Dunedin was our next stop on our way around New Zealand.
Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region. While Tauranga and Hamilton have eclipsed the city in population in recent years, it is considered to be one of the four main urban centres of New Zealand for historic, cultural, and geographic reasons. Dunedin was the largest city by territorial land area until superseded by Auckland on the creation of the Auckland Council in November 2010. Dunedin was the largest city in New Zealand by population until about 1900.
The Dunedin urban area lies on the central-eastern coast of Otago, surrounding the head of Otago Harbour. The harbour and hills around Dunedin are the remnants of an extinct volcano. The city suburbs extend out into the surrounding valleys and hills, onto the isthmus of theOtago Peninsula, and along the shores of the Otago Harbour and the Pacific Ocean.
The city’s largest industry is tertiary education – Dunedin is home to the University of Otago, New Zealand’s first university (1869), and theOtago Polytechnic. Students account for a large proportion of the population: 21.6 percent of the city’s population was aged between 15 and 24 at the 2006 census, compared to the New Zealand average of 14.2 percent.
Generally speaking, I try to stay away form big cities on my travels… simply because most big cities do not have a lot to offer except shopping and buildings. For someone who has only a few weeks in New Zealand, I wouldn’t recommend stopping in Dunedin. It was a neat city but nothing extremely special. The city is home to the oldest University, which is quite pretty (looks quite like an old English Uni). The Peninsula also has the worlds only accessible breeding grounds of the Albatross. The Peninsula is also an extraordinarily fun drive with one of the skinniest, windiest roads I’ve ever been on. The city is also home to the worlds steepest street!
Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand, is considered the world’s steepest residential street. It is located in the residential suburb of North East Valley, 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) northeast of Dunedin’s city centre. At its maximum, the slope of Baldwin Street is about 1:2.86 (19° or 35%). That is, for every 2.86 metres travelled horizontally, the elevation changes by 1 metre.