Explore Dunedin New Zealand
Dunedin New Zealand is the country’s oldest city and is best known as a University City of Scottish heritage, possessing a unique combination of cultural riches, fine architecture and world-famous wildlife reserves on the Otago Peninsula.
Dunedin has been dubbed the Edinburgh of New Zealand and wears its Scottish Heritage with pride. It’s one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Dunedin is surrounded by dramatic hills and sits at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour.
Things to do in Dunedin
There are plenty of things to do in Dunedin. It boasts a spectacular and varied coastline. There’s good surfing north and south and a host of safe swimming beaches. The surfing can be challenging as swells can get massive. The Rex Von Huben memorial Big Wave contest is held here in October and attracts many talented and hard-core surfers. Even if you don’t surf, it’s worth a visit just to see this spectacle.
The nightlife is buzzing with funky bars and top notch restaurants. Dunedin has a thriving dining and entertainment scene with a number of nightclubs, restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes to choose from, catering for all tastes. If you enjoy live music, you won’t be disappointed. Many of the pubs and bars play host to live entertainment with what they call the “Dunedin sound”. There are many restaurants to choose from for any taste, not to mention the comprehensive selections of international award winning New Zealand wines, many of which hail from Central Otago. Dunedin Casino is a hive of activity and one of the most popular Dunedin attractions with a beautiful interior and an air of grandeur.
One of the most popular Dunedin attractions is the Otago Peninsula. It stretches along the southern edge of the Otago Harbour. It’s the wildlife capital of New Zealand. It’s home to the only mainland breeding colony of Albatross where you can see them in their natural habitat. It is also home to world’s rarest penguin, the Yellow Eyed Penguin. The wildlife is not the only attraction. Take in the scenic views and beautifully rugged beaches along the peninsula. There’s a delightful walk you can do that takes approximately 2 hours that takes you to the spectacular cliffs at the Chasm, the huge sand dunes, the Lovers Leap see arch and the Sandfly Beach were you will see the Yellow Eyed Penguins.
Visit Dunedin to experience the wonder of the city with its rare wildlife, beautiful scenery and thriving nightlife. Check out Best Western’s accommodation at his location. The Best Western 555 on Bayview is at the gateway to the Otago Peninsula and close to all of the main attractions. Book this hotel.