The man has been busting to go to ‘anything’ at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, it is New Zealand’s largest indoor arena, the home of the Highlanders rugby team and occasional concert venue. Late last year the man announced that he’d organised a wee trip to Dunedin to see Roger Waters play at said stadium.
Dunedin has always been a one night stand sort of destination for us. The thought of spending three days there did not excite me. I have vivid memories of gloomy weather, sea fog and the streets surrounding Otago University littered with broken glass.
On a positive note we had spent an absolutely stunning night at Larnach Castle the previous year, which I highly recommend. Ironically the weather on that occasion was foul, it was bitterly cold and we were surrounded by sea fog the entire time.
My challenge was discover the good stuff in Dunedin, to convince myself that this was a worthy destination. The weather in New Zealand was unusually hot during January, in fact the month of January had been our hottest on record. With the sun shining we set off.
The weather in Dunedin was spectacular.
St Kilda Beach in the foreground, St Clair in the distance. The beachfront cafes at St Clair did not disappoint.
Our accommodation was centrally located, in George Street, we walked everywhere. This enabled us to take full advantage of all the lovely bars in the city. The stifling heat necessitated lots of beer drinking, of course.
A must do is the Dunedin Street Art Trail. Armed with our map we spent a morning exploring the inner city, discovering art.
Of course we finished our little jaunt off with a well-earned beer at The Duke of Wellington, which was conveniently located near mural number 37.
Lots of unexpected discoveries, Dunedin is an op shoppers paradise, I suppose this is to be expected in a university city. Everything was a third of the price you’d pay in Auckland. Second hand furniture, antique finds were eye-wateringly cheap. There are a plethora of second-hand book shops, allow time to explore. With a lot less traffic it is easier to get around, whether you’re in a car or on foot. Finally the café scene is alive and kicking, serving a wide variety of food, not just your standard fare.
Another must do, if you have wheels, is to drive north to Moeraki and dine at Fleurs Place. An easy hours drive, the seafood restaurant sits on the water front at Moeraki Bay. Local fishing boats supplying fresh fish daily. It was our second visit, keen to try something different we shared the Kai Platter. A gourmet feast of smoked fish, groper, eel, flounder, lemon and cream fish. Pickled fish and mussels, raw fish and a large bowl of shellfish.
For those of you who are feeling daring you could always try the muttonbird.
Ironically we booked tickets on the Taieri Gorge Railway, unfortunately the trip was cancelled. Sea fog at the harbour entrance prevented cruise ships from entering the harbour. A large percentage of the train had been set aside for cruise ship passengers. Oh dear, never mind.
Our evening at the Forsyth Barr Stadium ticked all the boxes, an easy walk from our accommodation, the magnificent covered stand and great music.
Dunedin you rock! Sunshine, great sights, delicious food and excellent company what more could a girl want. I’m convinced.
On a more teachery note, with all this convincing going on, persuasive writing came to mind. I have created a resource that could be used as an introductory activity in persuasive writing. There are three versions, yr1-3, yr4-5, yr6-8. Naturally modelling will have to take place, most importantly choose the version that is suitable for your individual students. As always I love to add an artistic element, a thoughtful character and an outline for arty students to draw their own thoughtful cartoon character.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Ka kite ano.