Mosgiel is the closest town to Dunedin International Airport
Mosgiel was named after Robert Burns, who was the uncle of the co-founder of the Otago Settlement, Reverend Thomas Burns. Robert Burns lived on a farm called “Mossgiel” in Ayrshire. Mosgiel is situated on the outskirts of an extinct volcano, now known as Scroggs Hill and Three Mile Hill. The south end of the town is directly sitting on a peak of this volcano, known as Saddle Hill. In February 1770, Captain James Cook described Saddle Hill as the landmark of East Mosgiel which looked like the shape of a horse saddle – this is how the hill was named. Mosgiel features in several Maori myths and legends. Today in Mosgiel, you will find a racecourse, a golf course, mini-golf, a swimming pool, schools, churches, and shops.
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