Things to do in Dunedin

Activities, attractions and tours
Larnach Castle which includes a castle and street scenes

Places to Visit in Dunedin

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Top places to visit

1. Larnach Castle

Explore the striking Larnach Castle and admire its elaborate woodcarvings and crystal chandeliers. Learn the tragic story of its original inhabitants and admire breathtaking views of the Otago Peninsula from the well-tended grounds.
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Discover tales of romance and tragedy, see rare Victorian furniture and take in stunning ocean vistas at New Zealand’s only castle.

2. The Octagon

Visit The Octagon to admire the superb cathedral and Victorian town hall, relax with a coffee at one of many open-air cafés or lie on the lawns and escape the busy city streets. Dunedin’s eight-sided central plaza is the ideal first port of call on your tour of the city.
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Dunedin’s city center combines some of the city’s finest historic buildings with serene parkland and relaxed cafés.

3. Dunedin Botanic Garden

Spend a day in nature at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Wander amid towering trees and marvel at multi-coloured flowers from all corners of the globe. Visit an aviary and appreciate the views from the garden’s hills. Established in 1863, Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand’s oldest botanical garden. It covers an area of around 30 hectares (75 acres), which consists of an arboretum, greenhouses, rockeries, and more.
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Spot native birdlife, admire thousands of colourful plant species and enjoy picnics on lush green lawns at this pretty public garden.

4. Regent Theatre

Choose a performance to attend from the year-round program of ballets, concerts, musicals, operas and other events at Dunedin’s Regent Theatre. The theatre is actually a collection of three individual buildings set on The Octagon plaza. The oldest of these buildings, the magnificent auditorium, dates back to 1876. Admire its revived Baroque style and book a seat for a performance in this space with capacity for just over 1,600 patrons. Join a guided tour and go behind-the-scenes at the auditorium, stage and dressing rooms.
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A busy schedule of book fairs, family-friendly theatrical shows, film screenings, live concerts and well-known Broadway productions makes this city theatre a one-stop venue for cultural events.

5. Baldwin Street

Put your legs to the test as you climb the almost impossibly steep road to the summit of Baldwin Street. Rest at the top and enjoy views across the city and parkland. Then make your way back to town for a well-earned drink.
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Known for its colossal mountains, rough seas and wild rivers, New Zealand is also home to the world’s steepest residential street.

6. Signal Hill

Signal Hill is a hilltop observation point that rises above the northeast region of Dunedin’s city centre. Come here to enjoy some peace and quiet while surrounded by inspiring natural scenery. Marvel at the panoramic views of the city’s coastline and spot historic landmarks. At its highest point Signal Hill reaches 393 metres (1,289 feet) and is encompassed by picturesque parkland.
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Bike, drive or walk to this hilltop lookout to admire the uninterrupted views over Dunedin’s Pacific Ocean coastline and Otago Harbour.

7. Otago Museum

Study a display of indigenous artefacts that includes a 19th-century canoe and fine woodcarvings at the excellent Otago Museum. Stand beside the skeleton of a huge fin whale and stroll around a living rainforest complete with colourful birds and butterflies.
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Find prehistoric fossils and ancient statues. Learn all about the enthralling cultural and physical history of New Zealand.

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