Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city, possessing a unique Scottish heritage and stunning architectural feats. Located on the South Island, Dunedin is famous for its wildlife reserves, home to rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the world’s only royal albatross breeding ground.
Things to do in Dunedin
Dunedin’s top attraction, Larnach Castle, is a must-see for its grand Victorian architecture and rich history. The castle was built during the 19th century by William Larnach, who spared no expense. Marvel at the castle’s Venetian glass windows, Welsh slate tiles and Italian marble accents.
Join a guided walking tour of Dunedin’s Old Town to discover the city’s key sights, including the Octagon, Speight’s Brewery, First Church and Dunedin Railway Station, an impressive Edwardian Baroque masterpiece. After working up an appetite, stop by Scotia Restaurant and Whisky Bar to try traditional Scottish haggis with a Kiwi twist.
Do you prefer sweet treats? Visit Dunedin’s Cadbury World to see the entire process of making chocolate and enjoy unlimited tastings. Discover Dunedin’s rich history at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, which chronicles the story of Otago’s people, from the first Maori tribes to the Scottish settlers.
A trip to Dunedin isn’t complete without exploring the Otago Peninsula. Wildlife enthusiasts can view albatross returning from sea to feed their chicks at Taiaroa Head or take a sunrise walk to see the rarest penguins in the world. Nature lovers can also hop across the large Moeraki Boulders and hike coastal trails at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
Getting around Dunedin
Dunedin is easy to navigate, thanks to extensive bus, rail and road networks. The city’s compact size makes sightseeing on foot easy, but taxis are also available. The Dunedin International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the city centre.