From Christchurch we knocked on south to the second largest city of the South Island, Dunedin. Dunedin was a far cry in difference from Christchurch, there was an energetic buzz around the place mainly due to the large student contingent here (University of Otago). Besides that, there too seemed to be plenty of culture here, plenty of old buildings and established famous businesses. Shopping is a big must too within the central "octagon" region around Moray Place bustling with enthusiastic shoppers.
We took a few of the important tours here in Dunedin, with the Cadbury's factory and the Speights brewery being the two most famous. The Speight's Brewery tour brought us right into the mechanics of the whole booze-making process, the ingredients used and a quick history lesson incorporating the big fire that destroyed the building back many years ago. To cap that tour off we got half an hour to try their range of ales and lagers for free in a special bar they had downstairs (freshest beer I've tasted anyway!). Needless to say, I was seeing some blurred lines coming out of that tour. The Cadbury's tour was also a treat. With a strict dress code into the factory, we got pulled through the various machines etc and given random chocolate treats as we went, leaving everybody with a little goody-bag of calories for the way home! I made sure I tackled the tour guide on a question that has been hanging over many of our Irish heads for a while regarding this chocolate! Many of the Irish that have moved to Australia or New Zealand say that the Cadbury's there does not taste the same as back home. When I first had my taste, I had to agree, there wasn't the same satisfaction particularly near the end of a mouthful! So I asked the tour lady and poised the question too that maybe it was to do with the addition of ingredients to prevent the chocolate from melting in warmer climates?! Her answer was simply this, all ingredients used for Cadbury's chocolates is the same, there are no other additives within, if there were it has to be named on the back of the wrapper. The apparent change in taste is most likely to do with the sourcing of ingredients e.g. New Zealand milk may taste different to that of Irish milk! Yea, so there ya go, but someone is lying somewhere!
Mark and I also took a walk down to the rugby stadium, Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin. We chanced our look and confidently wormed our way into the stadium grounds. It was very impressive, more so the enclosed transparent roof, which one could only imagine amplified the sound during big match days. We returned later that day to see some underage Otago boys play off a game, it was decent rugby for sure but the temperatures had plumeted so much at that hour of the evening that my attention wained greatly.
I really enjoyed Dunedin and would recommend for anyone wishing to work in New Zealand, particularly in a small city with a good buzz around. It has all the pubs and restaurants, a good nightlife, a bit of culture there to boast about and a few landmark businesses and monuments to check out in your spare time. Onwards westwards to check out some more of spectacular NZ, choice bro!
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