CWC 2015: Dunedin fact file

Key facts on CWC 2015 host city, Dunedin

  • Dunedin city sits on a long dormant volcanic cone at the head of Otago Harbour.
  • It is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most important settler cities
  • Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island and until 1900 was New Zealand’s largest city – thanks to the 1860s Otago gold rush 
  • Dunedin is the Celtic name for Edinburgh - original city plans based on Edinburgh had to be altered to accommodate hills and swamps
  • Scottish heritage is evident in Dunedin’s architecture and culture – haggis, a wee tipple and bagpipes are not hard to find here
  • Dunedin is a city of New Zealand ‘firsts’ - first university founded, first newspaper, first medical and dental schools, first female lawyer, first public art gallery
  • Larnach Castle located on the Otago Peninsula is New Zealand’s only castle
  • The Flemish-inspired Dunedin Railway Station is the most photographed building in New Zealand
  • University of Otago, the first university founded in New Zealand, was also the first in the country to admit women to all its classes. It is also the South Island’s largest employer
  • Otago Peninsula has some of the world’s rarest wildlife including the only mainland breeding colony of the northern royal albatross, as well as the yellow-eyed penguin, New Zealand sea lions, New Zealand fur seals and little blue penguins
  • Dunedin’s Baldwin Street is the steepest street in the world – each year 30,000 Jaffas (orange coated chocolate candies) are rolled down the street to support a local charity. A local man runs up and down the street 30 times a day
  • Otago Girls’ High School was one of the first state-run secondary schools for girls in the world
  • New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, considered New Zealand’s national sports museum, is the only one of its kind in the country
  • New Zealand’s first authentic Chinese Garden - only the third outside of China and the first in the southern hemisphere - is found in Dunedin
  • The Otago Daily Times is New Zealand’s first daily and oldest surviving independent newspaper
  • The Dunedin (1876-82) was the first ship to successfully transport refrigerated meat and helped set the stage for New Zealand’s success as a world provider of agricultural exports
  • Dunedin’s Ice Stadium has the biggest curling rink in the southern hemisphere
  • Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium is New Zealand’s largest indoor arena and the only stadium in the world where grass grows naturally under cover
  • Dunedin’s Scottish themed ‘Doon Bar’ offers a choice of more than 300 whiskeys 
  • Dunedin is home of the Nude Blacks, a naked rugby team made up of keen locals. They play the day of an All Blacks international rugby match, as a ‘curtain raiser’

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