Jamie Durie has travelled the world but he’s never found anywhere like Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island.
I’ve been to New Zealand more than 15 times but every time I go back, I’m blown away all over again by the rare forms of plant life found there, the friendly people and the spectacular cities – not to mention the world-class wines!
And although the whole of New Zealand boasts this mix of breathtaking scenery and unique vegetation, one of the most fascinating places in the country is Dunedin – the second largest city on the South Island.
Besides the natural beauty of the landscape of Dunedin Botanic Gardens, during the colder months there’s a special feeling about the evenings, when the people gather in front of open fires at lavish restaurants and drink wine, making the large city feel more like a cosy village.
The days and nights might be cold but the rich autumn colours on display will warm you up. The months of March and May are the most spectacular times to visit to see the cascades of red and orange blossoms.
For a garden boy like myself, the plants that grow in Dunedin are like nothing else on the planet. It’s extraordinary what can and does grow there, like New Zealand native silver fern, seen on the All Black uniforms.
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To book a trip to Dunedin see www.flypacificblue.com for booking details. Packages start from $564 pp including airfares and four nights accommodation.