Hot spot for recreation
Normanby sits at the top of Dunedin’s North East Valley, where city gives way to countryside. Mount Mera is the small suburb of mostly ex-state houses that lies on the sunny, right-hand slopes of the valley above Normanby.
Recreational hot spot
Normanby residents enjoy two recreational areas; Forrester Park down Norwood Street and Bethune’s Gully at the base of Mount Cargill.
Forrester Park is home to the city’s main BMX club and circuit, as well as a soccer field, dog park and mountain-biking area.
Across the road, bikers are also regulars at Bethune’s Gully, where there is a selection of trails, as well as some great walking tracks – including a two-hour circuit to the top of Mount Cargill.
Youth Grow Garden Centre
Also down Norwood Street, is the Youth Grow Garden Centre. The centre runs a “life ready, work ready” programme for 16 year olds. The aim is to help young people build on their skills and find a job that’s right for them, while learning about cooking, planning and budgeting.
Rural outlooks and city accessibility
Residents of both Normanby and Mount Mera enjoy a rural outlook and proximity, with the countryside right on their doorstep.
However, they are also only a short bus ride into the city centre and beyond. The Normanby Tavern is a well-known landmark, being the spot where the bus turns around.