Dunedin's Top Activities
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Dunedin Botanical Gardens
A lush and peaceful oasis in the city, the Dunedin Botanic Garden is spread across 30.4 hectares in North Dunedin, home to more than 6,800 plant species and the birdsong of wild bellbirds, woodpigeons and tui. The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand’s first botanic garden and holds a six star rating from NZ Gardens Trust. www.dunedinbotanicgarden.co.nz
Olveston historic home was built for Dunedin businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin and was the family home from 1906 – 1966. With no heirs to inherit, Olveston and the original contents were then gifted to the City of Dunedin. Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home. www.olveston.co.nz
Larnach Castle was purchased by Margaret and the late Barry Barker in 1967. At the time the castle was derelict and the setting of the garden ruined. Although the family lived in the house it was always their intention to restore and furnish the castle and bring it back to life since that time. The castle is open for tours every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm. www.larnachcastle.co.nz
Dunedin Railway Station
The Dunedin Railway Station is Dunedin most celebrated building and is New Zealands most photographed. The train station is a must see while in Dunedin. nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/dunedin-railway-station-0
Toitu - Otago Settlers Museum
The Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a regional history museum in Dunedin, covers the territory of the old Otago Province, that is, New Zealand from the Waitaki River south, though less emphasis is given to the area which later became the Southland Region. It is New Zealand's oldest and most extensive history museum. It is located in the heart of the city close to other prominent buildings such as the Dunedin Railway Station, some 500 metres from the city centre (The Octagon). http://www.toituosm.com
The Otago Museum shares the natural, cultural and scientific stories of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.
The Museum will be 150 years old in 2018, although many of the items in our collection are far older. Our collection includes over 1.5 million objects, which come from around the globe. We use these objects to tell our visitors more about the world – from here in Dunedin to deep space, from millions of years ago to envelope-pushing research – through galleries, exhibitions, displays, tours and talks. www.otagomuseum.nz
Speight's Brewery Tours
Take in a tour of Dunedin’s icon brewery (adults only). The brewery tour is an interactive tour through an historic working Brewery.
It's a fully guided 90-minute experience that lets you explore one of Dunedin and Otago’s biggest icons. www.speights.co.nz/brewery-tour
Discover the magic of Cadbury and experience the Cadbury World Experience. Learn about the history of Cadbury and chocolate as you journey through time in the Visitor Centre. Then follow your guide to the Cadbury World Sensory Lab where you will discover and sample the different elements of the chocolate making process, from cocoa bean all the way through to the famous Cadbury Chocolate. https://www.cadbury.co.nz/cadbury-world/cadbury-world-dunedin-tours
Royal Albatross Centre
A visit to Dunedin is not complete without taking in the outstanding natural beauty and wildlife of the Otago Peninsula and the Royal Albatross Centre. www.albatross.org.nz/
Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours
Several short Wildlife Cruises depart daily from Wellers Rock Wharf on the Otago Peninsula (self-drive option).
Our fully guided half day and full day tour options are ideal for visitors who require transportation from the city. Enhance your tour with a visit to the Royal Albatross Centre, Blue Penguins Pukekura, Larnach Castle & Penguin Place. http://www.wildlife.co.nz/
Taieri Gorge Railway
Departing from Dunedin’s beautiful railway station the Taieri Gorge Railway begins its scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most ever-changing, spectacular and iconic scenery. The train travels through the Southern parts of Dunedin city until it arrives at Wingatui Junction where it turns off onto the Taieri branch. From here the train sneaks across the Taieri Plains and climbs into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep gorge carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River. The train negotiates the gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts. http://www.dunedinrailways.co.nz