Church in Dunedin
My first full day in Dunedin was a busy one! I walked around and got a feel for the city, did a tour at the Cadbury factory, walked to the steepest street in the world and then hiked my ass up it, hit up the Dunedin public art gallery and rented a bike for tomorrow. Phew, Im beat!
Cadbury factory : was your typical tour, this is what’s in chocolate, this is how we make chocolate, now taste some chocolate. Not really that exciting, but I expected that much. It was tasty, but not worth the $18 for admission. If you are looking to kill time, as I was then it is a time filler.
Baldwin St, Dunedin New Zealand. The Steepest St in the world. The picture really doesnt do it justice. It is steep.. really.
Bladwin Street – the steepest street in the world: there are tours and a bus that runs out to it, but I decided to walk it. It took about 45 mins from the city octagon. It does live up to the record. It’s a really steep ass hill, that I wouldn’t want to live on. I couldn’t imagine carrying your groceries or even driving standard on it. If it were in Canada during our snow season, no winter tire in the world would make it up it.
Dunedin Grafitti- it wasnt part of the art gallery... but i liked it
Dunedin Public Art Gallery: this was probably the best thing of the day. There was a wide variety of artwork and some of it was really old. I spent a good hour and half there and for me that says something. There was a school going through so I kind of tagged a long in the back letting the tour guide explain everything.
Cycle Surgery: I can rent a bike from a shop called Cycle Surgery. They had a Scott Scaple, which is a mtb hardtail, that I can take out tomorrow and Sunday. The best thing, if it happens, is that I met a kiwi rider on my walk back from Baldwin St. He was at a petrol station and I noticed his bike on the back of his car. It was a big all-mountain bike, so I figured he would be the guy to ask about trails and where to ride. Turns out he is hitting up some trails tomorrow, somewhere 2hrs outside of the city. He tells me it’s the best riding around and offered to take me out. I think he wants to head out early morning to ride and I cannot pickup the bike until 930am so I may miss the ride. Either way it was such a nice gesture – so kiwi. I know there is some access to trails around here as well, so even if it doesn’t play out I still have another option. I just really hope the rain holds off!
This is the Hilton in Dunedin. Nice place. Take note of the motorcycle in the doorway.
Dunedin: It’s a nice city, has Otago University really close to downtown and has a friendly vibe. I don’t think anyone would need to spend more than 2 days here.
If I cannot ride for the next two days I have no idea what to do here. I really do not want to do another tour ie Speights. Even though it is beer and I love beer – it’s still just a walking tour with a few samples.
I still have to hit up a grocery store to grab some food for tonight and for riding. Ill most likely hang around the hostel and shoot the shit with whoever is staying here. I know the Irish girls and Scandinavian boys moved on, so that leaves me with the Brit; who is a cool guy and a Yankee doodle.
I have taken some photos just do not have time on the internet to post them. Will do when I get back to Auckland.