Explore the beautifully located Dunedin
Situated on the natural Otago Harbor and beautifully encircled by rolling hills is the impressive city of Dunedin. With an abundance of natural splendors and historical sites to see as well as a fantastic tourist infrastructure, Dunedin is a wonderful getaway.
Dunedin was established by the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland. In fact, Dun Edin is the Gaelic name for the city of Edinburgh in Scotland. Dunedin was designed to somewhat replicate the city of Edinburgh. Dunedin gained great wealth during the 1800s Central Otago goldrush as is seen in the magnificent architecture of buildings made of limestone. During the 1900s such activities were relocated in the north; however Dunedin became recognized for its superior tertiary education and extensive research.
Dunedin's affluent past is clearly seen in the Victorian and Edwardian architecture of buildings such as the Municipal Chambers, St. Paul's Cathedral and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Dunedin Railway Station stands out from the rest. Constructed in 1906, the building has a Flemish Renaissance feel. Along the Peninsula you will discover Larnach Castle. Taking 12 years from 1871 to be built Larnach Castle features outstanding views of Dunedin and the ocean. Many lovely gardens are dotted around Dunedin. The Botanic Garden is best known for the Rhododendron Dell, the star of the annual October Rhododendron Festival. Glenfalloch Woodland Garden and Restaurant beside the harbor is some 30 acres in size, a remarkable garden to see. Dunedin has a number of museums and galleries for the culturally inclined. Otago Museum and Discovery World features Maori artifacts and an interactive science centre. Other places to go are Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Speights Brewery Heritage Tours and Dunedin's Public Libraries.
Dunedin offers great opportunities to discover some of natures most elegant and magnificent creatures. Join a cruise of the Otago Harbor where you can observe dolphins, fur seals, penguins, albatross and other birds as well as the areas fascinating geological characteristics. You can get an even closer look at these animals at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre and Westpac Aquarium.
From hostels to apartments and hotels, Dunedin is well equipped to care for your accommodation needs. Dunedin's hotels are modern, offering great facilities and outstanding service. Consider car hire in Dunedin to provide you with ease of transport along the peninsula and to surrounding attractions. Find out about car hire in Dunedin online.
New Zealand's Dunedin has so much to offer - fun-filled activities, nature tours, historical heritage and modern facilities. Dunedin is a well-rounded holiday destination.