The beautiful city of Dunedin is nestled in tree-clad hills at the head of a spectacular harbour. As the hub of and gateway to the Otago region, it has a unique heritage, stunning buildings, contrasting landscapes, a vibrant food and drink scene and an abundance of wildlife on its doorstep. It's one of the most memorable cities in New Zealand - and it's unlike any other.
Dunedin sits on the South East coast of the South Island of New Zealand and is the largest city in the country by area. Its population is 123,000 and, with the leading Otago University, it has a student population of 25,000.
Across Otago Harbour and the peninsula and along the majestic sweeping sandy beaches of St Clair you'll find some of the secret gems of the region: from Tunnel Beach to the rocky tors and tussock of Middlemarch to the starting point for the Otago Central Rail Trail. The seaside settlements of Karitane and Port Chalmers provide the perfect setting to escape the city for the day.
- Dunedin is the world’s fifth largest city, in geographical size, offering lots of leisure and recreational opportunities.
- Dunedin is the Celtic name for Edinburgh.
- The only mainland breeding colony of the Northern Royal Albatross, large majestic seabirds with a wingspan of thee metres, is at the Otago Peninsula.
- Dunedin, and its surrounds, is home to some interesting locals, including the world’s rarest penguin - the yellow-eyed penguin, New Zealand sea lions, New Zealand fur seals and little blue penguins.
- Dunedin’s Baldwin Street is the steepest street in the world.
- Larnach Castle located on the Otago Peninsula is New Zealand’s only castle.
- Dunedin Railway Station is the most photographed building in New Zealand.
- University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest university was the first in the country to admit women to all its classes. It is also the South Island’s largest employer.
- Otago Girls’ High School was one of the first state run secondary schools for girls in the world.
- New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame is, in effect, New Zealand’s national sports museum, the only one of its kind in the country.
- New Zealand’s first authentic Chinese Garden - only the third outside of China and the first in the Southern Hemisphere – is found in Dunedin.
- The Otago Daily Times is New Zealand’s first daily and oldest surviving independent newspaper.
- The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is New Zealand’s first public art gallery.
- The Dunedin (1876–82) was the first ship to successfully transport refrigerated meat. In its capacity, it helped set the stage for New Zealand’s success as a major provider of agricultural exports, notwithstanding its extreme remoteness from most markets
- Dunedin’s Ice Stadium has the biggest curling rink in the Southern Hemisphere. Curling is a game unique to only a few regions.