Dunedin is well known for its location close to the Otago Peninsula, arguably the wildlife capital of NZ. Home to the only mainland Royal albatross colony, yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, fur seals and a variety of sea birds. A number of wildlife tours are available, and a harbour cruise on the 'Monarch' is highly recommended. The Pensinsula has dramatic coastal scenery, with remote sandy beaches, cliffs and headlands on one side, and the sheltered harbour, with coastal villages and boatsheds on the other.
Dunedin thrived during the gold rush era and has many heritage buildings. Guided walks provide an introduction to the city's history. Attractions in the city include the Otago Museum and butterfly house, Toitu Early Settlers Museum, the Chinese Garden, and tours of Speight's brewery and Cadbury's chocolate factory. On Saturday morning there is a highly recommended farmer's market at the railway station, with live music.
Stunning Coastal Scenery
Dunedin's stunning coastal scenery continues to the south of the city, including Tunnel Beach, which is only minutes from Blackhead Cottage. The tunnel was cut down through the cliff by landowner John Cargill, to allow access to the secluded beach below for his daughters to bathe privately. Blackhead Beach, a favourite with surfers, is two minutes away from the Cottage.
Other attractions include the Taieri Gorge Railway, which takes passengers on a scenic ride to Middlemarch in Central Otago, numerous art galleries and fashion boutiques, rugby and music events at the Forsyth Barr stadium.
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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Be fascinated and exhilarated with the wealth of wildlife, dramatic views, so close, so natural – the only way to see it all – Otago Peninsula, Otago Harbour, Taiaroa Head, with three time New Zealand Tourism Award winners Monarch Cruises.
Taieri Gorge Railway
The Taieri Gorge Limited train is Dunedin's prestige tourist train. Departing from the historic Railway Station you journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge. With full commentary, photographic stops and on-board refreshments, the train offers year round, all-weather entertainment.
Royal Albatross Centre
The Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, at the tip of the Otago Peninsula, is the only mainland breeding colony for albatross found in the southern hemisphere. View the interpretative wildlife displays, learn of the historical use of the area and experience the famous 'Unique Taiaroa' guided tours.
Plus little blue penguin tours each evening at dusk.
Dunedin Chinese Garden
The Dunedin Chinese Garden is an example of a late Ming, early Ching Dynasty Scholar's Garden, an oasis of calm and tranquillity in the centre of Dunedin city.
Otago Museum: Tuhura and Butterfly Centre
Tūhura is a stunning new science attraction with over 45 hands-on interactive displays, including a giant DNA-inspired helical slide, a three-story tropical butterfly enclosure, and a multi-screen, laser-activated, Beautiful Science gallery.
Otago Museum also has daily planetarium shows.