Things to do in Dunedin, New Zealand

Things to do in Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin is the University City of New Zealand. Most travelers are surprised of the things you can do in Duneding and on the Otago Peninsula. This travel tip gives you some possibilities. Feel free to add other sights in an own travel tip.

- The Royal Albatross colony, at Taiaroa Head, is the only mainland albatross nesting site in the world. It is an hour's drive along the western coast of Otago Peninsula on a road that skirts the water for most of its length without any guardrail. In places, the city buses which frequent the road are wider than the lanes (the local traffic is used to this, and drives very carefully), so if you don't trust your driving reflexes, take a coach instead. Albatrosses may be seen during the summer months, as well as other wildlife at all times of the year. Guided tours of the colony and the old fortifications on and under the headland are conducted daily.

- Penguin Place. Home of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve. Take a guided tour through the colony for some close-up viewing of the birds. Covered trenches and observation huts will hide you so the penguins will not be frightened and you can observe them going about their daily business unperturbed by your presence.

- Speights Brewery, The brewery has been a Dunedin landmark since its founding in 1876. The guided tour takes you through the Speight's brewery, sharing the heritage and culture of beer, from the Babylonians to today. The tour's finale is a 25 minute beer tasting. You must be 18 years old to join in on the tasting. Address: 200 Rattray St, 03 (Tours) or 03 (Office) Shop hours: M-Th 9:30AM-7PM, F-Su 9:30AM-5PM. Tours daily at 10AM, 12 noon, 2PM. Close Christmas day, Good Friday, Easter Saturday/Sunday, and shortened hours on ANZAC day. Children under fifteen require adult supervision.

- Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart St, corner of Stuart St and Moray Pl. Housed in a converted stone church, the Fortune Theatre provides professional live performances to the citizens of Otago.

- Hoyts 6 Octagon Cinemas, 33 The Octagon, 03. Catch a feature film in the Octagon.

- The Octagon. The city centre - it is shaped like an Octagon instead of the standard square. This part of town is very active and lots of businesses strive to be near it.

- Otago University has some great old buildings to wander about and see, when Uni's in its a good place to sit, people watch and take it all in, some good food/cafes/bars are nearby too.

- Tunnel beach - The story goes that crazy old Cargill had a steep tunnel cut through the stone cliff, so his daughter could go to the beach. Some stories say she later drowned, but it's a lovely beach all the same, and the tunnel is very spooky. You need to walk over farmland to get there, so access is banned during lambing. See the visitor's centre in the Octagon for further information.

- Otago Peninsula - much scenic coastline including rugged points and headlands, wildfowl-laden mud flats and beautiful Allans Beach (plus several smaller beaches) on the south/east coast, and picturesque hamlets on the north/west coast (including a pretty and peaceful cemetery on a little spit of land called Dunoon, many boat-houses and a miniscule beach). Seals, sea-lions and other interesting fauna turn up at all of the southern/eastern beaches. Ask nicely, and the locals may even tell you where the good spots are for gathering shellfish, catching Blue Cod, and viewing the wildlife without having to pay for the privelage.

- Otakou marae - a Maori church and meeting-house, which gave the Otago Peninsula its name. Find it on a side-road near Harington Point, at the outer (nother/east) end of the Peninsula.

- Larnach Castle. Billed as "the only castle" in New Zealand, it's very pretty but technically only a manor house and there is another (ruined, but being restored) building in the same predicament called Cargill's Castle in the southern suburbs of Dunedin. Lanarch Castle has a rich and interesting history.

- Orokonui EcoSanctuary, Blueskin Road, Dunedin (accessed from Blueskin Road on the scenic route between Port Chalmers and Waitati.), Tel: +64 3 482 1755. Booked Tours Only.. The Orokonui EcoSanctuary – creating a future for our past. Home to some of New Zealands most fascinating and rare wildlife and providing visitors with exceptional experiences while allowing native flora and fauna to live naturally in a safe haven. The Orokonui EcoSanctuary is open exclusively for guided tours giving you the chance to get a preview of this inspirational conservation project.

- Surfing - Dunedin also offers some great swells! Check out the beach of St Kilda and St. Clair.

- Sunset - To see a sunset like at the end of the video or on the picture, drive along the coast to the Blackhead Road. There is a mining area where you'll find a great lookout onto the beach.

- Otago Museum - There is free internet in learning section on the second floor

- Carisbrook - The House of Pain! Where great rugby and cricket games are won and lost.

- Robert Burns statue. The over 100 year old statue of poet Robbie Burns sits in The Octagon and was recently restored. The statue was cast by a notable sculptor of Edinburgh, Scotland. This same sculptor made four other, nearly identical, statues, one of which rests in Central Park, New York.

- The Organ Pipes small columnar rock format set in a hillside with splendid views. Pleasant hike up a steep bush track from a carpark about 5 km out of town along North Road.

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