It seems ages since we had our short trip to Dunedin: we are back at work and daily life goes on. Anyway, to finish up a round up of our trip at the start of the year, here are some things to do indoors (and one outdoors) when the weather is not so good.
The Otago Museum focuses on “the natural, cultural and scientific stories of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand and the world”. In essence, the museum has an eclectic mix of wildlife and nature exhibits and historical material. The museum has been open at its present site since 1877. Below you can see part of a whale skeleton in the maritime section of the museum.
The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is well worth a visit, with a really good permanent exhibition and an ever changing round of guests exhibits. When we were there there was an exhibition of the works of Hone Papita Raukura ‘Ralph’ Hotere (Te Aupōuri) one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant artists in recent times. The picture below shows the upstairs hallway.
The Otago Settler’s Museum is probably my favourite museum in Dunedin. This museum traces the lives of the indigenous Māori and various migrant groups who have moved to the region. It is a wonderful collection of all sorts of objects, photographs and ephemera. Below you can see the room filled with photographs of the first settlers (including the splendid fellow in the kilt) and an 1848 advertisement as to why you should move to New Zealand (for an abundance of puddings?).
There are also some more modern items on display such as these clothes from the 1960s and a transport section including a home made caravan. Both museums and the gallery have free entrance.
Next to the museum is the Chinese Garden – of course not indoors, but well worth a visit for a quiet moment. It was a bit of a grey morning when we visited, but I am sure you get the idea of the place. There is a NZ$10 entrance fee.
Speight’s Brewery was very close to where we were staying, so we decided to do the tour. This takes you through the history of the brewery, and the original building and some of the old equipment used, ending with a brief view of the current setup and of course some beer tasting. Speight’s has been brewing in Dunedin since 1876, so is also part of the city’s history. The tour is NZ$25 for an adult and take just over an hour.
So that is the last post about our summer trip to Dunedin. We haven’t decided on out next one yet, but will share it here of course.
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