A lively, architecturally rich city framed by a magnificent harbour, Dunedin is the wildlife and heritage centre of New Zealand and gateway to a striking hinterland. Located on the east coast of the South Island, you’ll want to stay much longer than planned.
Originally a Scottish settlement, Dunedin is widely regarded as the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage city in the southern hemisphere. It is home to some of New Zealand’s top fashion designers, boutique shopping and a vibrant cafe and bar scene close to the town square, known as the Octagon.
Local attractions include the much photographed Dunedin Railway Station, the Clock Tower at the University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest and most pre-eminent University, and Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle.
Stretching along the southern edge of Otago Harbour from Dunedin, the Otago Peninsula is one of New Zealand’s most renowned eco tourism areas.
Predominantly of volcanic origin, Otago Peninsula, is renowned for the world’s only mainland albatross breeding colony at Taiaroa Head and various other ocean bird, seal and penguin species, including one of the world’s rarest, the yellow eyed penguin.
The natural unassuming splendour of Otago is a major draw card. The rugged but welcoming hinterland can be accessed via the Taieri Gorge Railway which enables a link to Middlemarch and the Otago Central Rail Trail. Alternatively it scales the cliff tops to provide spectacular views of Port Chalmers and the Pacific Ocean coastline on its Seasider route.
Located on the coast mid-way between Dunedin and Oamaru, don’t miss the magical Moeraki Boulders, formed around 60 million years ago. According to Maori legend, the circular boulders are gourds washed from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand some 1000 years ago.
We stayed one night and the room was very clean, easy access and very cosy! Considering the weather in Dunedin wasn’t the greatest we didn’t feel cold at all in the room and the bed had electric blanquette, big thumbs up for me.
This motel was within a good walk into Dunedins centre. The room had all that was needed in it. We felt it was separate to rest of building but nice and private. Thankfully the room had a good heater and electric blanket was a necessity.
The Cable Court was a very comfortable and nice place to stay for our short time in Dunedin. The room was clean, nicely maintained and comfortable. The staff at the hotel were incredibly friendly and helpful and made our stay really nice.