Best Dunedin Museums

For the most part, when European settlers arrived in New Zealand, they started in the north near the Bay of Islands and gradually worked their way south. Dunedin, however, is a curious exception, and this blustery port town to the south of Christchurch was one of the nation’s first European settlements. In the 1820s, salt-crusted sealers would seek safety and shelter inside protected Otago harbor, and it wasn’t long before a Scottish settlement slowly took root on shore. The University of Otago—New Zealand’s oldest—was established in 1869, and the discovery of gold in the Otago plains meant the rush to Dunedin was on. There is more history in this South Island town than almost anywhere else in New Zealand, and the best Dunedin museums are ones that highlight this vibrant past.

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August 13, 2014 by
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Buying Local in Queenstown

When taking a tour of the South Island of New Zealand, help support local farmers and artisans by buying local in Queentown.

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August 6, 2014 by
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Where to go Skiing Near Queenstown

For southern hemisphere snow enthusiasts, the city of Queenstown is the place to be during ski season at the bottom of the world. Not only is Queenstown a pulsing epicenter of international, adventurous youth, but it is ideally situated near four resorts with some of the best skiing in New Zealand. Add to the mix the richly-blue lakes which seem to reflect the color of the sky, as well as the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps with their jagged ridges and spires, and Queenstown becomes an alpine playground that is as scenic as it is an adventure.

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July 16, 2014 by
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Taking a Day Trip to Okarito

Most travelers visit the west coast of New Zealand to fly over or go walking on glaciers. While there is no doubting the surreal experience of trekking on ice above a rainforest, the west coast of the South Island still has many adventures which have nothing to do with glaciers at all. One of those places is Okarito Lagoon, a coastal hamlet about 25 minutes north of the town of Franz Josef Glacier. For travelers who are basing themselves on the wild west coast, taking a day trip to Okarito is a way to experience a part of the South Island that the majority of visitors will usually pass right by.

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July 9, 2014 by
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Kaikoura Whale Watching in Winter

Everything about Kaikoura revolves around the sea. Even the name, “Kaikoura,” literally translates to “meal of crayfish” in the native Maori tongue, and all of the activities here — from surfing and scuba diving to swimming with dolphins — involve the blue Pacific Ocean that sits on the town’s front doorstep. Of all the town’s activities, […]

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July 2, 2014 by
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Visiting Milford Sound in Winter

Don’t get us wrong, there is never a bad time to experience the theater that nature has so eloquently built; it’s simply that certain months of the year are busier in Milford than others. Given the difference, visiting Milford Sound in winter can be an attractive alternative for travelers who shy away from crowds. Travelers who would prefer to trade the convenience of temperature for the much longed after serenity of silence. Yes, visiting Milford Sound in winter can be a bit more difficult than simply taking a Milford Sound day trip from Queenstown, but it’s a time of the year when the rugged nature of Fiordland is on its most brilliant and enchanting display.

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June 18, 2014 by
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