Dunedin

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, plus endangered yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, fur seals anda 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, including the railway station, churches, Larnach castle and the University clocktower.  Guided walks from the Visitor's Centre provide an introduction to the city's history and scenery.  Attractions in the city include the Otago museum and butterfly house, the Chinese Garden, tours of Speight's brewery and Cadbury's chocolate factory and the botanic gardens.  There are numerous art galleries and fashion boutiques.  On Saturday morning there is a lively farmer's market at the railway station, with food stalls and live music (highly recommended). 

Away from the Peninsula, Dunedin has stunning coastal scenery, 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 to allow his daughters to bathe privately.  Blackhead Beach, a favourite with surfers, is two minutes away.

Dunedin has a wide range of quality restaurants, cafes and bars.  Enjoy sea views at St Clair or the buzz of the Octagon and George Street while you dine.

The Taieri Gorge Railway takes passengers on a scenic ride to Middlemarch in Central Otago, the start of the Central Otago Rail Trail. 

Some links are below.  Visit Tourism Dunedin www.dunedinnz.com for further information.

Blackhead Cottage is an ideal base for exploring Dunedin City and surrounds
Larnach Castle
Dunedin City Cafes and Dining
Otago Peninsula
Dunedin - Albatross ColonyDunedin - Taeri Gorge RailwayDunedin - Speights Ale HouseDunedin - Museum Butterflies

What's on in Dunedin

Chinese New Year Festival, Chinese Garden 31 Jan - 2 Feb

id Fashion week, 30 March - 6 April

Dunedin Fringe Festival, 20 - 30 March

Mid winter carnival, 21 June

Cadbury chocolate carnival, 13 - 18 July

Port Chalmers seafood festival, 21 Sept

Otago Festival of the Arts, 10 - 19 Oct

Click here to visit the Dunedin City Events page

Links

Cadbury WorldCadbury World - Cadbury Chocolate Factory
Experience the mystique of a working chocolate factory, sample and purchase Cadbury products. Cadbury World is located in the centre of Dunedin city at the Cadbury Factory site. The Visitors Centre is a colourful and educational environment with chocolate themed displays. - http://www.cadburyworld.co.nz/home.html

Monarch Wildlife Cruises & ToursMonarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Be fascinated and exhilarated with the wealth of wildlife, dramatic views, so close, so natural – the only way to see it all – Otago Peninsula, Otago Harbour, Taiaroa Head with three time New Zealand Tourism Award winners Monarch Cruises. - http://www.wildlife.co.nz

Royal Albatross CentreRoyal Albatross Centre
The Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, on the tip of the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand, is the only mainland breeding colony for any albatross species found in the southern hemisphere. Visitors to the Royal Albatross Centre can view the interpretative wildlife displays, learn of the historical use of the area and experience the famous Unique Taiaroa guided tours. - http://www.albatross.org.nz
Taieri Gorge RailwayTaieri Gorge Railway
The Taieri Gorge Limited train is Dunedin's prestige tourist train. Departing from the historic Railway Station you journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge. With full commentary, photographic stops and on board refreshments the train offers year round, all-weather entertainment. - http://www.taieri.co.nz

Dunedin Chinese GardenDunedin Chinese Garden
The Dunedin Chinese Garden is an example of a late Ming, early Ching Dynasty Scholar's Garden, surrounded by a four metre perimeter wall.
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/facilities/dunedin_chinese_garden

Dunedin Museum and Butterfly CentreOtago Museum and Butterfly Centre
Discovery World Tropical Forest is the only three level live butterfly experience in Australasia, allowing visitors to experience it from above, through the centre (via an amazing glass swing bridge) and at the forest floor.
http://www.otagomuseum.govt.nz
Central Otago Rail TrailCentral Otago Rail Trail
Otago Central Rail Trail, or as it's sometimes referred to, Central Otago Rail Trail, Otago Rail Trail and simply, the Rail Trail, takes you on a cycling or walking adventure of a lifetime through 150km of some of New Zealand's most memorable scenery and awe-inspiring gold mining history. - http://www.otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz

New Zealand Tourism Guide

New Zealand Tourism Guide Gold Membership

Blackhead Cottage, 247 Blackhead Road, RD1, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Contact Emma or Barry on +64 3 487 8780 or +64 27 620 6031 - Email: info@blackheadcottage.co.nz
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