Dunedin is well known for its location close to the Otago Peninsula, arguably the wildlife capital of NZ. Home to the only mainland Royal albatross colony, yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, fur seals and a variety of sea birds. A number of wildlife tours are available, and a harbour cruise on the 'Monarch' is highly recommended. The Pensinsula has dramatic coastal scenery, with remote sandy beaches, cliffs and headlands on one side, and the sheltered harbour, with coastal villages and boatsheds on the other.
Dunedin thrived during the gold rush era and has many heritage buildings. Guided walks provide an introduction to the city's history. Attractions in the city include the Otago Museum and butterfly house, Toitu Early Settlers Museum, the Chinese Garden, and tours of Speight's brewery and Cadbury's chocolate factory. On Saturday morning there is a highly recommended farmer's market at the railway station, with live music.
Dunedin's stunning coastal scenery continues to the south of the city, including Tunnel Beach, which is only minutes from Blackhead Cottage. The tunnel was cut down through the cliff by landowner John Cargill, to allow access to the secluded beach below for his daughters to bathe privately. Blackhead Beach, a favourite with surfers, is two minutes away from the Cottage.
Other attractions include the Taieri Gorge Railway, which takes passengers on a scenic ride to Middlemarch in Central Otago, numerous art galleries and fashion boutiques, rugby and music events at the Forsyth Barr stadium.
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