Three Islands NZ - Personalised Travel Planning. Dunedin, New Zealand. Email: pippa@threeislandsnz.com

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DUNEDIN

Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest city and its best-kept secret. Located in the South Island this city is full of authentic welcoming characters that tell it like it is. With abundant wildlife on its doorstep and heritage buildings housing the great cafes and nightlife, it is a city not to miss. 

 

Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. In fact, the very name Dunedin is derived from the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh: Dùn Èideann. The first permanent European settlers, two shiploads of pious, hard-working Scots, arrived at Port Chalmers in 1848, including the nephew of Scotland's favourite son, Robbie Burns. A statue of the poet dominates the Octagon, the city's civic heart, and the city even has its own tartan. 

 

Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The natural harbour gives way to the church spires and towers of the historic town centre and university, set against high, green forested hills. A golden trail of beaches and dizzying cliffs skirt the city’s thundering Pacific Ocean flank, where sea-lions, the worlds rarest penguins, albatross – and incredible surf – can be found. 

 

Don't miss a drive or a boat ride up the Otago Peninsula - the views are endless and the beaches are beautifully rugged. Nestled at the foot of Taiaroa Head is the Royal Albatross Centre, the only place in the world on the mainland where you can view Northern Royal Albatross in their natural habitat. 

 

Situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle is one of New Zealand’s premier visitor attractions. Lovingly restored, the Castle and surrounding grounds are at the heart of the Dunedin visitor experience. Larnach Castle offers the castle experience, award winning gardens, luxury accommodation, event management and unique dining experiences. Larnach Castle has received numerous national and international accolades.