Set in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin is the second largest city in the southern parts of the country. Considered by many as a university town as well as cultural hub, the city is one of the oldest in New Zealand, and features some of the best natural scenery, wildlife, and tourist activities that the country has to offer. Often named the Edinburgh of the south, Dunedin has a predominantly Scottish heritage, with many of its streets named after streets found in Edinburgh, as well as a largely Scottish culture, diversified by the many other cultures that the city has welcomed over the years.
Thanks to its position in a natural harbour, Dunedin is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world, who come to enjoy everything the city has to offer, including a variety of activities, both during the day and night. Along with a plethora of different things to keep tourists occupied during the day, many come to the city to visit one of the ever-popular casinos that are available, and during the horse racing seasons in both Australia and New Zealand, fans flock in the dozens to have their go at the betting scene, enjoying such pastimes as Geelong Cup betting, among many others. For those more interested in what there is to do during the day, you won’t be disappointed, as there is just about something for everyone.
Popular Activities During The Day:
- The Octagon: Set in the centre of the city, the Octagon is an octagonal shaped part of inner Dunedin, and has a famous statue of poet Robert Burns set in the middle.
- Dunedin Railway Station: A monument to both New Zealand and British history, the railway museum features a range of different
- The Dunedin Public Art Gallery: This gallery displays some of the best local and countrywide available, and includes a rich historic collection for the public to view.
- Dunedin Botanical Gardens: With over 50 hectares of real estate, the Botanical Gardens are a sight to behold for everyone visiting the city. Among its range of birds and wildlife, visitors can also take in the breath taking scenery that surrounds the entirety of Dunedin.
- Rialto Theatre: An old theatre that has been converted to support modern cinema.
- Cadbury World: Guided tours are available that take visitors around the Cadbury factory, showing them how many of the company’s sweets are created.
- Fortune Theatre: One of the more popular theatres in the city, visitors can expect professional live performances on just about any night.
- Dunedin Chinese Garden: Based on the late Ming and early Ching Dynasty, the garden harkens back to ancient China and all its wonders.
Apart from the free sights and popular attractions, visitors can also enjoy fine dining, clubs, bars, casinos, and much more, as well as a wide range of activities to participate in outside of town that accommodates tourists of all ages. Dunedin is and will always be one of New Zealand’s most appealing tourist attractions.