Jan 11

Day 19: Dunedin revisited

by in New Zealand Travel, Sightseeing NZ

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We met in Dunedin in 1979, where we were working at the time, so this was like a second homecoming, particularly for Ash who had lived here for five years. Ash went to Otago University and all his classmates also went back to their home cities or countries after graduation. He was an active radio amateur (ZL4LM) then, but most of his ham friends have passed on (become silent keys) or moved north, except for Stewart ZL4TH. Lesley barely remembers anyone she knew in Dunedin, so it feels odd to not have a lot of friends to look up in a familiar city.

We wandered across the Otago University complex. Most of the buildings are new, not surprising, given that 32 years have elapsed since we lived here. The twin University College (Unicol) buildings have had a facelift. Two lions guard the front steps now and the road in front of it has been blocked to make space for car parking. Ash lived on the top floor in Rooms 812 and 801 in 1978 and 1979. The two buildings were segregated then but are now co-ed. The balconies in the common rooms have some kind of perspex shields, presumably to stop people chundering over the edge or falling off.

 

Ash at Otago University

Ash at Otago University

 

Otago University

Otago University

University College

University College, Dunedin

We took the high road to Larnach Castle, a grand mansion built by a banker/politician over 100 years ago. We bought tickets for the garden only at $NZ12.50 each. The interior of such houses is much the same and we had seen many old homes over the years. You can’t wander into the grounds without buying a ticket (as some tourists parked outside were trying to do). The attraction is OK if you have not seen an old building, but nothing to write home about if you have been to Europe, or even Werribee Mansion near our home in Victoria.

 

Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle

We wandered back into the city and mostly window-shopped in the barely recognisable George Street. Dunedin was loosely modelled after Edinburgh, so the major street names are the same and roughly in the same position relative to one another.

The centre of the city is the Octagon, where a statue of Robert Burns looks over the passing traffic and at the railway station down Stuart St.

 

St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin

St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin

Dunedin Town Hall

Dunedin Town Hall in the Octagon

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station

The Cadbury factory tour was booked out, so we had to take the $5 mini tour through some unattractive exhibits. The factory tour does not allow cameras to be taken and you have to wear hair nets and protective clothing, as this is a working factory.

 

Cadbury chocolate

Cadbury chocolate at Cadbury World, Dunedin

Last big car trip tomorrow to Christchurch, so the car took 50.93 litres at a cost of NZ$102.82.

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