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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dunedin "South Island of New Zealand"

Dunedin, Ōtepoti in Maori, is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the region of Otago. It is New Zealand's fifth largest city in population, the largest in size of council boundary area, and the hub of the sixth-largest urban area. For historical and cultural reasons and its location, Dunedin is considered one of the country's four main centres, although Hamilton has overtaken it in urban-area population and Tauranga has a slightly larger urban-area population.
The city stands on the hills and valleys surrounding the head of Otago Harbour. The harbour and hills are the remnants of an extinct volcano. It is the home of the University of Otago.

Bracken's View

Alongside Northern Cemetery (Lovelock Avenue), it overlooks North Dunedin and the Tertiary Campus. The lookout commemorates poet Thomas Bracken, who is buried nearby. Bracken wrote the words of New Zealand's national anthem.

Signal Hill

At the summit of Signal Hill scenic reserve is a lookout, and a monument comprising two large bronze statues that commemorate 100 years of British sovereignty (1840 - 1940). Dunedin's Scottish ties are recognised by the fact that a piece of rock from Edinburgh Castle is incorporated into the lookout.

Mount Cargill

Three peaks dominate Mt. Cargill, north of the city. Two walkways flank the mount. Vehicle access to the carpark. Views of harbour, peninsula and city and almost half the Otago coastline.


Tussock and subalpine vegetation on the edge of the city centre. Enjoy a 1 hour return walk to the summit. Access off Whare Flat Road. Good views of the city, harbour and peninsula.

Unity Park
Located near the top of High Street. A plane table sets out surrounding features and there are splendid views down the harbour. The bronze bust of Rear-Admiral Richard Byrd (1888 - 1957) recalls the first sea-air exploration of the Antarctic.

Rotary Park

Off Highcliff Road as you drive onto the Otago Peninsula, this stop provides another overview of the harbour, city and surrounding hills, this time looking north and north-east to Taiaroa Head.

Monarch Wildlife Cruises

Bookings: 0800 666 272
Unrivalled viewing of wildlife in its natural and inaccessible environment. See what cannot be seen from land. Albatross, Seals, Penguins and up to 20 species of bird and marine life. One hour cruises from Wellers Rock. Half and full day tours from the city, which include other Peninsula attractions.

There are few historic houses that can offer such authority and conviction as Olveston and involve the visitor in feeling very much part of the experience as a guest in the family home. The Olveston experience is a very personal one.

Natures Wonders Naturally
Spectacular coastal views, Natural wildlife breeding colonies, like Yellow Eyed Penguins, Fur Seals and Sea Lions in their natural habitat

Speight's Brewery Heritage Tours

On arrival take a step back in time on to the cobblestone streets, as you become a part of Speight's history which dates back to 1876

Taieri Gorge Railway

Dunedin's Prestige Rail Experience, the Taieri Gorge LimitedTravel a 78km journey through Dunedin City's unique scenery and heritage, only accessible by train

New Zealand Marine Studies Centre & Aquarium
Come and see unique marine life from southern NZ waters:Octopus, seahorses, crayfish, sharks and more!Spectacular touch tanks! Get your hands wet and your minds salty!

Larnach Castle

Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant baron and politician, for his beloved first wife Eliza. Today, the Castle is the home of the Barker family, who have spent more than thirty five years lovingly restoring the building and recreating the beauty of the 35 acres of gardens and grounds.

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin, New Zealand. Ph: +64 (3) 477 7775 New Zealand's greatest sports performers, their most memorable moments, the trophies and the tools of their trades - all come dramatically alive when you visit the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in the Railway Station in Dunedin.

Penguin Place Otago Peninsula

Welcome to Penguin Place, home of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve, New Zealand's multi-Award Winner.

Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust is a conservation organisation dedicated to the conservation of yellow-eyed penguins and their habitat.

Fletcher House

727 Portobello Road, Broad Bay • Telephone 03 478 0180 This typical Edwardian villa was built in 1909 by Sir James Fletcher, founder of Fletcher Construction Company Ltd. In December 1990 Fletcher Challenge decided to restore the Fletcher House and open it to the public, making it the first villa in New Zealand to be opened for all to enjoy.

Glenfalloch Gardens

Located on the Otago Peninsula, Glenfalloch Woodland Garden is only a 15 minute scenic drive from the centre of town. Glenfalloch, gaelic


Dunedin features the world's most southern motorway, the ten-kilometre (6.2 mi) section of State Highway One (SH1) from the centre of the city towards the southern suburb of Mosgiel. Dunedin is the northeastern terminus of the Southern Scenic Route tourist highway to The Catlins, Invercargill and Fiordland.
Although Dunedin's railway station, once the nation's busiest, is no longer served by regular commercial passenger trains, it is used by local tourist services. The most prominent of these is the Taieri Gorge Limited, a popular and famous train operated daily by the Taieri Gorge Railway along the former Otago Central Railway through the scenic Taieri Gorge. Taieri Gorge Railway also operates to Palmerston once weekly. The station is also sometimes visited by excursions organised by other heritage railway societies, and by trains chartered by cruise ships docking at Port Chalmers.
Dunedin International Airport is located southwest of the city on the Taieri Plains at Momona. It is primarily a domestic terminal, with regular flights to and from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua, Palmerston North, and seasonal flights to and from Queenstown, Wanaka, and Fiordland, but it also has regular international flights arriving from and departing to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Coolangatta.
Plans for ferries between Port Chalmers and Portobello, or for a bridge across the Otago Harbour between these two settlements, have been mooted frequently, but have never reached fruition.
During the 19th century, plans were mooted for a canal between the Pacific coast at Saint Kilda and Anderson's Bay, close to the head of the harbour. These were never carried out.

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