Dunedin

Many of our trips pass through the Dunedin region and enjoy New Zealand's mini Edinburgh. For those joining a tour passing through Dunedin heres a taste of what you will be up to.

About the Dunedin area:

The Otago Coast stretches from the Waitaki River to the mighty Clutha River, on the South Island's eastern coast. About halfway between is Dunedin, built around Otago Harbour, which indents Otago Peninsula. On Moeraki Beach, about halfway between Oamaru and Dunedin are the unique, perfectly round Moeraki Boulders, which weigh up to four tons each.

Dunedin, with a population of 121,100, is the South Island's second-largest city and the commercial centre for the Otago region. Its name is the old Gaelic one for Edinburgh - appropriate since the city was established by Scottish Presbyterians. It is a gracious city whose numerous grand nineteenth-century and Edwardian buildings are unrivalled anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. Dunedin's architectural heritage has provided the city with some notable buildings, including the train station, town hall, university and many churches. There are also special former private residences worth noting including Olveston, a Jacobean-style family home and Glenfalloch, surrounded by 12 hectares of woodland garden. Neo-Gothic Larnach Castle represents the finest of nineteenth century craftsmanship.

A natural attraction on the Otago Peninsula is the abundant wildlife, only a 15-20 minute drive from the central business district where you can view endangered yellow-eyed penguin, cormorants and albatross. Nowhere else in the world does the largest of the world's sea birds live within such easy human access.

Optional activities:

  • Visit the Cadbury chocolate factory
  • Visit the Speights brewery
  • Surfing

Walk options:

Lovely beach walk sand chances to wonder the historic streets of Dunedin or have a crack at walking or cycling the worlds steepest street.

Cycle options:

Enjoy a lovely beach bound ride of around 30km or some great easier cycles around camp.

TOURS THAT VISIT THIS AREA: