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Dunedin
Rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the world's only mainland albatross colony share residence in Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city. When you're not watching wildlife, this South Island Otago Coast town also boasts impressive historic architecture from its days as a gold-rush mecca. Visit the 1906 Flemish Renaissance railway station or the country's largest center of higher learning, which resembles Glasgow University, thanks to the area's early Scottish settlers.

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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Owner description: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a museum of social history dedicated to telling the story of the people of Dunedin and the surrounding area, whose character, culture, technology... more Owner description: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a museum of social history dedicated to telling the story of the people of Dunedin and the surrounding area, whose character, culture, technology, art, fashion and transport shaped New Zealand’s first great city.Its fourteen themed galleries feature interactive displays and powerful narratives tracing the human history of the area, from the earliest settlers to the most recent arrivals.Captivating exhibitions are complemented by an on site shop and café. A well-equipped research centre and archive is available for those interested in genealogy and other aspects of local history. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Olveston
Olveston
Owner description: Olveston was built for Dunedin businessman, philanthropist and collector David Theomin as a private family home. He lavishly furnished the house with priceless artworks and... more Owner description: Olveston was built for Dunedin businessman, philanthropist and collector David Theomin as a private family home. He lavishly furnished the house with priceless artworks and antiques, furniture, ceramics and objet d'art purchased from around the world; David Theomin was a collector of beautiful objects. Dorothy Theomin (David Theomin's only daughter) lived at Olveston until her death in 1966, when it was discovered the house together with its original contents were to be gifted to the city of Dunedin. Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied in the early 1900s as a family home. Entry inside the house is by guided tour only (1 hour, max. 15 People per group). Tours commence daily at: 9.30am, 10.45am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm. Group bookings available at a time to suit. Tours are conducted in English. Mandarin, Cantonese, German, French, Japanese and Dutch speaking guides are available for groups on request. The gardens, listed as a New Zealand Gardens Trust 'Garden of National Significance' and the gift shop are open daily and free to the public. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites
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Otago Peninsula
Otago Peninsula
Attraction type: Geologic Formations; Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Otago Museum
Otago Museum
Attraction type: Natural History Museums
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Tunnel Beach
Tunnel Beach
Owner description: Tunnel beach is at the bottom of a short, but steep, walk across private land (closed 1st August to end of October, for lambing). In the 1870's it was farmed by John Cargill, he... more Owner description: Tunnel beach is at the bottom of a short, but steep, walk across private land (closed 1st August to end of October, for lambing). In the 1870's it was farmed by John Cargill, he had a tunnel dug to allow his children to access the beach. The beach itself has stunning sandstone formations, some resident pidgeons, Sea caves and some very old graffiti. less
Attraction type: Beaches
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Etrusco at the Savoy
Etrusco at the Savoy
Ranked #1 of 240 Restaurants in Dunedin
Price: $11 - $21
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Pasta
Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Scotia
Scotia
Ranked #2 of 240 Restaurants in Dunedin
Cuisines: Scottish
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
The Perc Cafe
The Perc Cafe
Ranked #3 of 240 Restaurants in Dunedin
Price: $3 - $17
Cuisines: Cafe
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Kamome
Kamome
Ranked #4 of 240 Restaurants in Dunedin
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Gaslight Restaurant & Wine Bar
Gaslight Restaurant & Wine Bar
Ranked #5 of 240 Restaurants in Dunedin
Cuisines: Italian, French, Pasta, Wine Bar
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Kiwis Nest
3.0 of 5
Kiwis Nest
$41 - $59
Ranked #6 of 56 Hotels in Dunedin
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Leith Valley Holiday Park & Motels
4.5 of 5
Leith Valley Holiday Park & Motels
$39 - $76 (NZD 59 - 114)
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Manor House Backpackers
2.0 of 5
Manor House Backpackers
$28 - $51 (NZD 42 - 77)
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Portobello Motel
4.0 of 5
Portobello Motel
$101 - $113 (NZD 152 - 170)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portobello
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858 George Street
4.5 of 5
858 George Street
$97 - $101 (NZD 146 - 152)
Ranked #3 of 56 Hotels in Dunedin
Amross Motel
4.0 of 5
Amross Motel
$95 - $119 (NZD 143 - 179)
Ranked #5 of 56 Hotels in Dunedin
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Camp Estate at Larnach Castle
4.5 of 5
Camp Estate at Larnach Castle
$234 - $309 (NZD 351 - 464)
Ranked #3 of 63 Dunedin B&B and Inns
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Hazel House Boutique Bed & Breakfast
4.0 of 5
Hazel House Boutique Bed & Breakfast
$96 - $110
Ranked #4 of 63 Dunedin B&B and Inns
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Kaimata Retreat
5.0 of 5
Kaimata Retreat
$104 - $329 (NZD 156 - 494)
Ranked #5 of 63 Dunedin B&B and Inns
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