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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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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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Olveston Historic Home
Olveston Historic Home
Owner description: A 'must visit' for lovers of art, heritage and history, Olveston is lavishly furnished with exotic artefacts, prized artworks, antique furniture, ceramics and statues from around... more Owner description: A 'must visit' for lovers of art, heritage and history, Olveston is lavishly furnished with exotic artefacts, prized artworks, antique furniture, ceramics and statues from around the world. The 35-room Edwardian mansion was designed for a one of Dunedin's most prominent businessmen, philanthropists and collectors during the early 1900s. The house was gifted to the people of Dunedin in 1966, fully furnished with the original contents, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home. The house and its 'Garden of National Significance', within the city's Green Belt, can be experienced at 42 Royal Terrace, within walking distance of Dunedin's Octagon. 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 the group - available on request. 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: Historic Sites
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Dunedin Railway Station
Dunedin Railway Station
Attraction type: Mass Transportation Systems
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Ironic Cafe and Bar
Ironic Cafe and Bar
Ranked #1 of 353 Restaurants in Dunedin
Cuisines: Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
The Perc Cafe
The Perc Cafe
Ranked #2 of 353 Restaurants in Dunedin
Price: $4 - $18
Cuisines: Cafe, New Zealand
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Vault 21
Vault 21
Ranked #3 of 353 Restaurants in Dunedin
Price: $11 - $26
Cuisines: Asian, Fusion
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Etrusco at the Savoy
Etrusco at the Savoy
Ranked #4 of 353 Restaurants in Dunedin
Price: $9 - $23
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, European
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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1908 Cafe Restaurant
1908 Cafe Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Portobello
Cuisines: European, New Zealand, International
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Kiwis Nest
3.0 of 5
Kiwis Nest
$40 - $69
Ranked #9 of 61 Hotels in Dunedin
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On Top Backpackers
4.0 of 5
On Top Backpackers
$33 - $49
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Leith Valley Holiday Park & Motels
4.5 of 5
Leith Valley Holiday Park & Motels
$40 - $63 (NZ$55 - NZ$87)
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Portobello Motel
4.0 of 5
Portobello Motel
$99 - $130 (NZ$136 - NZ$179)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portobello
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Amross Motel
4.0 of 5
Amross Motel
$101 - $136 (NZ$139 - NZ$187)
Ranked #3 of 61 Hotels in Dunedin
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Alexis Motor Lodge
3.5 of 5
Alexis Motor Lodge
$101 - $149 (NZ$139 - NZ$205)
Ranked #5 of 61 Hotels in Dunedin
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Bluestone on George
5.0 of 5
Bluestone on George
$137 - $175
Ranked #1 of 61 Hotels in Dunedin
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Distinction Dunedin Hotel
4.5 of 5
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
$148 - $283
Ranked #4 of 61 Hotels in Dunedin
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Aria on Bank
4.5 of 5
Aria on Bank
$96 - $176
Ranked #6 of 61 Hotels in Dunedin
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