Situated on the south-eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Dunedin has a population of around 125,000 and is the main center of Otago, a region recognized for its spectacular scenery. The sheer physical beauty of Dunedin, dramatic bush-covered hills and valleys at the head of a long natural harbor, attracted Maori settlers to the site over four centuries ago. Now, soaring cathedral spires, a magnificent Flemish-style railway station, fine banks and office blocks, a nineteenth century castle, old university buildings and a neo-gothic convent are among the city’s architectural treasures.
Larnach Castle – Admission
With its exciting, sometimes scandalous and tragic history, magnificent carved ceilings, New Zealand antiques and breathtaking views, Larnach Castle offers you a vision of the past and present. Today, the Castle is the home of the Barker family, who have spent over forty years lovingly restoring the building and recreating the beauty of the 14 hectares of gardens and grounds. Entrance included to the Castle, Gardens and Ballroom Cafe. Self-guided.
From $26 per person
Twilight Tour Penguins, Fur Seals and Albatross
The Twilight option allows you access to viewing wildlife from an area adjacent to our Peninsula encounters conservation area. After visiting the Royal albatross centre and viewing 25-30 species of estuarine and marine birds we cross farm fields to park within 200 metres of our viewing hide. Unobtrusive viewing of penguins returning from the ocean, crossing the beach and climbing the hill to their nests and NZ fur seals lazing about nearby is seen from our strategically placed observation hide. Sea lions are not usually seen on this tour. See the world’s biggest sea bird close-up, this is as good as it gets, with a unique opportunity to watch these magnificent birds within their nesting area at Tairoa Head.
Price upon request
Double Decker “First City” Tour
Your Dunedin experience begins with this one-hour introduction tour to life and times in this ‘city of firsts’. Scottish Presbyterian settlers arrived here in 1848 and the incorporation of the City Council in 1865 was the first in New Zealand. Dunedin also lays claim to NZ’s first University, first girls’ high school, first chocolate factory, first public botanic gardens, first daily newspaper, first cable car public transport, first kerosene street-lighting and first public art gallery. The first telephone call in New Zealand was also made here and we include the world’s steepest street, Baldwin St, on the tour. In the 19th century, Dunedin was a progressive and vibrant centre of NZ’s commerce, culture and education.
From $23 per person