Dunedin, New Zealand

Our tour of this well-preserved Victorian city was full of interesting places! We stopped at Baldwin Street- the former world’s steepest street which presented a challenge to these three to climb! The incline in the background was steeper than this photo presents!

Otago University, New Zealand first university, is home to over 20,000 students who travel from all over the country to study on this beautiful campus! It has the Nation’s only Law School and Medical School. The historical clock town seen below is one of the most treasured buildings in the area.

The infamous Railway station, with it’s ornate Flemish Rennaissance-style architecture, is the most photographed building in New Zealand. Inside we found a mosaic floor using 750,000 Milton tiles!

We were also able to visit the Botanical Gardens today. We managed to be there between rainstorms and loved meeting exotic birds in the aviaries and wandering amongst the rhodedenron trees! We kid you not!! They were huge!

After our city sightseeing tour, we enjoyed the most breathtaking scenery of Otago Peninsula:  rugged beaches and bays, breathtaking views over the harbor and ocean via Highcliff Road. The unique, rugged high-country scenery of the South Island has inspired artists, photographers and filmmakers for years.  It is home to the only breeding colony of Albatross and the world’s rarest penguins, the Yellow Eyed Penguin.

We had a guided tour at the beautiful Larnach Castle with its spectacular gardens!  It is the only castle in New Zealand, has a rich history, and interesting family drama that dates back to 1871.

Our final stop was back in the city where we had time to shop at the Octagon, an eight-sided plaza in the business district, and visit the historic First Church.

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