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Southern Destinations: March 22, 2018

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18 | southern holiday destinations dunedin | MarCh 2018 emerson’ s breWery & taproom discover dunedin’s diversity “Over the past 25 years we have been searching for the elusive Holy Ale, now Emerson’s has a new spiritual home to pursue our quest.” Emerson’s is about sharing, so get a group together or join one of our 60 minute guided tours through our brand new Brewery and Taproom. The tour will take you through a little bit of the history of how Emerson’s has been a pioneering force in the development of craft brewing in New Zealand. You will then be taken into the brewery, learning about all the aspects of the Emerson’s Brewing process, from milling the malt to packaging the finished product. There will be a chance to get your hands a little dirty in the Emerson’s Workshop, our 1200L Pilot Brewery incorporated into the middle of our Taproom. The tour finishes with a delightful sensory experience sampling six of our most famous beers. If you can’t bear to tear yourself away, stay on, sit down and enjoy a fantastic meal in an atmosphere that won’t be easily forgotten. Before you leave there is an opportunity to purchase an Emerson’s brew from one of 12 taps located in our cellar door and take a little bit of Emerson’s with you. Emerson’s Brewery and Taproom is located at 70 Anzac Ave, Dunedin or visit The Botanic Gardens occupy 28 acres in North Dunedin and was established by the early settlers. It is especially known for its spectacular rhododendron collection, Winter Garden and Alpine House. The Chinese Garden is a unique attraction and on the peninsula, Glenfalloch Woodland Garden is also popular. Baldwin Street is purported to be the world’s steepest residential street. There are races up it and down it and a fundraising event every year when millions of numbered Jaffa sweets are let loose at the top! Moana Pool is halfway up Stuart Street and has great facilities including an Olympic sized pool, diving pool, kids pool, hydro slide and fitness centre. Forsyth Barr Stadium is New Zealand’s only covered natural turf stadium with the versatility to host large sporting and cultural events. Surfing occurs at Dunedin’s popular St Clair Beach, you can stroll the sands of nearby St Kilda or the beaches of the peninsula such as Tunnel Beach with its fossils and sandstone arch. Dunedin Public Art Gallery is located in the Octagon and showcases local, national and international art. Otago Museum houses all manner of rare objects and special exhibitions but its best known attraction in the live butterfly rainforest experience, while the Toitu Settlers Museum records the history of Dunedin’s settlement and Scottish roots.. Dunedin’s hills and harbour offer several popular self guided walks including Signal Hill, Mt Cargill, Pineapple Track and around the city’s historic streets and buildings. Heritage is alive and well in Dunedin; Larnach’s Castle, Olveston, Otago University, The Casino, the Railway Station, First Church and the Law Courts. Natural Heritage abounds on the peninsula where you can see Royal Albatross, penguin colonies, fur seals and other marine attractions. BrEWErY TOUr cable court motel With 30 well-appointed studio and bedroom units, Cable Court Motel can ensure comfort and convenience during your stay in Dunedin. The ensuite rooms vary in size to accommodate couples, families or business travellers and include Sky TV and free Wifi with either a kitchenette of full kitchen facilities. The self-contained accommodation features off-street parking, is two minutes from the nearest bus and within easy reach of shops, cafes and restaurants. As well as being an ideal base for discovering Dunedin’s iconic city and peninsula attractions, the Cable Court Motel is superbly situated within walking distance of Dunedin Hospital, the University and the Forsyth Barr Stadium. Brewery tours and tastings daily from 10am. Taproom & Restaurant 10am till late. 70 Anzac Ave | Ph 03 477 1812 | • FREE Wi-Fi & carparking • Close to University, Hospital, Stadium & city centre Quote ‘Star’ when booking to get best available rate! 0800 838 525

MARCH 2018 | dunedin soutHeRn HolidAy destinAtions | 19 Have a Wild time in dunedin tHis april kingsgate – tHe ideal location Wild Dunedin's NZ Festival of Nature from 20-25th April offers over 60 events celebrating land, water, wildlife, sea and sky. Many of these events are free and wildlife tourism operators are offering generous discounts during the festival. There is something of interest for everyone in the six day festival. Take the walks as an example. Challenge yourself with a bit of an up hill walk to help raise funds for feeding the wildlife at Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Walk the coastal forest and along the estuary on a boardwalk. Dr Jane Goodall said of Orokonui, "My time there (Orokonui Ecosanctuary) was especially important me because it gave me some idea of how New Zealands native bush and wildlife used to look like and how it used to sound like. And its a wonderful example of Nature's resilience once dedicated people give her a chance." If you want to experience cultural history as well as the dramatic Huriawa Peninsula join Brendan of Puketeraki Rūnanga for easy walking guided tour at Karitane. Or be part of guided Nature Ramble of regenerating coastal forest and wetlands on the farm where the rare Yellow-Eyed Penguin is protected at Penguin Place on the Otago Peninsula. Take a day trip and go by train into Dunedin City's hinterland through the dramatic Taieri Gorge stopping off for a special festival guided walk to Sutton Salt Lake before carrying on by train to Middlemarch for lunch. Wild Dunedin has invited the arts community to join in the celebrations and an hour's walking tour around some of the international and local street artworks in the centre of the city will celebrate both art and nature with stories of the animals depicted in the street art. The festival is annual event that is anchored to April 22nd when we join other countries around the world to celebrate Earth Day. On Earth Day this year we have Fortune Theatre presenting a rehearsed play reading of "2071: the world we will leave our grandchildren". Chris Rapley's compelling and timely look at climate change was written with leading British playwright Duncan MacMillan. Earth Day's campaign in 2018 is to call for a stop to one use plastic bags and two touring zero-waste nomads are stopping off on their national tour to be part of the festival. They will present two free workshops on how to become a zero waste household and making skin care and bathroom products from waste products. This is just a sample of the more than 60 events over 6 days of festival. It is an opportunity to visit the Yellow- Eyed Penguins, NZ Furseal, NZ Sea Lion, the Royal Albatross, Pukekura the Little Blue Penguins, Takahe, and Tuatara all at a discounted rate over the festival. As Dr Jane Goodall said, "You (people of Dunedin) are so lucky to have so much amazing wildlife right there at your front doorstep". So join us in celebrating our amazing wildlife from 20-25 April. Booking information will be available mid March on www. Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin is right in the heart of the city, providing the ideal location for guests whether they are visiting for business or leisure. The central business district is right on your doorstep and you are within easy strolling distance of some of Dunedin’s best local attractions including the Speights Brewery and Cadbury Chocolate Factory. In house dining at Jimmy Cook’s Kiwi Kitchen sets the stage for a true Kiwi dining experience. Savour a mouth-watering selection of steaks, seafood, and other authentic Kiwiana favourites. And of course, complement your delicious meal with a glass of local wine. With 55 sunny, north facing, wellappointed guest rooms, the Kingsgate Hotel offers comfort, convenience and a warm welcome at any time of the year.