Friday 6th June 2014, 01:59pm
It was a huge honour to receive the TripAdvisor 2014 Travellers' Choice Award. It has been such a brilliant year and Sandy and I have put all our efforts into making our guests stay the best we can. We have reviewed everything we do, refined our practices and extended the extra for guests. On our holiday last year we were charged for internet, for laundry, for spa pool use, for minibar, and infact it was a continual charging machine. This reinforced our desire to not charge for extras that are just part of our everyday hospitality.
So I guess we owe thanks to the "service" we received, or didn't receive, on holiday.
We continue to enjoy sharing our home and city, and welcome guests as that - guests.
Throughout the year we have loved reading and listening to feedback from people who have stayed. We always read and listen carefully.
This award from TripAdvisor, Travellers' Choice 2014 is a special one as it's from guests.
Thank you. Thanks to those who have returned and we look forward to welcoming you again.
Sandy was trying hard to hold back a huge smile in this photo.
Tuesday 25th February 2014, 03:08pm
This has been one of the most disastrous breeding seasons for our endangered yellow-eyed penguins. Last year a mystery illness killed 68 adults, and this year chicks were struggling to survive. There appears to be a shortage of food which is leaving the chicks well underweight. La Nina conditions causing high sea surface temperatures has resulted in less food being available. The number of chicks is also well down on last year’s total. Supplementary feeding is underway to help the chicks.
Guests have still been enjoying seeing these wonderful penguins at Sandfly Bay and on tours. Just a reminder that you need to be in viewing hides at dusk to see the penguins return from their fishing. Loud groups and large numbers of people walking the sand will delay their return to their nests, and means no one will see anything.
Despite the worries, the excitement of seeing these yellow-eyed penguins and the photos snapped by guests continues to make this one of the highlights of the New Zealand holiday.
Wednesday 4th September 2013, 03:10pm
I’ve just looked at the list of exhibitions at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery for the next few months. The gallery couldn’t be more central, it’s right in the Octagon. Great coffee only metres away at Nova Café too.
Photography by Gregory Crewdson arrives at the end of September. The Among the Machines exhibition features work by Australian and New Zealand artists who interrogate relationships between utopia, technology, nature and place. This continues until 3 November.
Floral tributes in September and a Frances Hodgkin’s exhibition that focuses on Hodgkin’s works that depict the play of light on water is on display from mid October to the end of March. From 12 October an exhibition of collaborative work by Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert. Works from throughout New Zealand is being shown, some of their monumental, provocative sculptural joint installations.
From 23 November recent and new work by New Zealand-Korean artist Seung Yul Oh, who spans a wide range of media, will confound, amuse and delight you.
So plan in some time to enjoy. You might also like to check out the other galleries around Dunedin.
Thursday 25th April 2013, 02:37pm
Overlooking the Robbie Burns Statue in Octagon, two of Dunedin’s prominent historic buildings dominate. The St Paul’ Anglican Cathedral has steep steps to its grand entrance. The Municipal Chambers with amazing clock tower has an Italianate style.
First Church, designed by R A Lawson is one of New Zealand’s most impressive 19th century churches. It stands in Moray Place and has a grand spire. Know Church, Presbyterian, in George Street is another of the city’s grand churches.
The Dunedin Railway Station is a highly ornate Edwardian Baroque style building. Beautiful gardens in front finish this magnificent picture everyone is keen to snap.
The University of Otago original neo-gothic style clock tower and registry buildings are a delight. Now surrounded by many other great buildings of differing architectural styles and periods.
Then there are the numerous commercial buildings that add to Dunedin’s heritage, a collection of beautiful Victorian Buildings. In Princes Street the former BNZ and Grand Hotel, the Union Steam Ship Company Building, corner Water, Vogel & Cumberland Streets ( NZ’s most important office building ) and NZ’s first sky scrapper, The NZ Express Company Building in Bond Street reflect the vibrant commercial history of Dunedin.
Many heritage buildings are being restored to their former glory and like the Fortune Theatre, buildings are having a change from their original use.
There are several self guided walks and guided walks around our Heritage Buildings. These are available from teh iSITE Visitors Centre. Really interesting stuff!
Tuesday 12th February 2013, 08:50pm
Hazel House sits to the sun in the special micro climate of Hazelhurst. The location is ideal for travellers. Just 5 minutes drive to the centre of town, the Octagon, 3 minutes from the delights of St Clair, and 3 minutes from the start of the wonderful Otago Peninsula. Yes so close to everywhere you want to visit, and away from the high jinks and noise of North Dunedin.
At St Clair the choice of cafes / restaurants is enjoyed by guests who comment favourably about the food and the beauty of the beach. Dunedin is spoilt by choice of restaurants and the cluster around St Clair is well worth a visit.
The drive over the top road down the peninsula gives stunning views down the harbour. The wildlife is special and with choices again, this time tours offered, it’s amazing. Several tours pick up from Hazel House, but the self drive option is still popular.
Yes, it’s the ideal spot. Come and see for yourself. Join us for a glass of wine on the veranda.