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Local Activities in Dunedin

There are a number of unique places to visit in the Dunedin area, plus the fantastic views from the hills, of the harbour and bays and coastline.

Otago Peninsula --- www.otago-peninsula.co.nz

Is one of Dunedin's main driving trips within the city.
A round trip of the Peninsula is approximately 70km. We suggest to travel the harbourside road out to the Taiaroa Head and return to the City via the high road. This road called 'Highcliff Road' offers magnificent views of the City and surroundings.

The Peninsula is home to the following:

Built 1871 – 1874 It took 200 workmen brought in for the job, 3 years to construct using local rock and wood, then a further 12 years to finish, with most of the fittings being imported from around the world. This may well be the only true castle in this condition in the southern hemisphere.

The only mainland colony of these magnificent birds that you can see anywhere in the world

On Otago Peninsula at Portobello just 20km from the city centre. Marine life from the southern waters. Daily tours.

30 acres of woodland gardens and restaurant, established in 1871

Dunedin Railway Station ------

This is one of the most photographed rail stations in the world and is a well preserved example of Victorian rail architecture

The station is home to the following:

Scenic rail tours are run from here in refurbished carriages from the 1920 era through coastal and inland areas with viaducts, tunnels and great scenery.

Dunedin Chinese Garden ------ www.dunedinchinesegarden.com

Designed in china, then shipped to Dunedin along with the tradesmen to assemble it.

The Chinese claim this is the most authentic Chinese garden in the southern hemisphere.

The World's Steepest Street ----- Baldwin Street

Listed in the Guiness Book of Records 1997/98

Orokonui Ecosanctuary -------- www.orokonui.org.nz

Just 35km north of the city, on 307 hectare is the only south island native forest where plants and animals can live in the wild, without threat from introduced predators.

Evansdale Cheese ---- www.evansdalecheese.co.nz

Join them in the factory and help make the cheese and learn all about it. Just 30km North of Dunedin City

Moeraki Boulders & Fishing Village -------- Just 80km north

There are only 3 places in the world where you can see boulders of this sort. They are calcium boulders formed in the ground in much the same way as pearls are formed in an oyster.

Dunedin Botanic Garden --- www.dunedinbotanicgarden.co.nz

Walks through a variety of trees and shrubs plus the bird aviary. There is the tropical garden through to the latest addition, a Mediterranean garden.

Olveston ------- www.olveston.co.nz ---- Dunedins historic home. Daily guided tours.

35 room home bequeathed to the city and maintained in the style of 1906 – 1926, including the Theomin families last car, 1921 Fiat 510 Tourer and furniture plus antiques from all over the world. Japanese, Chinese, English, French etc

Otago Museum ----- www.otagomuseum.nz

One of the best museums in NZ plus the added feature of their live butterfly collection. Walk among the butterflies from tiny to the large.

Otago Settlers Museum --- www.toituosm.com

New Zealand’s newest and most innovative museum experience. Find out the true history of Dunedin and the surroundings.

Speights Brewery --- www.speights.co.nz

Tours and restaurant for the beer conniseur.

Tours of the historic working brewery est 1871

Catlins Southern Scenic Route --- www.southernscenicroute.co.nz

Coastal & bush scenery

Light house, seals and sea lions, penguins and sea birds galore.

Caves and water falls, old rail lines and coach roads plus lots more.


The above is a sample of things to do.

There are lots of cafes, restaurant and bar culture around the city to choose from, with a wide variety of prices and cuisine to taste.

There is local art , pottery, glass ware and jewellery to browse and choose from.

I’m sure you will be well entertained during your stay, when as you can see, there is a great mix of interesting and unique things to do.