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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Cathedral Caves are a highlight for visitors to The Catlins. Located in cliffs at the northern end of pristine Waipati Beach, they have attracted international interest for their length - the two sea-formed passages together measure just on 200 metres - and their impressive height, up to 30 metres.
Popular for decades, this outstanding natural feature is 15km south of the village of Papatowai and 2km off the highway. From the car park a one-kilometre walking track descends through lush coastal forest to the beach. Visitors cross Maori freehold land, which is managed by a trust.
There is a small charge for the use of the car park and access to the bush track, beach and caves.
Tour the universe in laid-back comfort in the Otago Museum's state-of-the-art dome. Be immersed in the deep past or alien worlds, or closer to home, take a guided look at the southern skies.
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.
Head to the coast from Owaka. Named by geologist Dr James Hector after human bones were found in the dunes . There is a coastal walk that links to Surat Bay.
Well known for its Sea lions but stay about 20 metres from them as they can move quickly.
Newhaven Holiday Park provides beach access to Surat Bay where an excellent beach walk can be made to adjoining Cannibal Bay. Other tourist attractions on the Catlins Coast such as spectacular waterfalls, Cathedral Caves, Jack’s Blowhole, bush walks, penguin viewing, horse treks, golf course and canoeing are just a short drive away. Newhaven Holiday Park has beautiful sea views and is set amongst inspiring scenery in a quiet, peaceful environment.
The modern home-style amenity block has many well appointed features for all camping needs including guest lounge (new 2008), kitchen, bathrooms and laundry.
Newhaven Holiday Park is the ideal place to base yourself to explore the Catlins. It is perfect for those travelling the Southern Scenic Route or looking for a retreat in a natural, idyllic surrounding.
The new guest lounge creates an excellent venue to accommodate small groups such as schools, churches, family reunions and business conferences and retreats. Special group rates are available.
The Catlins Inn offers a friendly sports bar with a TAB machine, gaming machines, pool table, dart board plus easy listening background music for your entertainment. There is also a convenience bottle store with a great selection of takeaway liquor products and the modern "Ryley's" Cafe, which offers excellent country bistro fare at affordable prices.
The inn offers three modern studio accommodation units, which are serviced daily. There is also a campervan park at the rear of the hotel with powered sites on enquiry.
If you're planning a small function and/or meeting for up to 45 people, there is a medium sized lounge that can accommodate your group comfortably, just a little distance from the main bar.
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