Lonely Planet has announced Wellington as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit next year. Wellington is great, but I still reckon you can’t beat Dunedin on a good day. With a friend visiting from Wellington this past weekend, I was keen to show off some of Dunedin’s great seasonal attractions. So here’s my version of a Lonely Planet style potpourri of Dunedin experiences…
The Farmer’s Market is always worthwhile but especially pleasant when the sun is out. Try the whitebait fritters – second to none – and the boutique beers, breads and good coffee. Noelene and Dion Ombler’s Garden on Upper Junction Road is a little-known treasure. It is exquisite at this time of year — rhododendrons especially, and the entry fee is a donation to the Cancer Society. We skipped through the Boat Show (now the ‘Outdoor Show’) which was on at the Edgar Centre, where a couple of weeks ago we popped into the women’s lifestyle expo.
It’s school fair season now, with old-fashioned treats not to be missed. We stopped in on the Sacred Heart School fair in North East Valley. Some great pot plants and quality bric-a-brac. We secured a hand-knitted jersey for our boy for $5. Lunch at the historic Carey’s Bay Hotel, a friend’s 60th celebrations, some family time and a walk on the beach at Doctors Point capped off a pretty special weekend for us, but there’s plenty more on offer in the city that is home to one of the largest nature-documentary businesses in the world.
Lonely Planet 2012? You can’t beat Dunedin on a good day.