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Dunedin: Top on the bucket lists for nature and wildlife enthusiasts
An esoteric mix of Scottish and Māori cultures characterise New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin. With its elegant Victorian architecture, spectacular nature trails and world-famous nature reserves, Dunedin attracts visitors from all corners of New Zealand as well as the globe.
Heritage Walks & Chocolate Treats
Those planning on staying in the centre of Dunedin, will be pleased to know that there are numerous hotels scattered around town, most of them within easy walking distance of the town’s popular attractions. No matter which type of accommodation you decide upon, be it one of the larger hotel chains or small boutique-type properties, you’ll certainly have plenty to see and do during your stay in Dunedin. Culture enthusiasts can take a leisurely stroll to the city centre, known as the Octagon, where they can marvel at some fine examples of Victorian architecture, such as the imposing Town Hall building and see the famous Robert Burns statue, reflecting the town’s Gaelic heritage.
Those keen to find out more about Dunedin can go one of the two heritage walks which comprise a series of bronze plaques with interesting and anecdotal pieces of information with regards to the town’s rich cultural history. No tour of the city is complete without a visit to the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum which outlines the history of European settlers to Dunedin in the 19th century and later the Māori population. Once you’ve had your fill of the local culture it’s time to satisfy other senses. Before heading back to your hotel room, you can pay a visit to the Cadbury Factory where guests can go on a guided tour explaining the production process of the world-famous treats. There’s also an on-site shop where you can indulge your chocolate cravings.
Swim, Surf & See the Amazing Yellow-Eyed Penguins
Just 4.6 miles away from the centre of Dunedin lies the famous Tunnel Beach where you can do a spot of surfing, sun bathe or simply marvel at the stunning sandstone cliffs forming the rocky coastline. Even closer to the city centre is the small coastal settlement of Brighton where you’ll find several miles of secluded beaches as well as an artist’s colony. After a day of surfing and swimming you can visit one of the small art galleries showcasing the works of local artists.
If you’re staying in one of the larger hotels in Dunedin, you can enquire at the front-desk about the various cruises and tours to the world-famous Otago Peninsula. Home to the rare yellow-eyed penguins and the only northern royal albatross colony, it’s little wonder that Dunedin has been given the accolade ‘wildlife capital of the world. Whilst exploring the beautiful Otago Peninsula, you can also spot a glimpse of fur seals, sea lions and blue penguins. Before heading back to the comfort of your hotel room, you can enjoy an exhilarating walk along one of the numerous trails such as the Sandymount Track which offers picture-postcard views of the Otago Peninsula. Be sure to have your camera close to hand as there’ll be photo opportunities at every step of the way.
From Rugged landscapes to Manicured Lawns
With its flat terrains and spectacular hills, Dunedin is certainly a town of contrasts. Once you’ve taken in the unspoilt natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula, you can admire the immaculately groomed gardens surrounding the 19th century Larnach Castle. If you are staying in one of the many hotels close to the castle, you can set aside an afternoon to explore this imposing historic building boasting a 3000 square foot ballroom and 35 acres of beautifully presented grounds. There’s also hotel accommodation on the estate itself for those keen to fully take advantage of the castles’ stunning views across the Otago Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean. Nature lovers can also pay a visit to the nearby Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens which are just a short drive or bus ride away from Dunedin town centre. Dating back to the 19th century, these gorgeous gardens have been wowing visitors from all over the world with their colours and fragrances. Amongst the many trails weaving throughout the expansive grounds you can catch a glimpse of various species of native birds and also see the 1000 year old Matai tree. After having explored the vast gardens, you can sit back and relax with a glass of wine whilst admiring the views at the on-site restaurant.