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Discover the ecotourism of Dunedin, visit the old castles or museum, wander the Botanic Gardens or just enjoy the vibrant atmosphere that is Dunedin.

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Dunedin and Coastal Otago let you discover ecotourism and heritage at its best, overlaid with the food, wine and fun of New Zealand's liveliest university city.

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The Handsome Heritage of Dunedin

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Larnarch Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand
Larnarch Castle, Dunedin
Photographer: Kieran Scott
(www.kieranscott.co.nz)

Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. You'll find it a captivating place to visit.

  • Spend a few hours admiring the valuable collections at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • Catch the Taieri Gorge Railway, which departs Dunedin Railway Station on a number of excursions around the Otago region
  • Visit historic Olveston, for a peek at the home life of a Dunedin family at the turn of the century
  • Larnach Castle is New Zealand's only true castle—perched on a hill overlooking the magnificent Otago Harbour
  • Take a tour around Speights Brewery, a South Island icon
  • Otago Museum is one of New Zealand's oldest and largest Museums covering the themes of culture, nature and science
  • Otago Settlers Museum tells the story of Dunedin's Scottish settlers
  • If you're a keen sports person, visit the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
  • Dunedin Botanic Gardens is a beautiful place to wander at any time of the year

The Wild Side of Coastal Otago

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Otago peninsula, New Zealand
Otago Peninsula
Photographer: Kieran Scott
(www.kieranscott.co.nz)

Meet some of Otago's rare and unusual inhabitants on an eco-experience.

  • Visit the Royal Albatross Centre, Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula. It's the site of the only mainland breeding colony of Royal albatross in the world
  • Monarch wildlife cruises can take you to see albatross, seals, blue penguins, shags and other marine and bird life
  • For a close-up look at New Zealand marine life, find your way to the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre
  • Penguin Place is the yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) conservation reserve on Otago Peninsula—you can hide and watch the penguins as they go about their daily lives

North to Palmerston and Oamaru

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Yellow eyed penguin, Dunedin, New Zealand
Yellow Eyed Penguin, Dunedin
Photographer: Hiroshi Nameda
(hnamechan@hotmail.com)

Drive north for a day trip and visit the historical townships of Palmerston and Oamaru.

  • Take a guided tour to Macraes Gold Mine and historic Golden Point Battery near Palmerston
  • Admire Oamaru's historic stone architecture—many buildings feature Oamaru stone, a form of local limestone
  • View the penguins coming ashore at dusk at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
  • Marvel at the perfect roundness of the mysterious Moeraki Boulders, which lie uncovered by the sea 33 kilometres south of Oamaru

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