You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image. Mainland Dating owner Jane Metcalfe 41 , of Dunedin, said since the speed-dating business started in Dunedin in , it had put more than couples in committed relationships and resulted in more than weddings and the birth of more than babies. The business had expanded to include Invercargill, Timaru and Christchurch but demand had ''dropped off'' and speed-dating nights stopped in Timaru in , Invercargill in and in Dunedin last month. She continued the events in Christchurch but said they would not be held in Dunedin again until more people signalled they wanted the service. She believed the decline in demand was due to people using dating technology on smartphones, but said she would not change her business model to include a smartphone app.
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The history of New Zealand's Otago region tells the story of human settlement in one of the more isolated outliers of the inhabited earth. Its high latitude, elevation and distance from larger foreign and domestic population centers has defined Otago at each stage of its history. At that time the first European sealers and whalers arrived, followed by the founding of the colony of Dunedin , Otago's first city in Until the late 19th century the vast majority of permanent settlements in Otago Maori and European were on the eastern coast, which was rich in resources and has a more temperate climate.
Visit the historic gold mining town of Alexandra or the stone fruit capital of Cromwell. This town has a golden history, dating back to the s. In historic Clyde you can make yourself comfortable in a cafe or hire a mountain bike to explore the surrounding hills. Cromwell was established by gold miners, but now its treasure is stone fruit.