The programme takes a break on Wednesday afternoon, giving delegates the opportunity to enjoy one of Dunedin’s many attractions. The main excursion will be a walk up to the top of Mount Cargill.
Walk up Mount Cargill
Mount Cargill is a 680 metre high volcanic outcrop, the highest point in the vicinity of Dunedin. It is about 15 kilometres north of the city centre and is easily recognizable because of the television transmitter built at the top in 1970. On a fine day there are magnificent views of Otago Harbour, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin itself and the coast north and south.
There are several walking tracks. We will start at Bethunes Gully in North Dunedin; transport will be provided to and from the starting point.
The walk is easy in the sense that good walking shoes and sensible clothing should be adequate, but it is a steady climb all the way. From Bethunes Gully the track first follows Lindsay Creek, then enters a pine plantation which gives way to native bush and open tussock in places. Near the top, the track circles the peak for a while and the summit is reached from the north. The return trip from Bethunes Gully takes about 3.5 to 4 hours.
Other excursions you may consider
- Advance booking is advisable as December is part of the peak tourist season
- Fares quoted are for one adult as at 1 August 2010; please check individual websites for up-to-date information.
Taieri Gorge train ride
Dunedin-Pukerangi-Dunedin: 2.30-6.30; $75 return Taieri Gorge
Monarch CruiseScenic bus tour + harbour cruise + wildlife cruise: 3.30 – 7.00; $87
With extra visit to penguin reserve: 1.30 – 7.00; $133
Royal Albatross Colony
Various options available Albatross Colony
Yellow-eyed penguin reserve
90-minute guided tours at various times Yellow-eyed penguin
2.00: 90 mins; $20 Speights
Cadbury World Tour
9.00–3.15: about 75 mins; $18 Cadbury World
For more information on Dunedin attractions: Dunedin tourism