For the most part Dunedin is a big, industrial city. The biggest city (it seemed to me) that our tour visited. Downtown a few of us went on a tour of the Cadbury factory. Our tour guide was dressed a bit like an Oompa Loopma.
We hiked over a mile around the factory (which took up an entire city block), but up every flight of stairs and around every steaming hot chocolatey corner we were rewarded with more chocolate. Actually, after an hour of smelling chocolate, I had zero desire to eat any (sad, huh?)
The Dunedin area was not without the beauty that seems to come standard in New Zealand. We stopped off at Larnach Castle, where I made it up the very narrow turret to take pictures from the top (another triumph for me and my acrophobic knees).
and a display case with some Lord of the Rings items and a description of which scenes were shot nearby.
Middle Earth never seemed too far away, no matter how far we traveled in a day. Sir Peter Jackson is really New Zealand’s favorite son; and so far, New Zealanders don’t seem to mind all the fans who flock there to glimpse Middle Earth for themselves.