Dunedin - The Architectural Capital Of New Zealand
Situated 400 kilometres south of Christchurch, the South Island’s second largest city is regarded as New Zealand architectural heritage capital. It was Dunedin’s landscape that originally attracted Maori settlers here many centuries ago.
More recently, gold miners, whalers and migrants from as far as Scotland and China arrived in search of prosperity. The beautiful architecture has made Dunedin one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The gothic church spires, victorian styled mansions, vast native forests and charming sea views entice visitors to the city. Amazing wildlife is always close to hand with locals and tourists happy to marvel at rare penguins, playful sea lions and wondrous albatross colonies.
Dunedin Arts & Culture
The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university and, together with Otago Polytechnic and the Dunedin College of Education, contributes to a vibrant student culture.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery has outstanding holdings of both classic and contemporary works. Otago Museum is one of New Zealand's finest, with a wonderful collection of magnificent items from around the world. The Otago Settlers Museum is a must for those wanting an insight into Otago’s early beginnings. Speight's Brewery is a Dunedin icon dating back to 1876. With tours on offer, this piece of living, working heritage warrants a visit.
A quiet and relaxed atmosphere is easily found in the club and bar scene. Student pubs and bars are a little livelier than most other watering holes. Good food is always easy to find in Dunedin's restauants and bars, which offer everything from traditional hearty meals to contemporary al fresco dining. The Octagon, situated in the city centre, with its many bars and cafés and statue of the Scottish bard, Robbie Burns, is the place to be seen and to relax after shopping or a day spent exploring the city.
Not only is Dunedin the host to stunning wildlife and nature but it’s also home to a wide range of boutique, designer and chain stores. George and Princes Streets are the hub of Dunedin’s shopping life. There are renowned local designers and international brand stores and outlets scattering the pavements.
Dunedin airport is just a short 30 minute drive from Dunedin City centre. Daily flights arrive and depart from various cities in Australia. Dunedin airport is served well within the domestic network with either direct or connecting flights available to all other New Zealand major airports.