Top 13 Things to Do in Dunedin, New Zealand

Aishwarya Karwa Jun 12, 2019
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Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. Rightly called as ‘New Zealand’s Edinburgh’, Dunedin holds a Scottish patrimony where one can find many Scot-inspired architectures and monuments. Here are some of the best things to do in Dunedin. Find yourself entranced with its rich heritage and wonderful nature.

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Gaze at the Spectacular Southern Lights!

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Dunedin is one of the few places in New Zealand to enjoy the beautiful light show of Southern Lights (Aurora Australis) which is a disturbance in the magnetosphere created by the intense activity of solar wind. Watch these stunning polar lights from Otago Peninsula region.

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Visit the Famous Tunnel Beach

Saunter through the tunnel at the renowned Tunnel Beach and find yourself enticed with a bewitching scenic beach view. The beach is just a few steps down the dark and slippery tunnel surrounded with clear blue waves that strike the arch-like rock.

Stay at the Gorgeous Larnach Castle

Recognized for its Gothic Revival architecture, Larnach Castle is located on Otago Peninsula, and was built in 1871. Open to visitors all year long, one can enjoy a lavish stay at the castle.

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Take a Picture at New Zealand’s Most Photographed Building

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The Dunedin Railway Station has a splendid gothic architecture which makes it ‘the most photographed historic place’ of New Zealand. Well, thanks to New Zealand’s Scottish roots!

Surf and Swim at St. Clair Beach

It is a popular spot in Dunedin for surfing and swimming enthusiasts. One can also enjoy water sports here. It is a great place to tootle around!

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Explore Port Chalmers and See the Historic Lighthouse

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Located in the Otago Harbour (Otago Peninsula), Port Chalmers has harbour-side settings and has become a popular travel destination for travel junkies. The Taiaroa Head (the stone lighthouse) is also listed as New Zealand’s most historic heritage place.

Watch the Clocktower at University of Otago

The Clocktower complex at university of Otago is a network of both gothic style and modern architecture. As a symbol of Scots’ commitment towards higher education, the university of Otago has become a crucial part of New Zealand’s heritage.

Tootle at the World's Steepest Baldwin Street

Located in the North East valley, Baldwin Street is famous for being the world's steepest residential street as named by Guinness World Records!

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Espy the Wonderful Moeraki Boulders

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A trip to the popular Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe beach is the best part of your vacation at Dunedin! Catch a glimpse of the gigantic boulders that have eroded over millions of years due to the waves crashing on the coastline cliffs.

Visit the Beautiful Dunedin Botanic Garden

The magnificent Dunedin botanic garden is home to New Zealand's rich flora and fauna. Take a stroll through one of the oldest gardens of New Zealand and please yourself with the lovely and colorful views.

Enjoy the Scenic Beauty of Nicols Falls

It is about 10 minutes (via car) from the Dunedin City Centre, and its peculiarity is that the trail of waterfall resembles a 'horsetail'.

Board the Taieri Gorge Railway

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the heart of Otago Hinterland to all the way up at North of Dunedin. Feel awestruck by New Zealand's marvelous engineering feats along with its iconic scenery and beautiful landscape of the Taieri Gorge.

Catch a Sight of Fascinating Wildlife

Dunedin is one such place that never fails to stun the tourists with its diverse fauna! You can spot some of the rare bird species such as yellow-eyed penguins and albatross at the Otago Coast.