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Dunedin

The City of Dunedin is rich in Scottish history, beautiful buildings and perfectly presented gardens. Situated at the end of a protected harbour, Dunedin offers an interesting mix of attractions and activities from wildlife reserves and aquariums through to castles, railways, heritage trails and museums. Mountain biking, surfing, horse riding along the beach, fly fishing and walking along intriguing trails are just some of the activities Dunedin prides itself on. Depending on your choice of walking trail, you may pass by magnificent sandstone cliffs, sandy beaches, wetlands, inner City heritage buildings, creeks and mountains offering some stunning views and interesting features.

If you have the energy, try tackling Baldwin Street, known as the world’s steepest street. Dunedin tours specialise in nature and eco adventures and heritage tours. Wildlife you may encounter on a Dunedin tour include the mighty royal albatross, fur seals, hookers’ sea lions, blue penguins, yellow eyed penguins and many other varieties of New Zealand birdlife. Dunedin is also amongst the top culinary capitals of New Zealand. Chocolate factories, breweries, wineries and cheese factories make for excellent foodie adventures, guided tours and taste sensations.

Cycle tours, dive charters, jet boating and 4 wheel drive adventures are just a few of the outdoor activities you can enjoy in Dunedin’s vast landscape. There are farms to visit, a settler’s museum, a sports hall of fame and an impressive public art gallery all within easy reach of your Dunedin accommodation. Dunedin is a compact City with many of the hotels, motels and backpackers close to the centre of the action if that is your preference. There are also a number of quaint bed and breakfasts, holiday parks and lodges which exude their own special charm out on the fringes of town. Whether you are dining, staying or exploring you will find many of the buildings in Dunedin associated with some form of the City’s history.

Buildings have been lovingly restored to reflect the character of Dunedin’s well documented and interesting past. Many of the local restaurants and hotels regularly host live bands and the City hosts a huge variety of events throughout the year. Dunedin attractions and activities include a visit to Olveston, one of Dunedin’s oldest homesteads and open for public viewing. Olveston depicts a preserved part of New Zealand’s heritage that is really seen and well worth the visit. Dunedin is also close to such major attractions as the Caitlains Coast, the Moeraki boulders and the Otago Goldfields heritage trail.