Dunedin has a stunning backdrop of hills, harbour and miles of rugged coastline with a number of unique scenic highlights.
In and around the central city there are plenty of scenic pockets to discover amongst the grand heritage buildings. Stroll through the lush Dunedin Botanic Gardens to the upper Rhododendron Dell which transforms into a floral wonderland each spring and just a short drive further up the hill, you’ll reach the Signal Hill Lookout with panoramic views over the city and ocean beyond.
The Otago Peninsula is a renowned eco-tourism destination where rare wildlife species including penguins, albatross and fur seals have made a home amongst the dramatic cliffs. A compelling mix of quaint harbourside villages, rolling green hills and wild landscapes, the peninsula is best enjoyed over the course of a day or more to uncover its many hidden gems, including New Zealand’s only castle.
With an abundance of beaches within easy reach, it’s not hard to find a secluded stretch of white-sand to relax on. St Clair Beach is closest to the city, but venture a little further up the coast and you’ll be rewarded with the spectacular scenery of Aramoana, Long Beach, Purakanui, Blueskin Bay and Karitane. Tunnel Beach and Walkway, just two kilometres south of the city is the most iconic, with magnificent arches, cliffs and headlands providing an epic view of the coast and beyond.
Scenic walks and cycle trails are woven in and around the city. Tucked away in valleys, along ridge tops and river banks, the serenity is only broken by the sound of native bird song ringing out amongst the trees.