Dunedin lies in the southeast of the South Island of New Zealand. The city is near a fine harbor with a narrow entrance. Along both sides of the harbor are hills with lush greenery. Archaeology shows that the place has been regularly occupied by humans since at least 1100 AD. Dunedin takes its name from the Gaelic name for Edinburgh. This is fitting because the town was established by Scots.


Today's Dunedin is a city of some 120,000 people. Its plan was laid out in 1848 by Charles Kettle, the surveyor. The center of the city is called the Octagon, a plaza area with eight sides. Feeding into the Octagon are broad avenues with shops, pubs, and cafes. This view looks from the Octagon southward toward the Rail Station.


Diane and Laura are standing at the entrance to the Rail Station which was built in 1901. It is a handsome building with carefully manicured shrubs in a broad plaza in front. Today the Rail Station serves as a shopping mall in addition to serving passengers.


On the Octagon's north side sits the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, the home parish of the Diocese of Dunedin. It crowns a hill and has a wonderful view of the city below. Dunedin is known today for engineering, bio-technology, and software, in addition to its deep-water port (at Port Chalmers).


We took time out at a small pub off the main thoroughfare in the city. The day of our visit was cold and threatened rain all day. The warmth of the pub provided a great break and a great lunch.


The Otago Peninsula, as the area is called, provides dramatic scenery and is home to a colony of albatross, to seals, and to yellow-eyed penguins. We were able to visit a reserve for these animals in a secluded area reached only by the special vehicles at left. Called "Argos" these vehicles can climb any hill and ford any stream with their eight wheel drive. See our visit and some of the Wildlife of New Zealand!

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