Dunedin

Dunedin, located on the Otago Coast, offers a diverse range of attractions and activities. The streets are lined with beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture, cafes, contemporary art galleries and shopping centres. The wildlife is spectacular, with the area home to sea lions, rare yellow eyed penguins and more. This cosmopolitan city has a unique historical charm and is a must see.

Dunedin, founded over 150 years ago, is renowned for it's preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage. Home to everything from intriguing wildlife to famous fashion designers, Dunedin is becoming increasingly more popular as a tourist destination. With natural beauty and cosmopolitan charm there is something for everyone in Dunedin.

Located halfway along the Otago Coastline, Dunedin offers visitors a dramatic landscape with towering hills, natural harbour and beautiful pastures. Historically Maori people first inhabited the area over 400 years ago and since then gold miners, whalers and Scottish and Chinese migrants have all settled there.

The streets of the inner city are lined with contemporary restaurants, cafes and shopping centres providing an intriguing contrast to the historical architecture. With all the benefits of a big city, Dunedin offers just that little bit more to it's visitors.

The University of Otago is located in Dunedin and brings a massive student population to the area. The student body makes up almost one fifth of the entire population of this region. Founded in 1869 the campus welcomes students from all over New Zealand and the World. The majority of students in 2006 were residents of the North Island there just to attend the university.

There is no shortage of things to do in this great city from art galleries to off road driving, museums to working farms, the theatre to helicopter tours. There is a growing arts scene in Dunedin supported with galleries and museums scattered all over the city. Considered to have the most well-preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage in the Southern Hemisphere, Dunedin's streets are filled with historical architecture. Taking a stroll around the streets will take you back to years gone by.

The wildlife is a must see in the area with the world's rarest penguins, fur seals, sea lions and albatrosses calling the Otago region home. There are a number of tours and cruises that allow you to witness these amazing creatures first hand. You should also visit the Larnach Castle - the only castle in the country. Built in 1871, the castle has been privately owned for over 40 years and is open for tours. In Dunedin you will find the Speights Brewery (founded in 1876). You can take a tour of the working brewery and see, smell and taste the beer as it's being made. After the tour you can stop in at the Brewery Bar to taste test the 3 Speights beers - known as 'the pride of the south.'

A number of New Zealand and International airlines fly into the Dunedin Airport (located 30 minutes out of the city). Dunedin can also be reached by car or bus.

There is a range of accommodation in Dunedin including home stays, B & B's, hotels, motels, backpackers and more.

Main Towns in the Dunedin Region

Other Towns in the Dunedin Region


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