intriguing city was founded by the Free Church of Scotland in the 1840’s and is
under severe hills at the head of a long twisting harbour. The city has a distinctive
Scottish flavour with prominent street names from Edinburgh and a statue of the famous
poet Robbie Burns located in the Octagon.
In 1861 the discovery of gold at Gabriel's Gully, to the southwest, led to a rapid influx of people and saw Dunedin become New Zealand's first city by growth of population in 1865. The new arrivals included many Irish, but also Italians, Lebanese, French, Germans, Jews and Chinese.
The city developed rapidly and the University of Otago, New Zealand’s first university
established in the 1860’s as was the beginning of the New Zealand frozen meat export
industry. Numerous outstanding architectural buildings were built. The most
one being stunning the Dunedin Railway Station built in a revived Flemish renaissance
The early wealth is reflected in the many mansions that abound the hills overlooking the Otago Harbour. Visit Olveston a substantial house built in Jacobean style that has been preserved and is open to the public. Larnach Castle built high on the Otago Peninsula is another example of the early wealth in Dunedin and it is also open to the public.
Today the city’s economy is largely driven by the students attending the University of Otago and also has flourishing niche industries including engineering, software engineering, bio-technology and fashion.
Inner city attractions include The Otago Early Settlers Museum and the Otago Museum, Cadbury Chocolate Factory, Speights Brewery and the Chinese Gardens. Also visit Baldwin Street famous because it is the steepest residential street in the world.
The Otago Peninsula offers the visitor a wealth of wildlife. Consider joining a tour of the Peninsula that includes the Royal Albatross Colony on Taiaroa Heads located at the entrance to the Otago Harbour and Penguin Place where visitors can view the Yellow Eyed Penguins in their natural habitat. Another option is to view the Otago Peninsula while cruising the harbour with Monarch Wildlife Cruises.
The Taieri Gorge Railway is a spectacular half day scenic train ride departing from Dunedin Railway Station. Experience the spectacular changes in scenery from a bustling city to the remote hinterland regions, marvel at graceful viaducts spanning deep ravines and admire skilfully crafted stonework on bridges and tunnels.