Brisbane Airport BNE Issue 3 - page 17

Within half an hour you can ride
to the most remote locations,
without people, just gravel roads,
tracks, bush, beaches and wildlife
where local band the 3Ds recorded an album in their home town.
the tour…
Stick around after the 4pm tours for whiskey and haggis to
experience some of Dunedin’s Scottish heritage.
Also don’t miss…
The University of Otago, an architectural hotspot
as well as home to 20,000 students; St Clair Beach and Esplanade, an
unexpected contrast to other parts of the city.
A favourite building…
the Bing Harris Building for its intriguing spaces occupied by some of
the city’s most creative tenants followed by hot chocolate at Nectar Café
where the group can relax and interact with each other.
Athol’s picks you
might also like…
Dunedin Public Library and Governor’s Café; Botanic
Gardens and Moana Pool; and eat at Etrusco which occupies part of the
Haynes Buildings.
Style and Design
Dunedin hosts its own Fashion Week from 30 March to 6 April in the
historic Railway Station. The event shows there is no shortage of
design talent in Dunedin and Mild-Red designer Donna Tulloch,
who has been part of the event since it began 15 years ago, says the
fashion community in the city keeps getting stronger. “There’s more
innovation and more creative designers helping embed Dunedin on
the global fashion stage,” she says.
Where to shop…
According to Tulloch the iD Fashion Week
designer line-up provides the perfect shopping itinerary. Try
Marie Strauss’s take on vintage at Dada boutique, Carlson,
Tamsin Cooper’s accessories and clothing exquisitely finished
with hand-stitched beading and embroidery; Sara Munro’s
Company of Strangers and Deborah Lawson’s designs at
DEVa’L on George Street.
Artist and Moodie Tuesday designer Jon Thom also
suggests Plume, Belle Bird and Slick Willy’s on George
Street for a style fix while gallery hopping and break for a
coffee at Kiki Beware.
Thom moved to Dunedin to study health science but
switched early on to arts and design, then stayed in the city
to start his own business inspired by the community of
young artists.
Thom has sold works in the US, Europe and India
and his distinctive portraiture can be seen in the Artist’s
Room on Dowling Street or he happily shows visitors
through his studio in Anderson’s Bay.
Artists to look out
Anya Sinclair for expressive landscapes; Philip James
Frost’s colourful mixed media works can be spotted in a number
of Dunedin’s coolest spots; the crew at Bruce Studio Project
Space above the Two Chefs restaurant in Lower Stuart Street
for painting, print making, design and installation pieces and
see the artists’ studios where all the magic happens. Dunedin is
quite compact so it’s easy to do things within walking distance.
A gallery hopper’s tour should start at…
Toitu Otago
Settlers Museum then on to Dowling Street where a number
of Dunedin’s dealer galleries are, including Blue Oyster Gallery.
From there head to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery at the
Grab some lunch at…
Nova Restaurant and Café.
Then head to the university where the Central Library has
some amazing art on display as does the Hocken Library on
Anzac Avenue.
Like Brisbane, Dunedin is earning a reputation for being an incubator of
indie music. A result, says Thom, of new like-minds converging on the city,
drawn by the student population.
After hours…
Have drinks at Pequeno
in Moray Place, a quintessential Dunedin bar, especially when it’s cold
outside and the open fire is blazing; the Octagon for Carousel and Pop.
New Zealand has a reputation for being a destination of adventure and it’s
easy to go off the beaten track from Dunedin, the gateway to the Otago
region. Lonely Planet named the Otago Peninsula one of the top 10
bike rides in the world and reviewers on Tripadvisor rate Dunedin-based
Offtrack NZ tours in particular a unanimous 5 out of 5. Offtrack owner
and guide Nick Bekhuis is a local lad born and bred and leads tours on a
network of world-class tracks through the region that are half day, full day
or several days in length, tailored to riders of all levels.
“In Dunedin, you don’t have to go far to get away from it all, to get a
feeling of remoteness and serenity. Within half an hour you can ride to
the most remote locations, without people, just gravel roads, tracks, bush,
beaches and wildlife,” Nick says.
A first timer might like…
The loop that takes in Flagstaff and down
Nichols Creek Track, a beautiful piece of single track through regenerating
New Zealand native bush.
One of Nick’s favourite rides…
Mt Kyeburn
Stuart Street terrace houses
Mountain Bike Riding at Brighton Beach.
Left: Mild-Red A/W 2014
collection at iD Fashion Week
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