A Guided Tour of Dunedin

I was fortunate to get a guided tour of Dunedin, New Zealand’s only true University town, Andrew Kilsby, a Dunedin resident I became friends with through a mutual friend who I went to college with and who Andy attended high school with for a year in the United States. It was kind of him to take some time out of his busy schedule to show me some things I might not have seen on  my own.

Our first stop was Forsyth Barr Stadium, the newly constructed home of Dunedin’s professional rugby team, The Highlanders. It’s the only domed natural grass stadium in the world. It seats 20,000, and Andy is a season ticket holder.

Then it was a quick drive and walk around the Campus of the University of Otago. The campus had many beautiful, dignified old stone buildings. Andy said this is the only university setting in all of New Zealand where the students live together in one solid area surrounding the campus. To me, it looked like equal parts East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Madison.

We went from the college up to the top of Signal Hill, which overlooks Dunedin from the north. It was a great perspective to get before exploring the town on my own later that day and part of the next.

Andy on Baldwin Street

Our final sightseeing stop was Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street according to the Guiness Book of World Records. We drove up to the top, then spent some time trying to get some pictures which gave the street some perspective.

Andy also took me out to see his home, in one of Dunedin’s Southern Suburbs, then to one of his favorite restaurants, Luna, in the suburb of Roslyn, with great views overlooking the city. I had the smoked hoki and blue cheese fish cakes with walnut slaw, at his suggestion, and it was excellent.

I’m so appreciative to Andy for giving of his time and knowledge. It was great to see the city from a local’s perspective, especially one who is as passionate, proud and well-spoken about his city.

I’ll have more about Dunedin, a completely underrated gem, in a post-trip post.

One Response to “A Guided Tour of Dunedin”

  1. Leah Travels says:

    I hate that I didn't get to Dunedin. I guess that's just more reason to go back.

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