14 quirky things you didn't know about Dunedin
THIS quirky little town in the South Island of New Zealand has a character like nowhere else.
The people of Dunedin are fun, friendly and love to take the piss out of themselves.
The town itself is stunning with an event calendar you'll want to be a part of.
And while we're on the topic, here are 13 things you probably didn't know about Dunedin:
- Dunedin is the celtic name for Edinburgh.
- You can see the stunning Aurora Australia from Tunnel Beach.
- The only mainland breeding colony of the Northern Royal Albatross, large majestic seabirds with a wingspan of three metres, is at the Otago Peninsula.
- Dunedin, and its surrounds, is home to some interesting locals, including the world's rarest penguin - the yellow-eyed penguin, the world's rarest sea lion - the New Zealand sea lion, New Zealand fur seals and little blue penguins.
- Dunedin's Baldwin Street is the steepest street in the world.
- Larnach Castle located on the Otago Peninsula is New Zealand's only castle.
- Dunedin Railway Station is the most photographed building in New Zealand.
- University of Otago, New Zealand's oldest university, was the first in the country to admit women to all its classes. It is also the South Island's largest employer.
- Otago Girls' High School was one of the first state run secondary schools for girls in the world.
- New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame is, in effect, New Zealand's national sports museum, the only one of its kind in the country.
- New Zealand's first authentic Chinese Garden - only the third outside of China and the first in the Southern Hemisphere - is found in Dunedin.
- The Otago Daily Times is New Zealand's first daily and oldest surviving newspaper.
- The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is New Zealand's first public art gallery.
- The Dunedin (1876-82) was the first ship to successfully transport refrigerated meat, helping set the stage for New Zealand's success as a major provider of agricultural exports, despite its extreme remoteness from most markets.
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