Take a walk in history and broaden your knowledge
Dunedin might be known as ‘Studentville’ with young adults flocking to Otago University from all over the country, but it’s also rich in heritage. Historic churches and buildings, such as the Dunedin Railway Station, transport you to another era where the cold climate is more than compensated for with good old fashioned European food and chivalrous company.
Top attractions in Dunedin
With its rugged and majestic coastline, Taiaroa head is bustling with wildlife. You can encounter the renowned Northern Royal Albatross while learning about the history of the early settlers in Dunedin. Another must see is Larnach Castle, built in 1871 by William Lanarch. Take a walk in history through the castle’s splendid gardens or enjoy high tea in the Castle’s luxurious Ballroom.
Dunedin is known for its great culinary experience – combining the traditional fare of early Scottish settlers with more modern, eccentric cafes that cater to the student appetites. Among these places are Capers café who offer Gourmet pancakes and hold the title of serving New Zealand’s biggest and best coffee. To experience the real south, a Speight’s brewery visit is a must. Built in 1876, Speight’s brewery offer award winning ales, lagers, ciders and many other craft beers as well as gourmet kiwi lunches and dinners.
Arts & Culture
Dunedin has a rich history of architecture and culture. The Dunedin Railway station, St Pauls Cathedral, First Church of Otago, Olevston house are all historic buildings to see. The Otago farmers markets are held on Saturday mornings with many people flocking to them to buy the best produce, get a bargain and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Dunedin’s Public Art gallery showcases some amazing art and among these pieces it houses New Zealand’s oldest public art exhibition. First opened in 1908, the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum traces the lives of the settlers and follows the migration waves to New Zealand.
The nightlife in Dunedin is buzzing with young people and university students. Dunedin has a large array of vibrant bars. Among the locals Copa bar is the favourite.
Want to see a chocolate waterfall? Head along to the Cadbury factory where you can take a variety of tours and get a taste of how your favourite chocolate is made. If you are feeling athletic take a walk up Baldwin Street, the steepest residential road in the world. Dunedin boasts some amazing beaches. Among these include St Clair’s surf beach, Aramoana, Allan’s Beach and if you are feeling a little more adventurous try Tunnel beach.