by Insiders Dunedin

There's something soulful about wandering a wild and historic city like Dunedin in the colder months. Leaves are yellowing and falling and the city's stone buildings look purposefully solid as the weather closes in. The little bars and cafes scream warmth and atmosphere with their yellow light spilling onto the footpath.

It all makes the opulence of Dunedin's new 4.5-star Distinction Dunedin Hotel even more appealing. Housed in what was the city's historic post office we're struck, as we enter, by its foyer's clean, modern confidence.

Our room is on the sixth floor and as the elevator rises its glass wall allows an ever expanding view across the city and harbour. We push "ground" and return to the foyer so we can do the trip up again.

When we reach our room we giggle. Everything we could want after a day exploring Dunedin's streets is provided. A stunning, deep, egg-shaped bath which easily swallows two adults. An opulent king-size bed. A couch we collapse into and don't want to leave. Free fudge, too.

But dinner at the hotel's Parcels restaurant is booked. The menu brings high expectations but they're immediately eclipsed by an entree of the finest pork belly we've ever tasted. Perfectly presented and prepared mains and desserts ensure our heightened expectations are satisfied.

The next morning we head to the historic Speight's Brewery for an hour-long guided tour. So much of the brewery's old plant has been kept and maintained, its vast copper pipes and kettles contrasting with the brewery's current ultra-modern machinery.

The tour ends with half an hour of earnest tasting. We sample  a couple of beers and get to pour our own. A city's heritage indoors, mixed with modern touches - perfectly Dunedin.



Post submitted by Craig Borley

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