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Getting around in DUnedin

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Getting around in DUnedin

Hi

My family of 3 will be driving from CHristchurch to Dunedin around mid March,

staying at Dunthat Motel.

We're planning to explore the town such as Railway Station, Victorian Buildings, FIrst Church, Speight Brewery, Larnach castle and the world's steepest street !

Do we need to drive around in order to get to these places ?

Are they near to Dunthat Motel or even close to each other ?

Any help is much appreciated.

Thank you

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11. Re: Getting around in DUnedin

You can also see Blue Penguins in Oamaru (between Christchurch and Dunedin, about 90 minutes north of Dunedin). They come in at night when there is hardly any light left in the sky, but there are sometimes chicks in nests during the day. Admission is charged. Oamaru's Old Town is worth seeing, full of old buildings made from the local limestone (whitestone). If you would like to see the penguins come in at night in Oamaru, you'd have to spend the night in Oamaru. I would not suggest driving to Dunedin from there.

http://www.penguins.co.nz/

www.historicoamaru.co.nz/buildings.html

Otherwise, yes, you can see them at night at Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula. The road back (Portobello Road, is winding, but at least you would not be on the harbor side of the road. You will be on that side earlier in the day, when you are driving in on Portobello Road. You can avoid some of this drive by driving into the peninsula on Highcliff Road, which is also winding, but at least you wouldn't be on the cliff side. Go as slowly as you need to go. If there is another car behind you, pull over when you safely can do so.

Moeraki Boulders are 30 minutes south of Oamaru, or about an hour north of Dunedin. To get to Katiki Point Lighthouse, follow the signs for Moeraki (town or village), which will be after Moeraki Boulders. Once you take the turn-off for Moeraki village, follow the yellow signs for the lighthouse. I don't think you'll get lost, but if you do, just ask someone. Follow the path by the fence. Please stay on the path, make little noise, walk slowly and pay close attention to your surroundings as you never know what might be lying down on the path ahead, it could be a seal! It's best to go after 3 p.m. Katiki Point also has a penguin hide, where you can sit and watch the penguins come in.

…govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/…

Shag Point is off SH1 on the road to Dunedin after Moeraki. Lots of fur seals here.

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12. Re: Getting around in DUnedin

I meant, "I would not suggest driving to Dunedin from Oamaru after dark."

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13. Re: Getting around in DUnedin

Hi everyone,

Thanks a million for all your help. I had my Dunedin itinery done up according to recommendations.

Day 1 : Drive from CHC to Dunedin :

Stop at : Moeraki Boulders

Katiki Point, Moeraki Peninsula

Day 2 :

Morning : St Claire Esplanade for morning meal

Tunnel Beach

Afternoon : Speight ( for tour + lunch )

Royal Albatross Centre + Blue Penguins Pukekura

Day 3 : In Town

Baldwin Street

Cheers

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14. Re: Getting around in DUnedin

Below are detailed notes. Forgive me for repeating information you have previously received.

Most tourists take the scenic inland route from Christchurch to Dunedin via Lake Tekapo. It's beautiful, but longer and requires an overnight stay somewhere in between, such as Lake Tekapo, Mt. Cook Village, or Twizel. I guess you do not have time for this or perhaps your accommodations are already paid for and cannot be changed, but I thought I should make you aware of this longer, alternate route.

newzealand.com/int/…

The direct drive from Christchurch to Dunedin on SH1 will take 4.5 to 6 hours. If you are stopping at Moeraki Boulders and Katiki Point Lighthouse, then 6 to 6.5 hours. Remember to go the lighthouse after 4:30 p.m. Follow the gravel/dirt path along the fence. Walk slowly, look around you, don't make noise, and stay 10 metres from the wildlife. If you accidentally get too close, move away to give them space. They are vulnerable endangered species, and in March some of them will be extremely stressed because they will be moulting. Don't forget good walking shoes and extra memory disks for your camera. I was at Katiki Point last weekend and saw Yellow Eyed Penguins, Fur Seals, and one Sea Lion at about 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., but as the days grow shorter they will come in earlier. Don't forget to drop a small donation in the penguin box in the parking lot when you leave.

The weather is usually mild in March, but, still, bring clothing for wet, windy and cold weather. The weather can change quickly, even within a day. If viewing the Little Blue Penguins at Taiaroa Head, you'll have to stand outside on the viewing platform after dark. In addition to a warm jacket, you'll need gloves and a cap (not needed, if your jacket has a hood). You can buy cheap gloves and caps at the discount stores in New Zealand.

Your Dunedin activities look fine, not too busy. Most tourists visit Otago Peninsula on one day and city center attractions on another day, but your itinerary should work. The sun will set at around 7:30 in March. http://www.rasnz.org.nz/SRSStimes.shtml

You might need to prebook the Speight's Tour or a Cadbury Chocolate Factory Tour. These tours get especially busy when a cruise ship comes to town. The cruise ships leave by 6 p.m. Here's the cruise ship schedule:

portotago.co.nz/publications/cruise/DCCCruis…

Here's the link for Speight's Brewery tours:

speights.co.nz/Find-Speights/…Brewery-Tours

If it's sunny and you have time, I recommend you visit Dunedin Botanical Garden after Baldwin St., they're close to one another. You can find street parking on Great King St. or Opoho Road at the bottom of the garden to see the lower gardens, then park in one of the parking lots on Lovelock Avenue to visit the upper gardens and aviary. Here's a garden map showing free parking lots:

dunedinbotanicgarden.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf…

Parking is free in most places except for the CBD/downtown or directly in front of the Otago Museum (so just park a block away).

Don't go to Tunnel Beach if it's grey, rainy or too foggy, the track is best when it's sunny. If it's rainy, do indoor things, like visit the Otago Museum, Toitu Museum or the City Art Gallery.

If you have motel accommodations with a kitchenette, I recommend making your own breakfast and saving your money for lunches and/or dinners. It can be pricey going out for three meals a day, and it can slow you down, taking time away from your sightseeing. But definitely, have a look at St. Clair Beach. It's lovely on a sunny day, when surfers and swimmers are in the water and especially at low tide when the beach is widest.

It won't take you even 10 minutes to get from your hotel to St. Clair Beach. To get from your motel to St. Clair Beach, go straight down King Edwards St. , which becomes Prince Albert St, to the roundabout at Victoria Road. Go right along Victoria Road to Forbury Road, where you turn left (at Salt Restaurant and Metropole Apartments). The beach will be right in front of you. There is one block of restaurants and accommodations. There is also a small cafe with an excellent view at the St. Clair Saltwater Pool at the end of the beach. "Second Beach" is a short concealed track above and behind the swimming pool (it takes 7 minutes to walk to the end of this track).

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays you have the option of driving a few minutes to Lawyer's Head. It won't be much out of your way. To get there, you go straight at the Victoria Road roundabout. Lawyer's Head has sweeping views of the beaches below.

davidwallphoto.com/detail/…-New-Zealand.html

To get to Tunnel Beach from St. Clair Beach, take Cliffs Road at the end of the esplanade. Cliffs Road becomes Ravenswood Road. Go up Ravenswood Road to Aberdeen Road, where you turn left. Take Aberdeen Road to Isadore Road, where you turn right. Take Isadore Road to Middleton Road, where you turn left. After Middleton Road becomes Blackhead Beach Road, you'll see Tunnel Beach Road to your left. Parking is at the top of the track. Don't leave things that are valuable or look valuable in your car, and don't forget to lock it! It'll take you about 10 minutes to walk down the steep track, about 15 to 20 minutes to climb back up. The gravel can be slippery, so wear shoes with good tread. There's a fence you can hang onto for support, but don't touch the thorny plants. If you walk through the tunnel to the beach, watch out for slippery rocks. It will take you under 10 minutes to drive from St. Clair Beach to Tunnel Beach, if you follow my above directions. If you are there on a beautiful day, you will be rewarded for your efforts!

You have the option of seeing Tunnel Beach on you way out of Dunedin, if you are going to Te Anau or Queenstown, as it on the Scenic Southern Route. However, the problem with this is you wil have luggage in your car, which is a risk unless one of you stays with the car. If you go this way, to reach Queenstown, you just continue south along the coast through the beach communities of Waldronville and Brighton until you reach Taieri Mouth, where you turn onto Finlayson Road. This will take you to Lake Waihola, where you rejoin SH1, the main motorway that continues south to the turn-off for Queenstown. It takes a few minutes longer to go this way, but it is more scenic and less busy.

Lake Waihola is a good place for a short break. There are restrooms down by the lake. There is a popular fish and chips shop here and a small grocery store. You should fill up your gas tank in Dunedin, but if you forget, there is a filling station in Milton, about 15 minutes south of Lake Waihola.

Below is a link to a downloadable map of the Otago Peninsula. If you will be going to the Otago Peninsula after Speight's you'll want to take Portmouth Drive to Portobello Road then just keep driving. You also have the option of driving into the peninsula on Highcliff Road (see map below). Highcliff Road eventually connects to Portobello Road. Both roads have beautiful views, both are very curvy. When you leave Taiaroa Head after dark, after viewing the Little Blue Penguins, return to the city on Portobello Road.

dunedinnz.com/Libraries/Documents/Otago_Peni…

You might want to visit some beaches on the Otago Peninsula, but only if you have lots of time. The easiest to get to is Allens Beach. Sandfly Bay is also pretty. To get down to the beach, you must glide down the sand dunes, but you have the option of just walking to the scenic overlook about five minutes walk from the parking area. The beaches do not have facilities, such as restrooms.

…govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/…

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Thanks PassarinhoAzul

For such detailed info ! : )

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