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4 hours 45 minutes to Dunedin from Christchurch Airport


Sheltered by a long-dormant volcanic cone and the Otago Harbour, Dunedin is a charming, compact city with fine Edwardian and Victorian architecture. Home to the historic University of Otago, this vibrant city offers great dining and shopping, numerous museums and art galleries, and celebrates its diverse culture in the modern street art gracing it’s heritage warehouse precinct.  Surrounded by beaches and inlets, Dunedin is the gateway to the unique wildlife of the Otago peninsula, including the world’s rarest penguin species—the Yellow Eyed Penguin.

This city is full of authentic welcoming characters that tell it like it is. With abundant wildlife on its door step and heritage buildings housing the great cafes and nightlife.

  • Watch Royal Albatross and penguin at Taiaroa Head.
  • Discover Dunedin history at Larnach Castle or Olveston Historic Home.
  • Cruise the beautiful Otago Harbour.
  • Ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.
  • Climb Baldwin St, the world’s steepest street.


Dunedin seasons


Spring - Sept to Nov
70 - 170

Blossoming gardens are alive with the mating calls of native birds. At Orokonui Ecosanctuary go birdwatching in a sheltered area of native bush with easy access tracks
or join a local guide to see penguins, seals and sea lions.


Summer - Dec to Feb
120 - 280

City parks and gardens are bright with rhododendrons. Albatross chicks hatch at Taiaroa Head. Long days provide time to explore rugged beaches or dine in outdoor restaurants. Try the salt water pool at St Clair or get out in the surf.


Autumn - Mar to May
150 - 210

Autumn’s rich colours make a spectacular backdrop to the heritage buildings of the city. Visit our magnificent gardens of international significance or celebrate Dunedin’s wildlife at the Wild Dunedin festival in mid-April.


Winter - Jun to Aug
60 - 120

In winter, the city comes to life with the Mid-Winter Festival, a lantern parade in the Octagon and the famous Jaffa race down Baldwin St. Glimpse the Aurora Australis
from the peninsula or enjoy a locally brewed beer in front of a roaring fire.

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