population. I roamed it’s busy streets and walked on Stuart Street to the most photographed building in New Zealand, the Dunedin Railroad Station.
The building is now an art gallery and I took a quick peek inside before I continued on my walk.Here is a link to some more photographs of the Dunedin Railroad Station. New Zealand Day Twelve Dunedin Railroad Station February 17 2019.
It looks like some students had already arrived and were doing some partying before the semester began. It looks like college students are the same on the other side of the planet. And nothing has changed since my days in college, and that was a long time ago.
As well as some old and stately buildings. Here is a link to some more photos from my hike through the campus. New Zealand Day Twelve: Otago University Campus. February 17 2019.
It was around 4 p.m. when I finished my 5 mile hike. I checked into my room and worked on editing some photographs. I got hungry around 6 p.m and walked back to the center of town to eat at the most highly rated restaurant in the city, Bacchus. It was closed. I soon found most of the restaurants were closed. So I returned to my hotel and decided to eat there. The hotel was a modest place. There was a casino and the clientele was mostly blue collar. I got a very tasty and wholesome meal of a local fish with potatoes and vegetables.
It was so good I had to try the apple pie and ice cream. I was glad I did. I was full, and tired, and ready to sleep. I had a long day planned starting early the next morning. I feel asleep with pleasant thoughts of my adventures floating in my head. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk. New Zealand Day Twelve Afternoon walk. February 12 2019.