Day trips from Dunedin

3 Day trips

Puntos destacados

  • Larnach Castle
  • Moeraki Boulders
  • Welcome Rock Trails




Dunedin is a student town with a vibrant nightlife, great pubs and the iconic Speight’s brewery. As the gateway to the Otago Peninsula, it boasts a wealth of wildlife experiences, from penguins to albatross to seals. Here are some of the best day trips you can take from Dunedin.

Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle., Dunedin

By Tourism NZ

Puntos destacados

  • New Zealand's only castle
  • Garden of International Significance.
  • Fascinating history



Discover a wealthy Victorian lifestyle, complete with scandal and suicide.

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Built in 1871, New Zealand’s only castle offers an insight into Victorian living. Beautifully restored, the gothic architecture and antiques make it a must-see for any Dunedin visitor. Enjoy high tea against a backdrop of sweeping city and harbour views, learn about the family’s scandalous history, then stroll the grounds – rated as a Garden of International Significance.

Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders , Waitaki

By Miles Holden

Puntos destacados

  • Fascinating geology
  • Nearby seal colony
  • Beautiful coastline


  • By car: 1 hr from Dunedin Central
  • By bus: 1 hr 20 min from Dunedin Central


Explore mysteriously spherical stones scattered across a beach.

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Along the windswept Waitaki coast, you’ll find these mysterious natural phenomena. These huge spherical boulders are millions of years old and easily accessible from the beach. According to Maori legend, these rocks are gourds washed ashore from the wreck of a canoe.

Southland Welcome Rock Trails

Welcome Rock Trails, Southland

By Ben Arthur

Puntos destacados

  • Walking and cycling trails
  • Classic New Zealand high country



Ride a handcrafted and historic single-track circuit with fabulous vistas.

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Southland’s Welcome Rock Trails in Garston is a single cross country track where you can walk or cycle, hand build on one of New Zealand's longest water races, and discover rarely seen landscapes. Set aside a full day to enjoy the endless views of classic high country New Zealand or stay overnight in back country huts to watch the sun retreat along the hills, soak in the outdoor bath and take it all in.

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