Dunedin, New Zealand, is the principal city in the Otago region and the second-largest city in the country. While not as large or well-populated as other cities in the Otago region, Dunedin is considered one of New Zealand’s main tourist destinations because of its cultural significance and historic beauty. However, Dunedin didn’t start out as the charming and cozy little town it is today. From the 1860s to roughly 1900, it was the largest populated city in all of New Zealand. Today, there are more than 120,000 residents who call Dunedin home. Located on the central eastern coast of the Otago region, the city’s most important economic resource is connected to higher education. New Zealand’s first university, the University of Otago, was established in Dunedin in 1869. Small with a multitude of hills, the city was founded by immigrants who hail from Scotland. That legacy and heritage can still be felt today. Nearly all of the local street names come from names of streets in Edinburgh, Scotland. There are also Gothic stone buildings with an impressive display of Scottish Edwardian and Victorian architectural styles. Dunedin’s town center is the perfect place to admire this design work as it is conveniently dense and easily trekked on foot with many exquisite examples of 19th-century architecture to behold. \Gently tucked in the inner corner of Otago Harbour, Dunedin’s spectacular views are second to none. Rugged beaches and raw clifftop landscapes make this city an absolute must-see for any traveler. Here are a few of the top winter tourism destinations in Dunedin. Whether you fancy art, nature or historic architecture, Dunedin has an interesting and varied possible itinerary of things to do, see, savor and enjoy in winter. Travel Dunedin in style with a rented motorhome. Book a camper with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!
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Delivering an eco-adventure that combines a personal guided zipline journey offering sustainable education in a receptive and engaging environment creating lasting memories.
Ziptrek Ecotours is NZs #1 original zipline tour and is a spectacular and fun eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, situated on Skyline Gondola hill. Harness up and feel the wind in your face as you zip down breath-taking ziplines which traverse down the mountain tree to tree. With three courses to choose from it is suitable for everyone and operates all year round in all weather conditions.
Whilst on tour you will be accompanied by two knowledgeable guides who take care of everything technical, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Informative interpretation boards allow the guides to support a story of place that brings meaning to the world around them. We show what happens in nature (Natural Step Framework), what Ziptrek does to be more environmentally aware and how we can all do our bit within our conditions.
It is truly special to be high up amongst the treetops, taking in Queenstown and the surrounding lake and mountains from a very unique angle whilst learning a little and having lots of fun along the way.
Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a museum of social history dedicated to telling the story of the people of Dunedin and the surrounding area, whose character, culture, technology, art, fashion and transport shaped New Zealand’s first great city.
Its fourteen themed galleries feature interactive displays and powerful narratives tracing the human history of the area, from the earliest settlers to the most recent arrivals.
Captivating exhibitions are complemented by onsite shops, a café and a research centre and archive for those interested in genealogy and other aspects of local history.
It turns out you don’t have to go all the way to Europe to see historic castles, as New Zealand has one of its own on the top of the Otago Peninsula. Only one, mind you, as you won’t find any building quite like this in the rest of the country. Larnach Castle was built in 1871, and a tour of the grounds and castle will evoke all sorts of wistful Victorian sentiments that you didn’t even know you were capable of. Especially if you know the backstory.
The castle was built for a politician, William Larnach, whose life was full of tragedy. He lost two wives, the first at 38 to a stroke, and the second to blood poisoning mysteriously at the same age. Then his daughter died of typhoid at 21. And if that’s not enough for one man to cope with, he discovered his son was having an affair with his third wife so poor William ended his life. During the world wars the castle was a mental hospital, and now it’s a majestic place to visit.
Brilliantly restored by the Barker Family, the castle and surrounding stunning grounds offers a grand tour (of one hour), luxury accommodation, and two dining options - The Ballroom Cafe, in the historic ballroom, or outdoor cafe.
Here you can have the chance to see huge adult albatross flying, courting, nesting; chicks hatching in January and growing through the year. It’s a breath-taking sight to see the huge and remarkable bird soaring over your head.
The Royal Albatross Centre offers wildlife tours on Taiaroa Head where you can view Royal Albatross, Little Blue Penguins and many other seabirds from their purpose-built viewing areas. It also features an interactive gallery, superb cafe, gift shop & historic Fort Taiaroa.
Pre-book tours so you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to see the world’s only accessible albatross colony yourself. Entry to the centre is free and there are special family tour rates. The Royal Albatross Centre is owned by the Otago Peninsula Trust, whose objective is the protection and enhancement of the Otago Peninsula. Your support helps the New Zealand wildlife thrive.
There’s great swimming when the surf’s off and good surf when it’s on. And when you don’t feel like either there’s a small hot spring that flows into the sand at the right side of the beach that you can dig a hole and warm up in. Being 16 kms from the nearest town, Owaka, camping is possible with DOC sites dotted around. And occasionally you’ll be sharing your overnight with a Lion Seal who come ashore at night.Visit Purakaunui Bay
20km SW of Dunedin, Brighton is a small seaside town, along the Southern Scenic Route within the city limits of Dunedin. The area is popular for day trips from Dunedin. Surf-lifesaving patrols are on duty here during busy times.
The motorcamp in Brighton also hires out boats for you take a leisurely paddle up the stream.
South Seas Gallery is very popular in Brighton, where visitors can stroll the gardens and view works from such artists as Lindsay Crooks, Janet Weir and Ollie Crooks.
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