Dunedin was in the early days built on gold. This is an ‘old money’ town where the wealth has been retained. A proud and thrift Scottish heritage being the cultural drivers. Today Dunedin is a university town and whilst this new heritage is exciting and fun for the city, Dunedin’s establishment is missing the ‘old’ investment and business fun. Over recent decades Dunedin has been caught in a demographic vice that the citizens are now just breaking out.
Captain Cook first stood off what is now the coast of Dunedin between February 25, 1770 naming Cape Saunders on the Otago Peninsula and Saddle Hill. He reported penguins and seals in the vicinity, which led sealers to visit from the beginning of the 19th century.
In 1861 the discovery of gold at Gabriel's Gully, to the southwest, led to a rapid influx of population and saw Dunedin become New Zealand's first city by growth of population in 1865
For a city of just over 200,000 people the churches, courthouses and old infrastructural buildings are just magnificent. These structures are of cathedral standard befitting a population much greater. All driven by a period of much wealth.
Dunedin, the surrounding towns and the harbor determine a two to four day allowance for a visitor to delight in this city. The latitude is low and is generally cool to cold.