New Zealand’s seventh largest city, Dunedin is a perfect stop for those looking to avoid the crowds in Queenstown. Naturally endowed and culturally rich, Dunedin has a number of astounding attractions amongst its hilly suburbs, its Victorian promenades, its craggy shores as well as its lush gardens. Here are top attractions in Dunedin, New Zealand:
Larnach Castle & Gardens
There’s a lot going in favour of the Larnach Castle, the only castle in the whole of New Zealand. The castle is a stunning example of the rare Gothic Revival architecture and enjoys a picturesque location in the Otago Peninsula. There are interesting anecdotes of love and scandals and tragedies associated with the rich history of the castle, dating back to 1871. The award-winning castle can be visited on a sightseeing expedition or for attending one of the many events that are organised here throughout the year. Don’t miss to check out their award-winning garden, rated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a Garden of International Significance.
The Royal Albatross Colony
An excellent perk for animal lovers to visit Dunedin is that they get to see the beautiful Royal Albatross at world’s only mainland breeding colony of the animal. You can book a tour to the Royal Albatross Centre and get interesting insights on the behaviour of these majestic animals by experts. The observatory at the centre allows visitors views of these charming birds indulged in their daily life, and if you are lucky, you might also get to see them flapping their 3-metre long wings for flying off to a nearby spot.
Tap into the Scottish heritage of the city at one of the oldest craft beer producing breweries in the area – the Speight’s Brewery and also learn about its rich history. Their 90-minute guided tour has won awards for being engaging and informative, so make sure you book yourself on one. The on-site restaurant and bar are also known for their fresh and local offerings and are quite popular for lunch and dinner menus. Be sure to sample their award-winning traditional ales & beers, made using only the finest quality Southern ingredients and pure water.
Taieri Gorge Railway
If you enjoy scenic train journeys covering a diversity of landscapes, this one has been crafted for you. Popular as The Dunedin Railways, the journey covers Central Otago Hinterland and up the rugged Otago Coast north of Dunedin. The breathtaking landscapes along the mesmerising river gorge are jaw-dropping and extend to over sixty kilometres. One of the highlights of your journey will be crossing the Taeiri River Gorge’s hand dug tunnels that are of rich historical significance.
The Tunnel Beach
The Tunnel Beach refers; in general, to a locality in the Dunedin city centre, marked by sea-carved, majestic cliffs and headlands rock arches and caves. But for tourists, the Tunnel Beach refers to a pristine beach boasting crystalline sands, hidden by a tunnel. There are thousands of seashells scattered across the beach, bringing to life the most vivid childhood memories. To add an element of awe and drama to the entire set up, the waterfalls cascade on to the beach from the huge cliffs surrounding it. It’s also possible to indulge in rock-climbing here, although, the secluded beach is perfect for long hours of beachcombing. The beach is best visited during a low tide.