Dunedin & Coastal Otago

The city of Dunedin and the coastal Otago region offer an unforgettable blend of natural and human heritage; world-class wildlife encounters on the coast and beautiful historic architecture in the city itself.

Around the Dunedin & Coastal Otago Region

This is a region of remarkable natural beauty overlaid with a fascinating cultural history. Rich with historic architecture, this is the perfect place to explore New Zealand’s heritage. Yet this is only part of the story. Historic architecture and the well-regarded Otago University forms a backdrop to Dunedin’s vibrant modern culture, known for its designers and student vibe, and world-renowned wildlife experiences in a rugged landscape.

Regional Destinations

Dunedin Home to many noteworthy historic buildings, from Larnach Castle and Olveston House to New Zealand’s oldest university and the Dunedin Railway Station – one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings – Dunedin is renowned for its shopping, and has a particular reputation for cutting-edge fashion. It also offers lively nightlife. Portobello Tiny village on the Otago Peninsula. Port Chalmers Quaint fishing port with charming colonial buildings.

Highlights

Experience the thrill of spotting wild dolphins, seals and penguins. Listen to ghost stories at Larnach Castle – New Zealand’s only castle! Shop for locally designed fashion in Dunedin. Ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway to Middlemarch. Take a scenic walk on the Otago Peninsula. Visit the tiny village of Portobello near Dunedin.

Scottish Legacy

In the 1830s a whaling station was founded in the Otago Harbour, and by 1848 the area was settled by a predominantly Scottish population, with Dunedin given the old Gaelic name for Edinburgh. New Zealand’s first university was founded here in 1869, and the statue of Scottish bard Robbie Burns in The Octagon celebrates this heritage.

Southern Fashion

Dunedin has a big reputation for producing world-class edgy, innovative fashion. Up-and-coming designers exhibit their creations during iD Dunedin Fashion Week – at any other time of the year, you can find their work for sale in boutiques around the city.