Dunedin is a beautifully historic city with amazingly well-preserved buildings. Wherever you go in the city you will see stunning architecture from the early to mid-1800s onward.
The city center of Dunedin is filled with historic buildings worth checking out. Dunedin was the original national capital of New Zealand, drawing in sealers, whalers and gold mining, and as such housed the national stock exchange and parliament house. However, upon the founding of Auckland and Wellington, Dunedin was stripped of the title. Dunedin was originally founded by Scotish settlers, Presbyterians seeking to find a new home to freely and openly practice and as such the city is filled with cathedrals and churches.
Olevstone Historic Homestead
Olevstone Historic Homestead is a stunning home built in 1879 by David Edward Theomin, a wealthy British merchant who made his money in Melbourne before moving his family to Dunedin and constructed an illustrious mansion. He had two children who never had children, so upon their deaths, the family tree abruptly ended and the house was left to the city. Due to this fact, the house became a historically protected landmark and is perfectly preserved along with its contents.
Cargill’s Castle was another illustrious homestead constructed in 1877 on the city outskirts. The castle was built right on the edge of a cliff to overlook the ocean. However, due to coastal erosion, the building became structurally unsound and became abandoned, falling into disrepair. In order to access the castle, you will need to cut through private property and jump a fence or two in the outer suburbs. Technically the grounds are off limits, but are still accessible.
Speights Brewery was established in 1876 and immediately exploded in popularity. The most famous beer produced in the complex is Speights Gold Medal Ale, which won the Melbourne Exhibition for best beer in 1880, hence the title. An alehouse was also built on the grounds to serve the full selection of Speights beers and ciders.
The steepest street in the world and a great way to get your daily cardio.
Upon his visit to Dunedin in 2015, Prince Charles was lucky enough to have met me. I decided to wear a crown and wield a scepter to get into the mood for the occasion and was interviewed by three news stations which were broadcast nationally and made it into the local paper.