Long recognised as a cultural city, there is a plethora of public and privately-run art galleries to savour and a year-round calendar of events to entertain.
The only UNESCO Creative City of Literature in New Zealand, Dunedin was the home of many of the country’s most celebrated authors. Trace the literary heritage with the Dunedin Writers Walk plaques dotted around the Octagon and beyond.
From the Warehouse Precinct to the Dunedin Botanic Gardens, there is an eclectic and fascinating mix of both old and new to discover. Just a little further afield, the gorgeous surrounding hinterlands reveal long white sand beaches, hidden coves, dramatic sea-cliffs and sweeping plateaus.
Take a drive along the renowned Otago Peninsula to discover Larnach Castle and a choice of rare wildlife encounters – there are penguin, albatross and seal colonies here, among other native species.
The South Island city of Dunedin is home to some of New Zealand’s most impressive architectural creations. Its historic buildings have been greatly influenced by Edwardian design conventions, and the area’s strong Scottish connections also helped shape these remarkable structures. Here are 10 gems that you’ll get to discover on a typical downtown heritage expedition.
Drawing on its surroundings, the university culture in Dunedin offers strong research-based academics, many nature–related science programs, and a vibrant campus lifestyle. Also, being largely a student city has led to a walkable, colorful city center full of cafes, restaurants, bars, boutiques, shopping centers, and entertainment venues that cater specifically to the college-aged community. Further, the city sits along the Otago Peninsula, which boasts heaps of beautiful beaches, rolling hills, and some of the country’s best hiking, camping, skiing, and surfing –adventure is right outside your front door!