Keys to the city

Publish Date: 18 February, 2020

Wreathed in volcanic hills and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Dunedin is where gothic architecture meets sweeping coastal landscapes, a wonderful mix of quirky urban charm and dramatic natural surrounds.

From wild beauty to diverse attractions, a thriving ‘foodie’ scene, boutique shopping and world-class entertainment, there is so much to discover amongst the winding city streets, beaches and hills beyond.

Create your own personal itinerary here and choose from the must-do activities below.

Larnach Castle
New Zealand’s only castle, with its exciting, sometimes scandalous and tragic history, magnificent interiors, award winning gardens and breath-taking views. Enjoy a tour and finish off in style with a Victorian ‘High Tea’.

Royal Albatross Colony and Little Blue Penguins tour
The Royal Albatross Centre on Taiaroa Head protects the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross and provides close up views of these majestic birds in their natural habitat, as well as great views of the Little Blue Penguin.

Dunedin Railways -  Taieri Gorge Railway
The historic train departs daily from downtown Dunedin into the rugged and spectacular Taieri Gorge, offering amazing views and a fascinating insight of the hardy pioneers who built the railway line. 

Olveston Historic Home
This beautiful Edwardian design family home demonstrates the lifestyle some of Dunedin’s prominent citizens and their involvement in the shaping of the city and our nation. The house and its acre of beautiful garden can are in walking distance from the city centre. 

Speight’s Brewery
See, smell, touch and taste the ingredients which go into making Speight’s beers and discover how Speight’s became a legend in the south. Regular guided tours are available and can be combined with a Speights Alehouse Restaurant meal in the evening. 

Orokonui Ecosanctuary
A specially protected native forest, home to the tuatara lizard and 17 species of native birds. The walking tracks amongst the bush and bird feeding platforms suit all abilities and visitors join guided tours or simply stroll at their own pace...