About Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula
Otago is the second most southerly region in New Zealand and Dunedin is the main centre.
The Otago Peninsula is a region of unique contrasts and character.
You can enjoy mountainous area’s, open plains, glacier-fed rivers and secluded and deserted beaches.
The diversity of the landscape is matched by the climate.
Dunedin, located at the head of Otago Harbour, is known for its Scottish heritage and Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Otago University ensures that Dunedin has a large student population.
If you are visiting Dunedin on a cruise ship, there are many Shore Excursions to choose from.
The Otago Peninsula is home to many hiking and bike trails as well as colonies of albatrosses, sea lions and rare yellow-eyed penguins. Together with its 20km long harbour, it is home to a large variety of amazing marine wildlife, including The Royal Albatross, the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin and the Blue Penguin.
Discover and book activities in Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula . . .
Dunedin is the region’s only city (population 124,000) and offers something for tourists of all ages. A visit to Dunedin should ideally include:
- Larnach Castle (New Zealand’s only castle) overlooking magnificent Otago Harbour
- Dunedin Public Art Gallery and any of the many private galleries
- Otago Museum, one of New Zealand’s oldest and largest museums
- The Taieri Gorge Railway for an excursion
- Historic Olveston Home
- Dunedin Botanic Gardens
- Speights Brewery
- Cadbury World – for lovers of all things chocolate
- A Dunedin City Walking tour
Not far from Dunedin you will find the Otago Peninsula with it’s rugged coastline and deserted beaches and amazing coastal views. At the foot of Taiaroa Head is the Royal Albatross Centre, where you can see the Northern Royal Albatross in a mainland setting (the only place in the world where this is possible).
Closer to Dunedin City there is the opportunity to view different wildlife, including the world’s rarest penguin colonies.
Cruise Ship Shore Excursions in Dunedin:
Choose from a variety of Shore Excursions specifically designed and created for cruise ship passengers visiting Dunedin.
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