Ōtepoti Dunedin is a region of unique and beautiful landscapes, wildlife and fascinating cultural history
Known as the Wildlife Capital of New Zealand, Dunedin prides itself on its beautiful built heritage, stunning scenery, and unique biodiversity. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
There is much to see and do in Ōtepoti Dunedin from rare wildlife and spectacular landscapes to heritage buildings and cultural sites. All within close proximity.
Globally renowned as a wildlife and eco-tourism destination, the spectacular Otago Peninsula and is an area of outstanding biodiversity. Visit the Royal Albatross Centre(opens in new window), the only mainland location in the world where you can view northern royal albatross in their natural habitat. Local tours will help you view the world’s smallest penguins, and the rarest, as well as fur seals and sea lions, among other native marine and birdlife.
Dunedin's collection of beautiful heritage buildings includes Larnach Castle, the only historic castle in the country, and the fascinating Olveston Historic Home.
In Dunedin you can also visit the world’s steepest street, Baldwin Street and natural wonders such as the Pyramids at Okia Reserve or Tunnel Beach, which features a spectacular sandstone sea arch jutting out into the Pacific Ocean and a hand-carved tunnel leading down to a secluded beach.
Accommodation in Dunedin ranges from boutique hotels and apartments to motels and world-class luxury accommodation.
Most places have easy access to nearby attractions and activities. Staying in downtown Dunedin will ensure you are close to the nightlife and many excellent cafés and restaurants of the city centre.
There are excellent bed and breakfasts, and boutique stays across the wider city, including rural Dunedin and the peninsula.