1. Larnach Castle
New Zealand’s only castle was built in 1871 and has been beautifully restored throughout the years by the Barker family who currently own the castle. Admission into the castle will take you through the castle to see the tower, stables, grounds and ballroom café. Visitors can also tour the grounds to see the gardens which have a unique collection of different areas from the Alice Lawn to the Lost Rock Garden. Self-guided tours with informational brochures and guided tours are available so that you can learn about the fascinating history.
2. Dunedin Railway Station
Opened in 1906 the Gothic spire, clock tower, high ceilings and magnificent halls are an architectural gem. The station is the most photographed building in New Zealand and visitors can see the exquisite interior, eat at the restaurant, view the art gallery upstairs or take a ride on the train.
There are several gardens to see and explore throughout Dunedin including the Botanic Garden, Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, Wylde Willow Garden, Chinese Garden (one of only four authentic Chinese Gardens out of China), Olveston Public Garden and Hereweka Garden. Visitors can enjoy a stroll in the gardens to see the magnificent plant life native to New Zealand and from overseas or enjoy a picnic set amongst beautiful views. Our Rhododendron Festival is in October.
Go surfing, relax in the sun or take a walk as you listen to the waves crash against the shore on one of Dunedin’s beaches. The Salt Water Pool at St Clair Beach is great for a swim in the public swimming pools with view overlooking the ocean. Tunnel Beach features giant arch, sandstone cliffs and caves. Other beaches in the area to visit are Victory Beach and the Pyramids, Long Beach and Sandfly Bay.
5. Tours of Cadbury World or Speights
A tour of Cadbury World will take you through the history of the company and the Cadbury Factory in Dunedin. All different types of Cadbury chocolates are produced and you can sample some chocolate during the tour and at the end browse the gift shop of chocolate treats. Another tour to check out is the Speights Brewery Tour.
You will get to see the ingredients that go into making the brew as well as sample the beers at the bar.
6. Otago Museum
A visit to the Museum, could that could take you back in time to absorb many of new Zealands historic gems. It's three tiers of tropical rainforest nestled within the museum, is boasted as being "The Best in the Southern Hemisphere". The Early Settlers Museum is a showcase of the early Scottish Pioneers in Dunedin.
7. Otago Peninsula
Take a 30 minute drive to the head of the Otago Peninsula, and you will have the opportunity to view some of New Zealand's endangered sea birds. These include the rare Yellow Eyed Penguin (Hoiho) and the Northern Royal Albatross (the Otago Peninsula is the only place in the Southern Hemisphere, where these birds nest on the mainland).
First Church, Knox Church, St Pauls Cathedral are all fine examples of Dunedin's Gothic Architecture.