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VIDEO – Visiting Dunedin, New Zealand, a rad little city by the sea

What’s up guys?

New year, new starts, new me. Ok, not really, I’m probably just the same, maybe 10 pounds heavier after all this Christmas feasting back home in the US, but I’d like to think I’m a whole new person!

Anywho, I have SO MUCH COOL STUFF I can’t wait to share with you guys in 2017, but I wanted to get started with a bang and something new and fresh – VIDEO!

I’ve been at this whole “blogging thing” for seven years. Seven freaking years, that’s an eternity in digital media, not to mention that’s the longest I’ve ever been committed to anything! And the only reason (I believe) that I am still around after all this time is because I am always trying to shake things up and do something new. Otherwise I would have gotten bored and moved on.

And 2017 will be all about that. I realized last year that boredom has started to creep into my travels. UH OH. While my travel style has changed and evolved over the years, I can definitely feel it shifting again as we speak. Now more than ever I am passionate than ever about trying out new and creative projects.

video visit dunedin

video visit dunedin

So where am I going with all this rambling?

Basically I wanted to kick of 2017 on the blog with something new and different – my first proper video project in years – introducing the amazing New Zealand city of Dunedin, one of my last adventures of 2016. I’ve toyed with it here and there but now I am committed to sharing a lot more videos on here and of my adventures and mess-ups around the world.

One of my best friends in Wanaka, is a crazy Russian blonde girl named Olya who makes the most creative and beautiful videos. I’ve known her for almost as long as I have lived in Wanaka and we’ve worked together on a few projects this past year, but now we are making it official and collaborating more this year.

So excited!

video visit dunedin

video visit dunedin

Our first adventure wasn’t too far – an easy and beautiful three hour drive from Wanaka will land you in the big little city of Dunedin.

Dunedin is a place I have visited on and off over the years because it’s our closest city on the South Island, but I had never really given it a thorough look as a travel location. Like with so many of us, we often don’t pay attention to our own backyard, right? Time for that to change.

I’m glad I finally opened my eyes because Dunedin is AWESOME. All caps.

It’s got an amazing emerging new culture scene with great foodie spots, local cafes, trendy new food product brands, pop ups everywhere and amazing street art. And right there you have the beautiful Central Otago coastline to enjoy. Within minutes you can be out of the colorful city and getting lost in stunning natural landscapes with crazy cool wildlife. For me it’s the epitome of urban meets nature. It’s a big small city that is young and fun and creative, what more could you ask for?

I have SO MUCH more to share about Dunedin, so stay tuned, but in the meantime, check out my video from my whirlwind long weekend in this cool little city and please subscribe to my Youtube channel for more visual adventures this year and let me know what you think in the comments!

What do you have planned for 2017? Any creative ventures? Have you been to Dunedin? What do you think? Spill!

video visit dunedin

video visit dunedin

video visit dunedin

video visit dunedin

video visit dunedin

video visit dunedin

Many thanks to Dunedin for hosting me on this adventure – like always I’m keeping it real – all opinions are my own, like you could expect less from me!

37 Responses to VIDEO – Visiting Dunedin, New Zealand, a rad little city by the sea

  1. Csaba & Bea January 10, 2017 at 3:10 am #

    Wow! Honestly we would never have thought of any cities when it’s about New Zealand. Just nature, nature, nature. But these street arts look so cool! And nature is also not far. 🙂 We love your photography and excited to see more of your videos!

    • Liz January 10, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

      Thank you, definitely check out Dunedin, it’s the best of both worlds and is the real New Zealand!

  2. kiwijo January 10, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    If you go in July you can see the annual Cadburys Jaffa Race down New Zealands steepest street :o)

    • Liz January 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

      omg haha!!!

  3. Renee January 10, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    Fantastic video! I look forward to more of your collaborations with Olya!

    • Liz January 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm #


  4. Priti January 10, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Off to Venice tomorrow & I have a flight booked to Romania and we are making plans for more! Looking forward to seeing new content 🙂 Happy New Year

    • Liz January 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

      Have a good trip!

  5. Siggi January 10, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    BEAUTIFUL photographs! You have such a great talent. I also love your last picture-they look like they are laughing! I just see them going LOLOLOL

    The Voyaging Viking

    • Liz January 11, 2017 at 11:41 am #


  6. Miss Kitty January 10, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

    I absolutely love Dunedin, and that’s not something I often say! I have also been there twice, which is a pretty high recommendation from me 🙂 Something about the old (for NZ!) buildings and the harbour… just beautiful.

    • Liz January 11, 2017 at 11:41 am #

      right? it’s so special!

  7. Pauline January 11, 2017 at 6:06 am #

    I loved the movie Liz!! I really just want to go there for eating, drinking and watching the street art. I was in Queenstown, I did not have time for Dunedin, no I can regret.

    • Liz January 11, 2017 at 11:42 am #


  8. Lila January 11, 2017 at 8:46 am #

    We spent Christmas Eve day and Christmas day in St. Clair Beach and touring the peninsula. We didn’t get to see all the cool spots in the city itself. Looks like we’ll have to visit again. Great video!

    • Liz January 11, 2017 at 11:42 am #

      oh that’s awesome!!

  9. Guru January 12, 2017 at 12:00 am #

    Fantastic Snaps, especially walking on beach with umbrella, keep writing about new adventurous tours.

    • Liz January 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

      Thanks will do!

  10. Faye January 12, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    Nice shots. The best word when I say New Zealand is beautiful. By the way, when is the best time to visit this place?

    • Liz January 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

      Any time of year is pretty awesome!

  11. Ron January 13, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    The wall art looked great. It must be quite a job keeping the image scale accurate when working on objects that large. The video is a smart addition to your blog.

    I checked out the picture of Olya for bite marks and the visible area looked OK. HaHa.

    • Liz January 14, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

      bite marks? what on earth do you mean?

  12. Suneé January 15, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

    Pretty cool video! NZ is slowly but surely climbing its way up my must-visit ladder. I can see why you love it so much. I’ve always thought international travel from that end of the world must be difficult, but you seem to manage just fine. Don’t the long flights to pretty much everywhere else wear you down?

    • Liz January 17, 2017 at 11:06 am #

      I mean, it’s not my favorite part but I’m used to it and it means you collect a lot more miles!

  13. Arianwen January 16, 2017 at 7:28 am #

    Wow! It looks beautiful! I’m currently back in New Zealand for my third time, but I still haven’t made it there. I’m hoping to get a visa through to live and work in Auckland so will definitely make the effort to visit!

    • Liz January 17, 2017 at 11:06 am #

      Oh awesome good luck!

  14. Jeremy, T1D Traveler January 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    New Zealand is a place I’ve never been on my travels, and it kind of hangs over all my trips in the background, like a distant location saying, “You know you’d rather be here…” Gotta get there someday with enough time and resources to see it all properly; I enjoy seeing the love of NZ that springs forth from your site Liz!

    • Liz January 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

      just jump!

  15. Bailey Strempel January 18, 2017 at 12:31 am #

    Such an inspiring read.
    I can’t wait until I take the leap and finally go to Dunedin and New Zealand their place is stunning.
    If you travel with your partner, then you may like self-driving and go on road trips. Both cities are a country for road-tripping you see all around nature things and much more.

    • Liz January 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm #


  16. Dmitri January 18, 2017 at 5:48 am #

    Great post!
    New Zealand is a very cool place to visit, not just outdoors, but the cities are awesome too. And the people are great!

    • Liz January 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      It really is!

  17. Thomas January 18, 2017 at 7:15 am #

    Wow… what a nice and colorful photography. Thanks Liz for this amazing topic. Video is very cool and details. Loved it:)

    • Liz January 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      Thank you!

  18. vinneve January 23, 2017 at 8:12 am #

    Awesome indeed! I miss NZ. Hope to be back home soon either for good or for a visit. 🙂

    • Liz January 23, 2017 at 10:45 am #



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