Dunedin was founded by the scots and means 'Edinburgh' in Celtic. It is the second largest on the south island. It is also the best place to see the rare yellow eyed penguins so was a must stop for Monica, while Nick preffered the attraction of Speights brewery and Cadburys chocolate factory !
We stopped at the information office to find out what there is to do in Dunedin before checking out a couple of hostels to find the best one.
We had a look around Dunedin before heading out to the Otago peninsula. We stopped at a few galleries before reaching the end of the peninsula where we sat and had lunch while hoping to see albatrosses (but saw none). We then had a tour at the penguin sanctuary and were lucky enough to be the only two people on the tour ! We saw the yellow eyed penguins from close up and it was breeding season so we even saw some of the eggs when one of them decided to have a bit of a stretch. The tour was very informative and of course it was another tick in the box for a different species of penguin seen !
On the way back we headed to the worlds steapest road called Baldwin Street. We feared that our car would not make it up as it is a gradient of 1:1.6 so we stopped at the bottom took pictures and then turned around !
In the evening we went to Speights for a brewery tour. Purely for Monicas interest as she works for breweries........ !!!! The tour was ok, but it seemed to have a bit of a museum feel, not a working brewery. The tasting at the end was very good though especially as Monica still doesnt like beer so more for Nick !!
The next morning we carried on our healthy theme by visiting the Cadbury factory which has the worlds biggest chocolate fountain ! It was a good tour with lots of chocolate. The smell of the chocolate was amazing.
Chalet Backpackers - good cheap option ($48) and has a homely feel, with all the necessary amenities
Penguin Place - Good place to see the yellow eyed penguins but quite expensive ($33pp)