Named after the Gaelic name for Edinburg – Dub Edin, Dunedin is the seventh largest city in New Zealand visited by a large number of tourists all throughout the year. Marked by a rugged coastline, verdant natural spaces, giant mountains and cascading waterfalls, it is just a perfect destination to explore nature at its best. Check out below the list of popular natural attractions of Dunedin:

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Larnach Castle

The only castle in New Zealand, Larnach Castle is the top tourist attraction of Dunedin located along the captivating Otago Peninsula. The castle was built by an entrepreneur and politician, William Larnach for his wife Eliza in 1871, and is a stunning example of ancient architecture. Lovingly restored by a Barker family, it is where events like local weddings and dance balls are organised. The lush castle grounds are the major highlight of the castle where tourists can spend a perfect family picnic all year round at a nominal price.

Tunnel Beach

Just south of St Clair is the Tunnel Beach surrounded by breathtaking cliffs and headlands. The beach derived its name from the hand-carved rock tunnel that is required to be crossed to reach the beautiful beach. It is a 7.5 kilometres long beach with seashells scattered all along its length. You would love to discover the beauty of the waterfalls gushing onto the beach from huge cliffs, and will have a great time here attempting rock climbing up the huge rocks. The beach is recommended to be visited during a low tide.

Taieri Gorge Railway

Called as the Dunedin Railways, Taieri Gorge Railway presents a scenic journey taking you though Central Otago Hinterland and up the craggy Otago Coast north of Dunedin. The railway covers a total journey of sixty kilometres presenting the panoramic views of Taieri River Gorge and a fascinating diversity of landscapes along the river. Another interesting thing about the journey is you will be crossing the Taieri River Gorge’s hand dug tunnels.

Moeraki Boulders

Lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden, Moeraki Boulders are the large and spherical boulders drawing visitors from far and wide. Each boulder is up to 2 metres high and weighs several tonnes. These boulders are fascinating to look at, especially during sunrise and sunset when they turn orange. Easily accessible on a side trip from Dunedin, the boulders are not just famed for their beauty but are also popular for a restaurant named Fleurs, located in a nearby fishing village and serving fresh seafood along with a stunning view of the nearby area.

Glenfalloch Garden

A green and peaceful escape in the Dunedin, the Glenfalloch Garden is secured by Otago Peninsula Trust. Renowned for its picturesque harbour views, the garden is visited by a large number of nature lovers who love to enjoy a stroll amongst native flower species, including rhododendrons, magnolias, fuchsias, azaleas as well as native ferns, exotic imports and indigenous New Zealand trees. You can visit the garden in all four seasons, and will experience unique colours and fragrances at every season. A major draw of the garden is the Glenfalloch Restaurant that is surrounded by a lush woodland garden and ensures a wonderful dining experience centred on fresh local produce.

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