Dunedin Attractions

Looking for things to do in Dunedin? Make sure you experience some of these activities.

First Church, Dunedin

By Kieran Scott

The First Church overlooks Dunedin City.

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The handsome heritage of Dunedin

Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Spend a few hours admiring the valuable collections at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The city also has many private galleries.
  • Catch the Taieri Gorge Railway for an excursion around the region. The train departs from Dunedin Railway Station.
  • Visit historic Olveston Historic Home for a peek at the home-life of a Dunedin family during Edwardian times.
  • Larnach Castle is New Zealand's only castle. It perches on a hill overlooking the magnificent Otago Harbour.
  • Take a tour of Speights Brewery, home of the South Island's favourite beer.
  • Otago Museum is one of New Zealand's oldest and largest museums. View exhibitions related to culture, nature and science.
  • Shop in Dunedin's designer boutiques for fashion innovations and stylish souvenirs.
  • Dunedin Botanic Gardens is a beautiful place to wander at any time of the year.
  • Spend a day at one of Dunedin’s spectacular beaches - Tomahawk,Tunnel, Pyramid - even the names are intriguing!
  • Immerse yourself in Dunedin’s stunning heritage buildings and their colourful past with a guided walking tour by City Walks
  • Take a journey through the snickleways of haunted Victorian Dunedin with Hair Raiser Ghost Tour
Yellow-eyed penguin, Dunedin

By Penguin Place

Watch yellow-eyed penguins (hoiho) going about their lives at the penguin colony on Otago Peninsula.

The wild side of the Otago Peninsula

Meet some of Otago's rare and unusual inhabitants on an eco-experience.

  • Visit the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head. It's the site of the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world.
  • Catch a cruise to see albatross, seals, blue penguins, cormorants and other interesting creatures.
  • Go kiwi spotting on an evening tour at Orokonui Ecosanctuary
  • Watch yellow-eyed penguins (hoiho) going about their lives at the penguin colony on Otago Peninsula.
  • Climb onto a unique 8-wheel amphibious vehicle for a coastal farm adventure with Nature's Wonders. You'll see fur seals, sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins.
  • Enjoy a personalised wildlife tour with a knowledgeable local guide.

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