Once New Zealand's largest city, Dunedin was established by Presbyterian Scottish settlers and was named in old Gaelic after Edinburgh. Dunedin holidays are renowned for their unique blend of natural attractions and historic sights and architecture. Dunedin's grand history is still evident today with the beautiful 19th Century buildings that are still scattered throughout the city. However the city now thrives on arts and culture with a fantastic range of bars, cafes, restaurants and theatres to enjoy.
This Dunedin travel guide is designed to help you make the most of your time in this stunning city that’s steeped in history. Dunedin is also home to a wide range of galleries, museums and heritage homes as well as Speights Brewery where you learn about the history of the beer brewing process. Despite being a major city, like most places in New Zealand, Dunedin is still close to an amazing range of nature and wildlife including rare sea lions and penguins as well as the only Royal albatross mainland breeding colony in the world.
Dunedin accommodation offers a great range of options that vary in price, location and star rating, however all offer excellent value for money. Thanks to the compact size of Dunedin, accommodation is situated close to the centre of town, meaning getting around is nice and easy. However if you prefer to stay a little further away from the CBD, there are also plenty of options outside the downtown area. In fact, there are a great range of Dunedin accommodation options to suit all budgets and travellers. Many of the hotels are on the smaller side by international standards, which means you can enjoy quality accommodation at very reasonable rates with a personal level of service. Book cheap Accommodation in Dunedin
Dunedin attractions range from historic homes and castles to rugged scenery, botanic gardens, natural attractions and wildlife all the way to iconic breweries. The stately homes of Glenfalloch and Larnach are just minutes from the city and offer 12 hectares of woodland gardens, a castle with battlements, exquisite carved ceilings, an unbelievable ballroom and a tragic history that may become evident if the castle ghost appears. Enjoy Taieri Gorge's rugged scenery from the vintage limited train that departs a grand Renaissance style station. Sample the fine southern ales available at Speight's Brewery. Visit the Botanic Gardens as well as private gardens and even the Rhododendron Festival if you visit in October. See Hector's dolphin, the rarest and smallest marine mammal at Curio Bay or spot the hoiho, an extremely rare yellow-eyed penguin on the mysteriously beautiful and desolate Catlins Coast.
Dunedin is the fifth largest city in the world for geographical size. Dunedin is named after the Celtic word for Edinburgh, Scotland. Dunedin is home to the world’s steepest street – Baldwin Street. Dunedin is also home to the only castle in New Zealand, Larnach Castle. The first authentic Chinese Garden in the Southern Hemisphere is located in Dunedin, which is only the third garden outside of China. Dunedin and its surrounding landscapes are home to some rare species including New Zealand fur seals, New Zealand sea lions, little blue penguins and the rarest penguin in the world, the yellow-eyed penguin.