Exploring Places XXXI: Dunedin, New Zealand

Postcard 19 has travelled to DUNEDIN!

Aerial view of Dunedin, Otago Girls' school

Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region. While Tauranga, Napier-Hastings and Hamilton have eclipsed the city in population in recent years to make it only the seventh largest city in New Zealand, Dunedin is still considered to be one of the four main cities of New Zealand for historic, cultural and geographic reasons.

Location of New Zealand

Location of Dunedin
Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.


... being one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

Olveston historic home and gardens
... being the starting point of Many of New Zealand's top bands of the 1980s and early 1990s, establishing the Dunedin Sound. These include The Chills, The Clean, Straitjacket Fits, Sneaky Feelings, The 3Ds, Toy Love, the Verlaines and musicians Martin Phillipps and David Kilgour.

The Dunedin Sound

Dunedin Botanic Garden

Dunedin Botanic Garden
Rated as a Garden of International Significance, Dunedin Botanic Garden is the oldest in the country. It offers formal garden beds on flat land and also more naturalistic plant collections on a sun facing slope. Native birds can be seen in the aviary and the New Zealand Native Plant Collection shows what makes our native fauna so unique.

Otago Museum

Pacific Cultures Gallery. Otago Museum
Otago Museum offers an opportunity to explore the rich history of southern New Zealand, through our outstanding collections covering culture, nature and science.

Larnach Castle 

Larnach Castle
Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only Castle, offers an insight into Victorian Culture. Built from 1871, by William Larnach, Merchant Banker and Politician, Larnach Castle showcases master craftsmanship, New Zealand Antiques and the style of Victorian living. Beautifully restored and interestingly interpreted by the Barker family who have owned and cared for the Castle since 1967.

The Otago Peninsula

The Otago Peninsula is situated on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The Otago Peninsula together with its 20 km long harbour, is the home of an abundance of magnificent world famous marine wildlife, namely The Royal Albatross, the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin/Hoiho and the Blue Penguins, Pukekura.

Yellow-eyed penguin

Dunedin is a small city bursting with character. Packed full of historic buildings, Dunedin is also a gateway to the ruggedly beautiful Otago region, and whether you explore it by car, train or bike there is a wealth of landscapes and wildlife to see.
If you want to find out more about what Dunedin has to offer, which is a lot, watch the video below. 


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