Discover Dunedin

From Edwardian and gothic architecture to wildlife, surf beaches to street art and culinary delights – you’ll find it all in Dunedin. The diverse, eclectic city is full of wonders, all waiting to be discovered. Next time you are looking to take the family for an adventure or escape for a romantic weekend for two, be sure to put Dunedin on your radar. Here are a few reasons why…

While New Zealand doesn’t have much as far as exotic wildlife, what it does have are some incredible aquatic animals and birds. Dunedin is home to many. Otago Peninsula is an exceptional area of bio-diversity where you can spot rare yellow-eyed penguins and Hooker sea lions sunbathing on the beaches. Witness the majestic Northern Royal Albatross at the world’s only mainland breeding colony. Watch in awe as adorable little blue penguins come into shore from a day of fishing. Find your own spots to watch from, or opt for a more adventurous approach with a 4WD or wildlife tour to get you up close and personal.

A UNESCO ‘City of Literature’, Dunedin is also a wonderful destination for couples, or groups of friends wanting to be ‘wowed’ by the wonderful art and architecture. The award-winning Otago Museum displays local and international exhibitions, alongside its tropical butterfly forest and 360-degree planetarium. Stroll the tranquil, other-worldly Lan Yuan, the southern hemisphere’s only truly authentic Chinese Scholar’s Garden. Indulge your curiosity at the Museum of Natural Mystery, before seeking out the city’s many other cultural treasures. Art buffs will be delighted to discover the galleries and studios throughout the wider city. And be sure to also explore Dunedin’s rich literary heritage.

Dunedin’s natural attractions are breathtaking and postcard-worthy to say the least. Tunnel Beach with its rugged and grand features makes for an incredible walk for the whole family.
The Otago Peninsula is another marvel, with fascinating formations such as the Pyramids in Okia Reserve, just a short detour off the track. The many beaches nearby are popular with local surfers and wildlife spotters. They also hold stunning discoveries, such as the sea arches of Doctors Point. These are matched in magnificence by the dramatic surrounds of the Organ Pipes or Sutton Salt Lake. You can’t go wrong when hopping in the car and exploring the coastal wonders in the area.


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