Dunedin is the second city of the South Island after Christchurch, a quaint city with many historic buildings and blessed with a magnificent harbour. The surrounding Otago Peninsula and area is renowned for its incredible diversity of marine wildlife, and eco-tourism thrives here. You can get up close with the world's rarest penguins, visit the world's only mainland breeding ground of the Royal albatross and see fur seals ans sea lions laze about on a rock or beach.
The dramatic coastline in this region has many stunning white sandy beaches with excellent surfing as well, though the water is cold here. Tunnel Beach just south of St Clair beach has sea-carved limestone cliffs rock arches and caves and kids will love the walk through an the excavated cave to a secluded and spectacular beach.
Further down the coast is the region known as the Catlins, which stretches from Waipapa Point to Nugget Point. It includes a number of fine forests with many beautiful waterfalls, bays and scenic reserves and also a great place for wildlife spotting.
Things you shouldn't miss in Dunedin
- Visit Tunnel Beach.
- See the world's rarest penguin, the blue penguin.
- A walk in the beautiful Catlins Forest.
- Curio Bay and Nugget Point in the Catlins
- Explore city's vibrant and lively centre.