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is old Gaelic for Edinburgh, which is appropriate since the city was established
by Scottish Presbyterian settlers. and was once the largest city in New
Zealand. Its grand history can be seen in the marvelous 19th Century buildings
today. It's a city that has a thriving student and arts culture with many
bars, cafés restaurant and theatre options.
to learn about things in Dunedin. Apart from being New Zealand's first
university city, it has an abundance of museums, galleries and heritage
homes with amazing stories to tell. You can even discover the history
of beer brewing at the Speights Brewery.
is also renowned for its proximity to incredible wildlife. Visits to see
the world's rarest penguins, the world's only mainland breeding colony
of the Royal albatross and rare New Zealand sealions are all possible
within a short drive of the city centre.
suggested itineraries that include Dunedin,
please click here.
- Two of
the city's stately homes are 15 minutes from the city. Glenfalloch is
set in 12 hectares of woodland gardens and Larnach castle has battlements,
a fairytale ballroom, beautiful carved ceilings and a tragic history.
The Castle Ghost may even appear for you.
- Take a
day trip to the vintage Taieri Gorge Limited train from Dunedin's grand
Renaissance style station through the rugged scenery of Taieri Gorge.
- Drop into
Speight's Brewery for a fine southern ale.
gardens are open all year as is the excellent Botanic Garden and the
Rhododendron Festival is in October.
- The Catlins
Coast is a mysterious and desolately beautiful place and is home to
the hoiho (extremely rare yellow-eyed penguin). At Curio Bay you can
see the smallest and rarest of marine mammals, Hector's dolphin.
- If you're
a keen sports person, visit the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame