Dunedin is a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history.
Enjoy getting close to rare wildlife and soaking up the quirky city vibe.
Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin wears its Scottish heritage with pride. 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.
What are the top things to do in Dunedin?
There is so much to see and do in Dunedin from the heritage buildings to the rare wildlife to the spectacular landscapes. Drive up the Otago Peninsula where the views are endless, and the beaches are beautifully rugged. Nestled at the foot of Taiaroa Head is the Royal Albatross Centre(opens in new window), the only place in the world on the mainland where you can view Northern Royal Albatross in their natural habitat.
On Dunedin’s doorstep, you will also find incredible wildlife including the world’s rarest penguin colonies. On the beaches, you will find the fur seals and sea lions just lazing around and enjoying their natural habitat.
Dunedin's heritage extends to a real castle, high on the hills of the Otago Peninsula. Larnach Castle is New Zealand's only castle and much-loved piece of Dunedin history.
Head further south, and you join the Southern Scenic Route, a must-do of the South Island that follows the wild coast down to Invercargill and then north-west to Manapouri and Te Anau.
Where to stay in Dunedin?
Accommodation in Dunedin ranges from elegant, Victorian-building hotels to cosy backpacker dorms to world-class luxury hotels.
Most places to stay have great views and 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 town.
Swap the inner city with great waterfront located hotels right across the St. Clair beach. There are plenty of bed and breakfasts and boutique stays in the outer city as well