With a combination of historic architecture and nature experiences, it is easy to consider that Dunedin is a unique city. This city is full of activities, both in the city with its treasure of museums and also outside the city with the Otago Peninsula is a wildlife haven.
Here are the top 7 things you must do in Dunedin:
1. Check Out Tunnel Beach
Tunnel Beach is one of New Zealand’s most stunning natural coastal places that can be accessed just a short drive of public bus journey away from Dunedin city center. You can watch here arches carved by waves and see the beach at low tide via a manmade tunnel from the cliffs. You will find plenty of picture opportunities for waterfalls!
2. Explore the Mountain Bike Trails
Dunedin is a mountain biking paradise from easy rides on the Otago Peninsula or in the surrounding hills to downhill mountain biking trails. There are bike trails in Dunedin to suit all abilities. Take the train from Dunedin to Middlemarch is a great way to start the famous Otago Central Rail Trail a 151km multi-day trip through the Otago region.
3. Go on a Wildlife Tour
Dunedin is a great place to see New Zealand wildlife. There are many options to get a closer view of beautiful fascinating birds and marine mammals. Head to Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Penguin Place and The Royal Albatross Centre or can also join Elm Wildlife Tours for penguin, seal and sea lion spotting!
4. Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum is yet another amazing museum to visit. Here you will go on the journey through the history of Dunedin’s first human arrivals to present-day locals. This museum is packed with several interesting exhibitions. You get to see the old Maori villages, inside emigration vessels and also Dunedin’s old public buses in this museum.
5. Board the Taieri Gorge Railway
Dunedin is known for its iconic building and the Dunedin Railway Station is the first thing to start your journey through the isolated farming communities of the Taieri Gorge Railway. You get to watch amazing views of the river gorge on this historic journey taking you through from one tunnel to another tunnel and viaduct after the viaduct.
6. Go on a Cruise
You can go here sailing or wildlife cruising from the Dunedin Harbour. The wildlife cruises will take you alongside the Otago Peninsula to watch seabirds, seals and sea lions, while dolphin cruises will take you out in search of the ocean’s most playful marine mammals.
7. Taste Some Beer on a Brewery Tour
Dunedin is also known as New Zealand’s most popular beer brand, Speights. Set out to visit these breweries where tastings are compulsory.