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Rich in Edwardian and Victorian heritage, Dunedin holidays take you to a city of culture, home to New Zealand’s only castle, the world’s steepest road, and the oldest university in the country. Not just a city escape, tranquil beaches are close by, as well as thriving native wildlife, including the world’s rarest penguin.

Steeped in unique discoveries, Dunedin holidays combine wildlife, culture, coastal views and history rolled into one. The architecture alone will fill your cultural boots, with New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach, and other fascinating buildings to tick off your list. Top of your list should be the University of Otago, St Paul’s Cathedral and Dunedin Railway Station.

For some tranquil relaxation, escape the city in minutes to the many nearby beaches. Relax in pretty St Clair, visit the untouched Victory Beach, or walk along the rugged Long Beach. Keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife in Otago Peninsula, which is just 20 miles from the city.

Dunedin holidays: thriving wildlife, glorious beaches and a fascinating history

Dunedin is home to a wide range of unique discoveries. Whether you’re seeking a historical retreat, or you prefer to enjoy wildlife spotting, Dunedin is a cultural haven. Head to the Otago area for thriving wildlife, where you’ll spot the rare yellow-eyed penguin, and the world’s only mainland albatross breeding colony. Just outside the city centre, the Otago Peninsula is home to a range of ocean birdlife and seals. The Orokonui Eco-sanctuary is also worth a visit, with 17 species of native birds to spot. You might even see the native kiwi bird.

The best way to soak up Dunedin’s beautiful surroundings is by train, with a trip on the prestige Taieri Gorge. The track runs across the magnificent Taieri River Gorge and through tunnels carved over 100 years ago.

If you simply want to explore the city, there’s plenty to see. Famed for its limestone buildings and majestic architecture, spot the quirky Scottish influences. You can even take part in a traditional haggis ceremony during your Dunedin holiday.

Destination Highlights

  • Soak up Scottish and Maori heritage, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and visit New Zealand’s only Castle, Larnach
  • Escape the city for the nearby tranquil beaches - St Clair, Victory Beach and Long Beach
  • Visit Otago Peninsula, Otago Museum, the Octagon, St Paul's Cathedral and the world’s steepest road, Baldwin Street
  • Explore the lush surroundings by rail with Dunedin Railways and capture spectacular views on the Taieri Gorge train

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Lucy, Destination Specialist

“Head to the beautiful beaches and Otago Peninsula for some wildlife spotting, including rare penguins, seals, albatross, kiwis, parrots and more.”

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Charlie, Destination Manager

“A little-known secret is that Dunedin is one of the very few places in New Zealand where you can see the Southern Lights. Spot the Aurora Australis from the Otago Peninsula and at Tunnel Beach when there is a surge of solar activity.”


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