Tuesday, February 25, 2014

dunedin guide:

As promised here is a little guide to Dunedin with some of my picks for things to do, see and eat. While this isn't a definitive or very in depth guide, it is a list of my favourite spots.
Like I mentioned in previous posts, Dunedin has so much to offer and I truly think it is underrated, and definitely worth a stop when in New Zealand. 


Esplanade - down by St. Clair beach, this is one of my new favourite spots to eat in Dunedin. With a cool interior and super yum food, it's hard to be beat with it's view over the water.
The Good Oil - on George St, and near some local designer stores, it serves the best coffee in town in my humble opinion. 
Albar - a super cosy bar full of character just near the centre of town.
Velvet Burger - now this may be a bit controversial, but I'll be honest and say that I prefer the burgers at Velvet over those at Fergburger in Queenstown. Just sayin'!

There's lots of things to see in Dunedin, with some of the more famous being the Albatross Sanctuary, Larnachs Castle, the Cadbury factory and the harbour, however for me Dunedin is all about the beautiful coastline and architecture.
I highly recommend taking the Southern Scenic route down the coast and towards the Catlins. There you can stop off at places like Black Head, Tunnel Beach, Ocean View and the fishing village of Taieri Mouth. Other beaches worth checking out include Alan's Beach, Sandfly Bay, and of course St. Clair.

Architecturally, the railway station is definitely worth a look, with lots of beautiful details to take in. Walking around town you will notice most of the shops and buildings ooze character and are full of gorgeous elements.

the beautiful coast


Otago Farmers Market - every Saturday, rain, hail or shine is the Oatgo Farmers market, held at the historic Dunedin railway station. Farmers and growers from all over the region come here to sell their finest produce. It's buzzing with heaps of locals and the food is incredible. We were fortunate to have arrived smack bang in the middle of cherry season, and we gorged ourselves! So good!
DadaPlume and Company of Strangers - for fashion and accessories by local Dunedin and New Zealand designers, head to these super cool stores. Very inspiring and a great glimpse of innovative Kiwi design.
Preservation Society - if vintage is your thing, this is the place to go. I've found many unique and quality pieces in this store. Definitely worth a visit. 

left: dada right: dunedin railway

If you are planning to visit Dunedin, do check out the official tourism page too, as there is heaps of good stuff there to add to your list of things to do!

Monday, February 10, 2014

west coast, new zealand:

After travelling through Mount Aspiring National Park, and having originally started our trip on the east coast, we finally made it to the west coast of New Zealand. 
The west coast is known for its ruggedness, with wild weather and seas. I hadn't been in the area since I was a teenager, so I was super eager to return, due to it being a highlight from my very first trip to NZ back in the day. 
When we arrived it was grey, windy and cold with massive swell pounding the shore - what makes the west coast so beautiful. We explored a couple of beaches before having to head back to Wanaka to beat the closure of the pass for the evening. 
Oh New Zealand, so incredibly beautiful!

next: my little guide to Dunedin, one of New Zealand's most underrated cities.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

mount aspiring NP, new zealand:

We decided to make a day trip from Wanaka to the west coast via the Haast Pass and Mount Aspiring National Park. It's a beautiful drive with lush green forests, rivers and mountains making for some epic scenery. There are also a heap of walking tracks which lead to waterfalls and beautiful views of the area. I cannot begin to tell how perfect New Zealand is for driving and exploring, every corner it just SO beautiful.

next: the wild west coast.

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