Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city, a university city of Scottish heritage, which possesses a unique combination of cultural riches, fine architecture, and world-famous wildlife reserves on the Otago Peninsula. Situated on the south-eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Dunedin has a population of around 125,000 and is the main centre of Otago, a region recognized for its spectacular scenery. The sheer physical beauty of Dunedin—dramatic bush-covered hills, and valleys at the head of a long natural harbour—attracted Maori settlers to the site over four centuries ago. Then, in 1848, Scottish migrants established a town here, giving it the ancient name of Edinburgh. Thirteen years later gold was discovered about 120 kilometers inland, in Central Otago, and the small settlement of Dunedin became the centre for the nation’s wealth. Soaring cathedral spires, a magnificent Flemish-style railway station, fine banks and office blocks, a nineteenth-century castle, old university buildings, and a neo-gothic convent are among the city’s architectural treasures.
Dunedin experiences extended twilights during the months October to March with daylight lasting through to 10 pm in the height of Summer. Dunedin’s art gallery and museums contain some of the best collections in New Zealand. The Railway Station is the home of the Taieri Gorge Railway and most tour buses depart from the attractive Anzac Square in front of the Railway Station. The newly renovated Railway Station, only a five minute walk from the Octagon, displays its splendor outside as well as inside. The University of Otago is famous all over the world for its architecture as well as its involvement in medical sciences.
The Otago Peninsula which lies within the city boundaries has internationally renowned wildlife reserves, including the rare Royal Albatross breeding ground and Yellow-Eyed and Little Blue Penguin colonies.
Quality Hotel Cargills offers travellers premier hospitality and accommodation during their visit to Dunedin. With fifty well appointed accommodations and a friendly, warm atmosphere, Cargills is relaxed and professional. You’ll find this Dunedin hotel is the perfect venue whatever your occasion with comfortable accommodations, conference and function facilities, weddings, food and wine, casual meals, or just great coffee. With comfortable, spacious guest rooms Cargills Hotel has all of your accommodation requirements covered. With a beautiful courtyard setting you have the choice of corporate suites, studios, twins, family suites, and rooms with spa baths.
- 24 hour room service
- Tea/coffee facilities
- SKY television
- Phone jack for PC/Fax
- Iron/ironing board
- Either king, queen, double or single beds
- Free guests’ laundry
- Dry cleaning
- Cots and highchairs available on request
- Wireless broadband available
Cargills Atrium Restaurant & Bar serves a wide variety of fine food for breakfast and dinner, or for special functions. The evening a la carte menu features a selection of international and local cuisine, created from the very best of locally grown produce and seafood. They were the winners of the New Zealand Lamb & Beef Hallmark of Excellence from 2001 to 2010. The option of al fresco dining is available in the beautiful courtyard garden.
The adjacent Neesham lounge bar has a friendly atmosphere, making it an excellent location for a quick drink, conversation, a read, or to catch up on your favourite TV shows (SKY TV also available). French doors open onto a private and tranquil garden courtyard.
Alongside Northern Cemetery (Lovelock Avenue), it overlooks North Dunedin and the Tertiary Campus. The lookout commemorates poet Thomas Bracken, who is buried nearby. Bracken wrote the words of New Zealand’s national anthem.
At the summit of Signal Hill scenic reserve is a lookout, and a monument comprising two large bronze statues that commemorate 100 years of British sovereignty (1840 – 1940). Dunedin’s Scottish ties are recognised by the fact that a piece of rock from Edinburgh Castle is incorporated into the lookout.
Three peaks dominate Mt. Cargill, north of the city. Two walkways flank the mount. Vehicle access to the car park. Views of harbour, peninsula and city and almost half the Otago coastline.
Tussock and sub-alpine vegetation on the edge of the city centre. Enjoy a one hour return walk to the summit. Access off Whare Flat Road. Good views of the city, harbour and peninsula.
Located near the top of High Street. A plane table sets out surrounding features and there are splendid views down the harbour. The bronze bust of Rear-Admiral Richard Byrd (1888 – 1957) recalls the first sea-air exploration of the Antarctic.
Off Highcliff Road as you drive onto the Otago Peninsula, this stop provides another overview of the harbour, city and surrounding hills, this time looking north and north-east to Taiaroa Head.
Many attractions are close to the Quality Hotels Cargill and the friendly staff will be pleased to help gusts with tours and excursions information.
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