The old psychiatric hospital Cherry Farm (also known as Hawkesbury Village) closed in 1992 and the former residential care facilities are now home to a growing number of families and a small selection of boutique food outlets.
Evansdale cheeses have had a factory here for more than a decade, and the increasing number of tourists stopping for a wedge of New Zealand brie is drawing more cottage businesses to this unusual shopping quarter.
SWIWI - Designer Love
Hoi (Swiss for Kia Ora)! To Joerg (Jörg) Agostini and Nicole Fehlmann, a Swiss couple gone Noozilid down to the boardies in Dunners. Joerg and Nicole live together and work together. I’m talking every day, people. Don’t know about you, but I can hardly stand the sight of myself most mornings, so struggle to imagine running a successful international design company with my Snugglebumpkins. What if you’re having a sh*t day and you hate each other? “Then you hate each other,” says Joerg. “There’s always plenty of work to be done, either way,” says Nicole. They started SWIWI Design (Swiss Kiwi – which makes me think of a kiwifruit covered in chocolate, or gumboots on snow) specialising in design for anything print or web, in January 2014 and have been together 10 years this January. “We start everything in January,” says Nicole.
On a windy Saturday afternoon I meet three friends outside the Savoy building on Moray Place. Where is it?
They ask, standing in a confused, huddled circle, looking to me for guidance. Let the games begin.
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.