Rich in culture and heritage Dunedin is an exciting student city with a vibrant identity. Gaelic for Edinburgh, Dunedin has a strong ever-present Scottish heritage. The Edwardian and Victorian architecture of the central city make the streets a virtual heritage trail.
A Vibrant History
Popular attractions include the beautiful Railway Station building and historic Olveston homestead. And for something unique, visit the Octagon - Dunedin's eight-sided take on the traditional town square.
The rugged landscape of Otago Peninsula was the perfect location for a Scottish outpost in the South Pacific, thus Dunedin was modelled on Edinburgh. Dunedin was once New Zealand's largest and most prosperous city, and the elaborate stonework of many inner city buildings is a testament to the city's former wealth.
Otago Peninsula & Larnach Castle
Larnach Castle, on the Otago Peninsula, is a prime example of the exuberant wealth of the early days. New Zealand's only castle, it was built by the wealthy eccentric politician JWM Larnach, in 1871. Today visitors can explore the gardens and castle - an unusual architectural conglomeration of Victorian stonework and Australian bungalow.
The Otago Peninsula also has numerous swimming beaches, walking tracks and wildlife - including the world's only mainland royal albatross colony. The main township of Portobello boasts boutique shopping, cafes and restaurants.
Home of New Zealand's oldest university, Dunedin is a thriving student city. Nicknamed 'Scarfies', the student population keep the inner city pumping and nightlife interesting. Also the home of Otago rugby, Dunedin's infamous rugby stadium Carisbrook is a must-see for any footy fan. Colloquially known as the 'House of Pain', both domestic and international games are played there - usually to sell-out crowds.
Art & Heritage
The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is one of the country's finest art museums. Frequently hosting international exhibitions, it is one of the only galleries in New Zealand permitted to exhibit touring collections from renowned establishments such as London's Tate Gallery.
From fine art to the art of beer - Dunedin is the home of New Zealand's iconic brew, Speights. Take a tour of the Speights Brewery for a close up look at this legendary drink.
Dunedin Railway Station
Celebrating its centenary in 2006, the Dunedin Railway Station is another mark of the city's heritage. With an intriguing architectural history, the station is New Zealand's most photographed building and was recently rated by an international guide book company as one of the world's 'must see' attractions, alongside the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum. The Dunedin Railway Station is also the starting point of the unforgettable 77km-long Taieri Gorge Railway journey.
Inner-city and coastal accommodation is plentiful in Dunedin, with a mixture of central city motels, hotels and backpackers and seaside B&Bs, cottages and homestays.
Visit the various wildlife colonies on the Otago Peninsula, or absorb the city's historical heritage at Larnach Castle and the University of Otago. You'll be spoiled for choice!