Robert Blank is absorbed in the workings of the Bryan
Donkin Booster during an open day at the Dunedin Gasworks
Museum. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
An influential Asian travel site has picked Dunedin as
one of six must-see destinations for 2012.
The city joins Bagan (Burma), Langkawi (Malaysia), Mui Ne
(Vietnam), Gili Islands (Indonesia) and Cairns (Australia) as
the "great Asian travel destinations for 2012" on the
The Christchurch earthquake and aftershocks have made Dunedin
"the new tourism centre on the South Island".
"And visiting Dunedin is certainly a means of supporting the
South without feeling you are in danger of tremors and
liquefaction," the authors note.
"It's Dunedin's turn to shine and they have plenty to offer."
The article described the city's historic centre as quaint,
and highlighted a visit to Cadbury and the Dunedin Gasworks
"Or you can venture out about 30km to the splendid Otago
Peninsula to see wildlife such as seals, penguins and
albatross. There are also fine beaches here to explore."
For an extended trip, the website recommended taking the
Taieri Gorge Railway to Middlemarch, where visitors could
hire a bike and explore the Otago Central Rail Trail for a
day trip or the full journey.
Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton said the
website's recommendation backed up the work the regional
tourism organisation and tourism operators had been doing in
the Asian market.
"We are certainly seeing a number of tourism companies coming
to Dunedin or extending their stays in Dunedin ... as an
alternative to Christchurch."