As we arrived at The Octagon, we dropped in for a quick look around in St. Paul’s Cathedral before going for our lunch. The Anglican cathedral was consecrated on February 1919.
Tall columns hold up an impressive vaulted ceiling which is commonly seen in a Gothic style church. While the whole church has a traditional look and feel, the chancel on the other hand, looks like one of a modern church with its white wall and a colourful cross.
After a late lunch and window shopping in George Street, we pushed on with the next item on the agenda.
From the shopping street, we walked back towards the railway station to visit Cadbury World. The building houses not only the retail shop but also a café, the manufacturing plant, office and warehouse.
The retail shop is a haven for chocolate lovers and those with sweet tooth. Cadbury merchandise such as T-shirts, caps are also sold.
From Cadbury we made our way to University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest university. It was quite nice walking through its sprawling main campus. The Gothic style university clock tower buildings were inspired by the main building of Glasgow University.
Students actually make up 20% of the city’s population which is the reason Dunedin is also known as a university city.
While in Dunedin, it’s also worth making a trip to the Otago Peninsula to discover New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle. Perched on a hill overlooking the Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle was built by William Larnach as a private residence for his family. To be honest, I think it’s more a family mansion rather than a castle.
William Larnach, a prominent merchant and politician took 3 years to build this superbly crafted castle and another 12 years to embellish the interiors with no expense spared. Unfortunately tragedies befell the Larnach family and William Larnach committed suicide in 1898. The castle was sold in 1906.
Today, it is owned by the Barker family who beautifully restored the castle and opens it to the public. Restoration and conservation works are still on-going at the castle.
A tour of the castle gave a glimpse of the lifestyle of the rich in the late 19th century. One will get a great view of the Otago Peninsula from the castle tower when the weather is good.
This sums up my short but enjoyable stay in this charming city.