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As part of the Otago 150’th Anniversary weekend the creative people at the Otago Museum set up a ‘Gold Fever Treasure Hunt’. Eager prospectors explored the galleries searching for golden clues. As usual, I found my inner child and had a go.

Each ‘prospector ‘wrote down the answer to the clues and counted up the number of a’s and u’s in the words written down (Au is the symbol of gold, of course!). At the end of the hunt, the number of a’s and u’s gave you a grid reference on a treasure map. I got it right (in the end) and was rewarded with a gold nugget - hokey pokey covered in chocolate.


It was impressive to see the number of families who were on the hunt, and yes the adults seemed to have as much fun as the kids. Once again, how lucky are Dunedinites to have such an amazing museum which offers interactive activities for free!

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SV Dunedin, the first ship to take frozen meat to England in 1882.
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The night sky as it was when Maui first arived.