We are very nearly at the end of what I hope you have found an interesting “trip around” New Zealand.
My next instalment brings me to Dunedin, a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history. Here I enjoy getting close to rare wildlife and soaking up the quirky city vibe.
Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country’s city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
I never miss any opportunity to drive up the Otago Peninsula – the views are endless and the beaches are beautifully rugged. On Dunedin’s doorstep you will also find incredible wildlife including the world’s rarest penguin colonies.
Just minutes from the central city is the sweeping white-sand beach of St Clair, it is a popular spot for surfing, swimming, walking, socialising or just dining out in the sunshine enjoying the wonderful view or watch the world go by.
Facing the wild blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean, St Clair Beach boasts New Zealand’s most consistent surf break and on any given day, summer or winter, the waves are a playground for local surfers.
But I love to relax at the end of the beach where sits the St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool, which dates back to 1884 and is one of the only heated seawater pools in New Zealand.