When Maui fished along the South Island of New Zealand it was from his canoe which, as the legend says, the South Island was established. The South Island continued to be the provider of food for the Maori people, with its many estuaries, sandy beaches, and rocky shores home to fish, birds and shellfish. Southern Maori moved with the seasons and exploited the rich reserves of the land. Explorer Captain James Cook sailed past on his circumnavigation of the country in the late 18th Century and the names he called several of the landmarks he could see from the southern ocean remain today. His reports of a bountiful coastline led to, just twenty years later, sealers and whalers camping on the shores and capturing the plentiful mammals for their oil. Some took Maori wives and were invited to live as members of the Maori communities.
By the 1850s, 12,000 immigrants had arrived and Dunedin was a bustling town. In the early 1860s, gold was discovered and the rush was on---making Dunedin the richest and most populace province in the country and bringing people from China and around the world to share in the wealth of the area.
Hulmes Court Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Dunedin is a beautiful 1860s Victorian mansion located in the centre of town. The house is an architectural treasure situated right in the heart of Dunedin providing quiet, comfortable, friendly Bed & Breakfast accommodation. When you are in Dunedin visit the wonderful attractions, such as the Otago Peninsula with Larnach Castle, Albatross Colony, penguins, seals, and wonderful walks, the southern hemisphere's finest Victorian architecture, New Zealand's oldest university, excellent night life and vitality that comes with being a busy university town. There is also the Taieri Gorge Excursion Train, Botanic Garden with world renowned rhododendrons, Hocken Library, Speights Brewery and much more.
Hulmes Court is just 2-3 minutes walk to the city centre, restaurants, theatres, information centre, Octagon, Art Gallery, and more. There is plenty of off-street parking in the grounds comprised of trees and gardens, providing tranquillity from the hustle and bustle so near by. You can move indoors, sit in front of the large marble fireplace and enjoy fine conversation in the Victorian drawing room. Your host Norman Wood and his staff are frequent travellers around New Zealand and the world and will provide you with a warm, friendly and informative stay in this beautiful city. Hulmes Court provides guests with a continental breakfast, free tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary laundry, mountain bikes, email, phone and fax (free for local calls). Also, included is Free wireless internet, laundry, off-street parking.
The original house was built by the provincial surgeon Edward Hulme who helped found the Otago Medical School. It is a Historic Places Trust registered building. There are fourteen bedrooms in two beautiful houses both on the original estate. Hulmes Court---with the large turret---is Victorian, Hulmes Too is Edwardian.
The half dozen neighbouring sandy beaches offer a wide range of leisure activities for the perfect relaxing vacation. Close by is the Otago Peninsula where you can see the worlds most endangered penguin---the yellow-eyed penguin---or the Rare New Zealand sea lions, the royal albatross,the little blue penguin, and fur seals in their natural habitat.
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