Shouldn’t-Miss Spots When Visiting Dunedin

Shouldn’t-Miss Spots When Visiting Dunedin

New Zealand has become a top destination in the past years, thanks to its amazing natural views and impeccable infrastructure. It consists of two islands – the North Island and the South Island, and there is certainly plenty to see on both.

But if you only have a little time to explore this magical land and you’re headed to Dunedin, the second-largest city on the South Island, you should plan your trip well to see as many things as possible. Here are a few tips that will help you.

Read more: 4 Family-Friendly Places to Visit in New Zealand


Shouldn’t-Miss Spots When Visiting Dunedin

1. Dunedin Botanic Garden

Just because you’re in a city, it does not mean that all you’ll see is concrete. You can find a lush, green oasis at the northern end of central Dunedin in the form of the Dunedin Botanic Garden. It’s a real retreat where you can marvel at 6,800 different species while strolling the lower and upper gardens.

You can check out different rose and herb gardens, a cute pond, a Japanese garden as well as even an Edwardian glasshouse in the lower gardens, while in the upper ones, you have a few walking trails to choose from depending on what you are interested in. It’s especially a good idea to come here during the New Zealand spring when thousands of flowers are in bloom, giving you a spectacular view.

Dunedin Botanic Gardens


2. Tunnel Beach

Thanks to the magnificent location of the city – right by the ocean, you can even enjoy some beach time and majestic views if you decide to check out Tunnel Beach. While instead of swimming (which can be dangerous here), you will be strolling the shore, you will surely be swept off your feet as many regard Tunnel Beach as the most romantic location in Dunedin.

If you are traveling with your family, you will be delighted to find out that the Tunnel Beach Track is suitable for children as well, as it is a fairly short and easy walk that will only take you an hour to complete. What’s more, both you and the kids will surely be fascinated by the rock tunnel that gave the name to this location.

Tunnel beach


3. Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Art lovers will surely want to explore a bit of the local heritage too by visiting a museum or two. If you’re planning to do that, make sure you don’t miss the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the first public art gallery in New Zealand dating back to the 19thcentury.

You will find both local and overseas names here, including world-famous artists such as William Turner and John Constable, and even a piece by Claude Monet. You might even find a new favorite of yours in the form of Frances Hodgkins who was a Dunedin-born artist of the 20th century. The current exhibitions are worth checking out too as it will allow you to organize your time better.

Dunedin Public art Gallery


4. Taieri Gorge Railway

The Taieri Gorge is certainly one of the most famous Dunedin attractions, so it should definitely find its way on your itinerary. And the best way to explore it is, of course, by train! The Taieri Gorge Railway will give you an unforgettable ride through the steep landscape and you’ll be able to enjoy views of a lifetime.

Throughout the ride, you will experience ten tunnels, many bridges, wildlife sightings, old train stations and all in all, a memorable and very authentic experience. 

Taieri Gorge Railway


5. Olveston Historic Home

Finally, a real treat for history lovers, the Olveston Historic Home that was built in 1906 is a treasure trove on the inside. This Jacobean-style building that is just five minutes from the city used to be the home of David Theomin, who was a wealthy merchant and an avid collector of all kinds of artifacts from all over the world.

Each room of this house is overflowing with opulence, and you can observe a vast collection of art, antique furniture and other historic artifacts wherever you turn. It gives an authentic glimpse into 20th century Dunedin.

Olyeston Historic Home



Final Thoughts!

As you can see, Dunedin offers a wide range of different things to see and do, so any kind of traveler can find something they like in this amazing city. All you have to do now is pack your bags!



About the author:

I am Arlette Green a blogger into traveling and moving to the farthest places to explore the world and myself as well. I usually start blogging after I return from my self-planned tours to share my experiences and insights gained throughout the trip. Twitter



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This Post Has 17 Comments

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    Wicked, I randomly came across another article on Dunedin as well, so this is a nice cherry on top!

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    Quin Cl

    I’ve never heard of Dunedin before, but New Zealand is one of the places I would really love to go to since I was a teenager. There’s something about this place, pristine and peaceful. 🙂

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    Never been to Dunedin so reading your post is like a quick short journey there, even though a virtual one, and I love it, and the photos are great! Thanks for sharing this!

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    It is indeed a lovely place to explore, Such great captures I must say that and your description is lovely and the food looks really good.

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    I love travelling & always enjoy reading travelling sharing, wishing I will have chance to visit this place one day
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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    All of these spots looks like so much fun! I would love to go here someday.

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    Neil Alvin

    I have always dreamt of visiting New Zealand. Thabks ti your article, I had a small glimpse of this wonderful country. 🙂 Thank you.

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    The aerial shot of the railway is just stunning. Love that there is a lot to see not to mention plenty of nature spots

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    Cyndi Buchanan

    I have actually never heard of Dunedin. Looks like a beautiful place to visit.

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    I would love to visit New Zealand at some point and spend a good month there. The Tunnel Beach looks so gorgeous, with all those cliffs. The Gorge train looks fantastic as well.

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    Ah I have a few friends in Dunedin but I’ve never been. I should totally make the time to go and visit them!

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    Sue Denym

    That art gallery looks incredible!

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    Ashli Ferguson

    That garden is GORGEOUS!!! I have never been to any kind of botanical garden but I would love to!

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    I have always wanted to see New Zealand, and these pictures just make me want to more. Thanks for yet another Bucket list item!!

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    D’ondra Howard

    Great photos. You guys seemed to have take some serene photos.

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    I need to bookmark this! These places look incredible. Thank you for sharing!

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    Holly Westover

    I’m sold! Dunedin looks amazing! We only got to see the North island when we visited and I have always wanted to go back. Dunedin will be top on my list!

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