Hanna doesn’t have the fondest of memories of her time spent in Dunedin on our last trip. This university city is where she got the pleasant gift of pneumonia . She spent most of her days holed up in bed, so she didn’t see all too much of the city.
We planned only one full day in Dunedin this time around, so we needed to make it action-packed. Our first stop: the Otago Settlers Museum. Detailing the first settlers to the Dunedin area, this free museum was pretty cool. Our favorite part was dress-up:
While at the museum, we also managed to get a nice bike ride in:
The next stop was the most important. We had to go to the Cadbury Factory to see what chocolate was on sale. We did the tour last time and didn’t feel the need to do it again. The chocolate is actually cheaper at the grocery store across the street, but being the budget shoppers we are, we had to do a quick price comparison:
After a few bites of chocolate, it was off to the world’s steepest street. Mike climbed up on our last trip, but Hanna was on the verge of pneumonia and didn’t make the attempt. She was determined to make the climb this time. The street is about a quarter-mile long and really doesn’t look that steep from the bottom:
It takes about ten minutes to walk up, but we are proud to say that both of us made it this time:
Neither of us know how to drive stick, but we definitely wouldn’t want to learn on this street.
After a few more nibbles of chocolate, we regained our strength and drove over to the Botanic Gardens. We pretended we were botanists and took a ton of pictures of flowers (no, really, we did…Mike’s mom would be proud):
A third round of chocolate happened. We then decided to drive out to the Otago Peninsula to see what we could find. New Zealand’s only castle and an albatross center are on this peninsula, but our goal was to head to Sandfly Beach to find the penguins. Ten minutes of winding roads that hugged the water (sans guardrail) were enough for Hanna. Seeing as we rarely drive (and even more rarely drive on the left-hand side of the road), we decided to cut our losses and turn around. We found an easier road, and while we didn’t find penguins, we stumbled across a beautiful beach:
We really like Dunedin. It has a city feel with beautiful scenery (Hanna could do without the hills though), and we’re really glad we came back here. We stayed at the exact same hostel, though we didn’t read all seven Harry Potter books this time . The best part? Hanna didn’t get pneumonia!