New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin is situated on the South Island of New Zealand with a blend of Scottish and Maori heritage, often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. This city features some of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. The Silverpeaks hinterland to the North West provides a picturesque backdrop and The Otago Peninsula, which lies within the city
boundaries, has internationally renowned wildlife reserves, including
the only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross
Just 1 hour flight away from Christchurch, Dunedin offers eco-friendly adventures on the Otago Peninsula from spotting blue penguins, fur seals, sea lions to visiting Orokonui Eco Sanctuary for a sneak peak of the Tuatara lizards, Otago Skinks and other species of native birds.
For the love of architecture and history, a worthy visit to Larnach Castle will greet you with beautiful rooms, impeccable gardens and 3,000 square foot ballroom hosting high tea with the glorious backdrop of the Otago Peninsula. Charm your way to Port Chalmers by visiting an extensive blend of cultural attractions, local cafes and galleries to an eclectic mix of dazzling art and culture at the Dunedin Street Art Trail.
Live like the local and hire some bikes for a cycling tour of the Island through the country’s extensive network of mountain bike trail such as the Signal Hill Mountain Bike Trails or the Otago Central Rail Trail by time travelling back to heritage gold mines, country pubs and picturesque scenery.
Labelled as UNESCO Cities of Literature, Dunedin is pulsing with research, learning and literature. The town is sprawling with its own Writers’ Walk which displays plaques of informative quotes about Dunedin’s heritage and a trip to Reed Gallery will allow you a glimpse of rare historical and cultural items. Take a chance in Dunedin and you will be amaze by the endless possibilities.
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