At the head of the Otago Harbour on the South Island’s south-east coast, Dunedin is the South Island’s second largest city. The city suburbs extend out into the surrounding valley and hills onto the neck of the Otago Peninsula.
Known as the Edinburgh of the South, Dunedin City has a heavy Scottish influence. Surrounded by rugged coastal plains and windswept beaches it’s home to an eclectic mix of historical and modern architecture as well as industrial technology.
Central to the town's image is its grade one listed ‘gingerbread-esque’ Dunedin Railway Station — a definite must see for anyone visiting. Kill two birds with one stone and check out the Saturday morning farmers market held in its disused yard. We recommend trying the handmade crepes and the local honeycomb. Wander the Octagon to sample the different cafes and bars on offer, then take a self guided walking tour of Dunedin’s internationally acclaimed street art.
If you're feeling like a relaxing morning visit the beach and take in the panoramic views. Go to St Kilda or St Clair for a wide white-sand and surf experience, or drive a little further to tunnel beach for sea-carved caves, tunnels and sandstone cliffs. Hire a mountain bike and test your legs (and lungs) on one of many trails in the area. Take a tour of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory and visit the Otago Museum for a glimpse of local history.
For a more immersive historical experience, follow the coast to New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle. End your day with a visit to the Otago Peninsula to see the largest mainland Albatross colony in the world.
Due to its windswept location, Dunedin has a wild and rugged charm no matter the season. We’re a little soft though, so in our opinion, sidestep the winter months and visit Dunedin when the sun is shining.
Its unique mix of both modern and historical architecture, combined with a thriving arts scene make Dunedin a thriving city of contrasts and contradictions just waiting to be explored.