Lure - Jewellery for All the Floors of Life’s Staircase.
While not known for much more than foot-stomping irritability, Rumpelstiltskin would love Lure, a place where gold is spun daily; a fairy tale tower full of artists prepared to let down their hair (actually, that might be Rapunzel, but let’s roll with it) and create objects to inspire impish greed. 12 jewellers from Otago are represented, 8 working out of this Edwardian building. Every floor of the winding staircase features banisters painted in different colours: 80s purple, 90s lime… the jewellers go back to alluvial times: “We’ve known each other 20 million years, since 1991” says Ann Culy. How do they manage to share such a small space without getting on each other’s proverbial? “We know when to shut up.”
DISCOVERY WORLD TROPICAL FOREST
Three levels of lush greenery, orchids, waterfalls, live fish and a humid heat that soothes the soul is worth the trip any idle day you have spare to explore with the kids.
Dunedin gets a bad rep for weather (and honestly if the whole truth got out, who knows how many North Islanders would move down here). I could spend time dispelling the myth but I will just concede that a couple of the winter months are a wee bit miserable and spring can be unpredictable! A warm, indoor adventure is exactly what this mum ordered a few weekends ago.
Ice Cream Heaven
Travel through north Dunedin and you may happen upon a long queue of people with happy expectant faces. It’s not a queue for tickets to an Adele concert; no this is an ice cream thing going on. The place is the Rob Roy Dairy, a popular choice in Dunedin for years and with 20 flavours of delicious creamy ice cream as well as a host of toppings there’s something for everyone. Success tells its own story Rob Roy diary was the biggest seller of Tip Top Scoop Ice cream in 2013, the quality of product and service and an extensive range pull in the crowds.
Re Burger - Viva la Re:volution!
“Man we got smashed today,” says Boris Reiber of Re:Burger (a man who likes alliteration), sprawled out on the grass of the museum reserve after a hectic lunch service on a summers day. Inside, Jano Swart is starting the clean-up. Hot outside? Imagine making burgers, fries and milkshakes in a metal box the size of a garden shed. “Its 40 degrees in there.”
Princes St Coffee Haunts
For many years the long grey trudge of Princes street hasn’t inspired commuters to linger. With a couple of sandwich shops and many derelict buildings, the walk from south to central Dunedin could be a little depressing.
But steadily Princes is undergoing a significant sea-change, with new coffee bars and street art livening up this once grand dame. Here are a few picks that make lower Princes street well-worth a linger on a Saturday morning - especially combined with a wander through Hayward's Auction House and a couple of the excellent second-hand bookstores in the area.