Dunedin's consistent surf and stunning coastal scenery is
being promoted internationally.
Australian surfer, photographer and blogger Eugene Tan has
spent the past few days in Dunedin exploring the coast with
Gisborne surfing legend Maz Quinn.
Mr Tan was impressed with the surf at Aramoana and Blackhead,
where he donned a wetsuit.
It was his first visit to Dunedin, prompted by Mr Quinn's
praise of the area.
''I did a tour of the North Island with Maz last year and he
couldn't stop talking about this place. You've got great
waves here. If you had warm water, it would be packed,'' Mr
Mr Tan said Dunedin's surf community was small but its warmth
made up for the water's ''stinging'' cold.
''Everyone is so great, so friendly.''
Despite being used to Sydney's warm weather and temperate
seas at Bondi Beach, Mr Tan said wetsuit technology had
''come such a long way'' there was no reason to steer clear
of the southern coast.
He lasted more than two hours at a time in the water around
Dunedin and was keen to return.
His photography from the trip and words of praise for Otago's
landscape, towns and people has been posted on his Aquabumps
website, which has 40,000 daily email subscribers, 150,000
unique reads every month and 58,000 Facebook followers.
Mr Tan also wrote about his experiences in Wanaka and
Queenstown, where he spent a couple of days before heading to
Tourism Dunedin was involved in hosting Mr Tan.