Home to colonial-era architecture, both Maori and Scottish cultural influences, public gardens, museums and superb coastal walks, Dunedin is a real South Island treat.
The city itself was founded by Scottish Free Church settlers in the late 1840s, before benefitting from a gold mining boom around 15 years later. This saw Dunedin establish New Zealand’s first university – the University of Otago – in 1869, as well as the many ornate Edwardian and Victorian buildings you can still see throughout the city today.
Among them, Lanarch Castle with views out towards Otago Harbour; the Olveston Historic Home; St Paul’s Cathedral; Dunedin Railway Station; The Old Bank; Dunedin Town Hall; The Law Courts and First Church of Otago, all showcasing the distinctive architectural style that characterises this historic town.
However, the cultural legacy of Dunedin does not stop there, as the Otago and Toitu Otago Settlers Museums, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and wider street art scene go on to highlight all sides of Dunedin’s past and present. The outdoor spaces here are wonderful too, from the city’s Glenfalloch, Chinese and Botanic Gardens to the beaches of Brighton, Warrington, St Clair and Long Beach, or Taiaroa Head, Penguin Place and other treasures of the Otago Peninsula.
All of this, added to Maori tours, wildlife walks, birdwatching and boat trips – plus plenty of cosmopolitan restaurants and bars in town – will help give your tour of Dunedin a little bit of everything.
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