As the Octagon Experience trial enters its final phase some small scale retailers are happy to see cruise ship passengers being dropped off in the "heart of the city" again.
The colour, the sights, and - above all else - the sounds, made Bland Park anything BUT, during the Waitati Music Festival on Saturday.
Dunedin rock three-piece Honeybone play a final farewell show on Thursday before setting sail for Melbourne.
Anna Coddington Auckland musician Anna Coddington clocked up the frequent flier miles between her adopted home and Dunedin last year, and by the looks of it is set to do likewise in 2012. Chatting from Auckland, she says time with the whanau was a welcome break over Christmas. "Raglan for Christmas and Wellington for New Year's. Two of my favourite places."
Well, all but one of the major end-of-one-year, start-of-another music festivals have come and gone, leaving the music industry to continue chugging along, like Thomas the Tank Engine, in a business-as-usual fashion.
One of the many end-of-year music festivals is the Kaikoura Roots Festival, which is returning after a five-year hiatus on Saturday and Sunday, January 14-15.
Wellington band The Golden Awesome have played internationally, and have been around for a couple of years.
South Island musicians are represented strongly in the Best Folk Album category of this year's Tui awards, with acts from Westland, Canterbury and Otago all in the line-up.
True and dedicated fans of "the Dunedin Sound" will have tickets in their clammy palms in anticipation of seeing The Clean at Sammy's tomorrow night, to help celebrate Flying Nun's 30th birthday.
The good news is Midnight Youth are touring their new album across New Zealand. Bad news, Dunedinites will have to travel to Christchurch to see them as there is no Dunedin show on the calendar.
Wellington supergroup Fly My Pretties returns to Dunedin in the fourth incarnation of the pop-band-cum-travelling-circus.
Next month, legendary New Zealand record label Flying Nun celebrates its 30th anniversary with a host of shows up and down the country.
Dunedinite Julian Temple is a busy man, and he's about to get busier. He's just released his solo album, Nowhere Fast, at a release party at Taste Merchants in Stuart St.
Cut Off Your Hands lead singer Nick Johnston says the band has spent an inordinate amount of time on the road recently, enjoying playing in quality company at big festivals.
The Dunedin Celtic Arts Festival concerts at Knox Church include the "Portobello Years" performance tonight, featuring three-time Tui award winner Bob McNeill.