Nev’s Big Yellow bus
– much cheaper than the cruise ship tours and only about eight passengers – easy to get on & off.
We were picked up by Nev’s driver / guide and ferried the thirty minutes from Port Chalmers, where we docked, to the centre of Dunedin. The cruise company charged $15 for the shuttle service to / from Port Chalmers to Dunedin and Nev’s charge was $35 to pick us up from the ship and take us to Dunedin and then start a two hour tour in and around the city. No brainer really.
Coming alongside at Port Chalmers.
The Iona Presbyterian Church (1883) dominates the port area.
Dùn Èideann is the Scottish Gaelic spelling for Edinburgh, and Charles Kettle, the surveyor of Dunedin used the same construction plan to design Dunedin as was used for Edinburgh. His wish, in 1848, was to recreate a Scottish city in New Zealand.
He named all the streets in Dunedin after the streets in Edinburgh, and built the Dunedin buildings in the same Gothic Victorian style as Edinburgh, so you can still see this influence in many older Dunedin buildings.
We left the ship around 9.00 am and thirty minutes later arrived in Dunedin city centre, where we were dropped off to do our own ‘thing’ for an hour and a half.
Part of the main shopping street taken from the city centre market area – the Octagon Reserve.
The market was not a food market, but general item market and at 9.30 am it had not yet begun to trade properly. There were a few stalls operating, but we were more interested in the various local sites than shopping.
Regent Theater built in 1928, it can seat 2000 people. To help to keep it going, after the refurbishment in 2010, the management have an annual second hand book sale, which has grown to be the largest secondhand book sale in NZ, and some consider even in the southern hemisphere. The sale raises over $100,000 a year towards the upkeep of the theater. The books sell for about $1 each, having been donated for free by the residents of the city.
With my back to the theater and on the side of the market area this shows the town hall and St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral.
When cruise ships are in port the cathedral offers free organ recitals during the day.
The first church was built here in 1862, but the current cathedral was not started until 1915 when the foundation stone was laid. It was consecrated in 1919.
Picture from the internet my own effort was very poor.
The foundation stone of the town hall was laid in 1878 and the town hall opened in 1880. It has the feel of Edinburgh.
Dunedin and Edinburgh have been ‘twined’ since 1974.
I’m sorry to say, but the weather reminded me of Edinburgh as well – cold and windy with showers, and I had to wear long pants for warmth, and it was supposed to be summer! I’m sure I’ll get in to trouble for that remark. :-o)
After we’d wandered around on our own we joined the others for the tour of Dunedin and the surrounding area. The above picture is Otago Boys High school, founded in 1863 and is New Zealand’s oldest boys’ secondary school.
Baldwin Street, which is listed as the steepest residential street in the world.
The steep part is concrete because if it had been tarmac and during a hot summer the street would have melted and flowed downhill . . .
Once a year Cadbury’s have a sweet rolling event – Jaffas are released at the top and bounce their way down to be caught by hundreds of children
Jaffas from the internet
Picture off the internet showing the slope if the road is flat compared to the house.
Remember when railway stations were a work of art?
I suppose they would have had the same feeling that one gets today at an airport – but why do I prefer railway stations? For me, a railway station is far more romantic, think Casablanca .
The Silver Fern about to depart – will the lady with the blue bag make it?
The feel of solidarity – stained glass windows – very church like.
From the city it was just a short ride to some high points for the views.
Working our way down to sea level.
Swimming beach, but I wouldn’t fancy a swim at this beach considering there is little between it and the Antarctic. Perhaps if I wore a wet suite I’d brave the water.
We were still in the outer suburbs, when across the road the local sheep didn’t seem to mind our yellow bus. Dunedin can be seen across the hills.
It was the end of our tour and the next stop was our cruise ship, just in time for lunch.