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Otago, New Zealand

Culture and History in Otago, New Zealand

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Dublin Bay Pottery

Wanaka

Arts & crafts

"My life is my pottery," Joy told me as she wrapped up my purchases in newspaper. She’s been a potter for thirty years now based in her country barn in tranquil Dublin Bay. I brought a beautiful pastel-green, clay tile with flowers imprinted from a wooden stamp that Joy picked up in India. There’s a good selection of functional and decorative ware including her kiln-fired art glass jewellery. All are one-offs, hand-made by Joy, so it’s well worth a stop-off on the road to the West Coast. Take the road to Dublin Bay off State Highway 6. The Pottery is signposted.

Dublin Bay Pottery
  • Prices: Joy, could you give us a few simple prices? Thank you.
  • Contact: 190 Dublin Bay Rd, RD 2, Wanaka
  • Tel: 03-443-1158
  • Fax: 03-443-1158
  • Cel: 027-460-1042
  • Email: joydublinbay@ihug.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Artisans' Co-operative Studio

Wanaka

Arts & crafts

Wanaka is known for its artsy community and there’s no better place to meet local artists or find out about art in the area than here. 10 local artists work from this co-operative arts and crafts studio and shop and you’ll see their work in the pottery, photography, woodwork, textiles, glass and jewellery on display.

Artisans' Co-operative Studio
  • Prices: Pieces of varying prices.
  • Contact: 54 Ardmore Street, Wanaka
  • Tel: 03-443-7578
  • Fax: 03-443-7960
  • Email: artisans-studio@hotmail.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Clutha River Cruises

Alexandra

History tours

Whispers of gold, greed and hard times permeate through the Roxburgh Gorge. Aussie Steve has a passion that will keep you enthralled as he presents the rocky dwellings, Chinese wild thyme and the most ancient orchid known to man, bear witness to the gold-mining rush that ripped through these parts. The setting is spectacular, the boat super-swish and the wine fully flowing as you cruise through the history and isolation of mining life. Fascinating stuff.

  • Prices: $95 pp. Includes refreshments midway through tour.
  • Tel: 021-355-489
  • Email: clutharivercruises@xtra.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Olveston

Dunedin

Museums

‘Olveston is an eloquent expression of one man's dream’, says the flyer. Recommended by all locals I came by, this historic house offers an intimate glimpse of the life-style of a privileged family in the early 1900's. It reflects a way of life enjoyed by just a few, but that represents a most important piece in the mosaic of early New Zealand life as a whole. Wander through the gardens before exploring the decorative detail of its Jacobean style, grace and grandeur.

Olveston
  • Prices: One-hour tours are $15 for adults and $6 for school-age children.
  • Contact: 42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin, Otago
  • Tel: 03-477-3320
  • Fax: 03-479-2094
  • Email: olveston@xtra.co.nz
  • Web: www.olveston.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Larnach Castle

Dunedin

Museums

If I tell you that this is New Zealand’s only castle, built in 1871, you probably won’t be that impressed. (Although it is old enough, I am told, to house a resident ghost). And yes, you will have seen older and more authentic castles elsewhere, but not many will have boasted such a beautiful setting as this one, right on the stunning Otago Peninsula just outside town. This is a great place to stop by for tea while exploring the peninsula and there is always something worth seeing in its renowned and beautiful garden.

Larnach Castle
  • Prices: Castle including grounds: $20 adult, $10 children (5 - 14). Gardens and grounds: $10 adult, $3 children.
  • Contact: 145 Camp Road, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin
  • Tel: 03-476-1616
  • Fax: 03-476-1574
  • Email: larnach@larnachcastle.co.nz
  • Web: www.larnachcastle.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Otago Highlights

  • Spend an afternoon on the Otago Penisula outside Dunedin where you'll come across impressive royal albatrosses, rare yellow-eyed penguins and noisy (and rather stinky) sea lions.
  • Wander through the streets of architecturally rich Dunedin and, after noting its uncanny resemblance to parts of Edinburgh, grab a great cup of coffee in one of the many cafés for which it is now famed.
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