Dunedin, New Zealand's South Island second biggest city (pop. 116,200) and the main city of the Otago region, is a place that is profoundly proud of its Scottish heritage.
Its name comes from the Scottish Gaelic for Edinburgh - Dùn Èideann - and the city was apparently meant to resemble that Scottish city as well. They didn't do a bad job, as the well preserved Edwardian and Victorian architecture here make the city have a real European feel in places. That alone makes it merit a visit. In addition to that, whoever planned to construct a Europeanesque city here didn't have the easiest terrain to work with. Baldwin Street is the world's steepest residential street (with a slope of 35%) and is representative of the hilly scenery the city was constructed in.
There is no better place in the city to start exploring than the central and bustling Octagon, where the Town Hall, St. Paul's Cathedral and poet Robert Burns statue take center stage. Elsewhere in the city highlights like Larnach Castle and Dunedin Railway Station (the most photographed building in the country) are other examples of interesting historical architecture. On the cultural front, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (telling the story of the people from this region), Otago Museum (culture, nature and science) and Dunedin Public Art Gallery are worth seeing.
As the stereotype goes with cities that have a large student population, there is always something going on, and nightlife and restaurants here are good and varied. Again, the area surrounding the Octagon is your go-to spot. Getting out of the city is worth your while here too, as the Otago Peninsula is rich in wildlife (such as seals, penguins, albatross and sea-lions) and has very pretty coastal scenery. If you don't want to venture far from the city, St. Clair Beach is the best spot to get your feet wet right out in front of it.
Oh, and if you like all things chocolate (or are a would-be Willy Wonka), head to Cadbury World. [Review by travelindicator]
- Dunedin is a city in New Zealand's region of Otago. It has a population of 116,200, is situated at an altitude of 13ft and the best airport to fly into is DUD (Dunedin International, Dunedin)
- The main spoken language here is , and the average English skill is high
- Note: Dunedin is a good point of entry for trips to New Zealand as it is well internationally connected (by air)
- The currency used in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD)
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More Dunedin travel resources
The two main places we'd recommend you to read on are Planetware (top 14 attractions here) and this really excellent breakdown at Dangerous Business. Not a half bad job is done as well by Relaxing Journeys.
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