Set between rolling hills and rugged coastline, Dunedin is Otago’s largest city and popular for its unique combination of the bustling Otago University, well-preserved architectural heritage and exotic wildlife. The city wears its Scottish heritage with great pride; you'll see haggis and bagpipes brought out for civic occasions. The nightlife buzzes with funky bars and restaurants, with the student population injecting an unmissable energetic vibe.Incredible sub-Antarctic wildlife experiences, including Yellow Eyed Penguins, lie on the city’s doorstep, in the Otago Peninsula, making it a nature lover's paradise.

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Cool facts

  • Dunedin is the Celtic name for Edinburgh.
  • Otago Peninsula is the only mainland breeding colony of the Northern Royal Albatross.
  • Dunedin Railway Station is the most photographed building in New Zealand.

Must do's

  • Take a tour of the Speights Brewery, producing the “Pride of the South” famous ale since 1876.
  • Catch the Taieri Gorge Railway for an excursion around the region and an insight into its gold mining heritage.
  • Walk up Baldwin St, the world’s steepest residential street.
  • Check out the heritage buildings in the city; Dunedin Railway Station, St Paul’s Cathedral and University of Otago to name a few.
  • Take a cruise on the Otago Peninsula to see albatross, seals, blue penguins, cormorants and other interesting creatures.

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