Start your journey by taking in the ornate Flemish Renaissance architecture of the Dunedin railway station and its rich embellishments. Constructed in 1903, it consists of dark basalt from Kokonga in the Strath-Taieri with lighter Oamaru stone facings, giving it the distinctive light and dark pattern common to many of the grander buildings of Dunedin.
Today, the station is served by daily sightseeing trains to Middlemarch or Pukerangi via the Taieri Gorge, and to Palmerston.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Baldwin Street is officially the steepest residential street in the world! The short straight street is a little under 350 m long with an average slope of slightly more than 1:5. A charity event each year in July involves the rolling of over 30,000 Jaffa balls (red-coloured chocolate balls) down the hill, each Jaffa is sponsored by one person, with prizes to the winner and funds raised going to charity.
Explore the beautiful campus of the oldest university in New Zealand, founded in 1869 by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council and accepting its first students in 1971. The grounds comprises of several grand 19th century neo-gothic structures, formed of contrasting dark basalt and light Oamaru stones. The Clocktower building is a Dunedin landmark.
This eight-sided plaza forms Dunedin’s City centre. The plan remains mostly unchanged since the 1800’s, with a ring of civil and public buildings around a central plaza, including the Dunedin Town Hall, Library, Art Gallery, St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, and various cafes and bars. Also home to the statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns, who’s nephew Thomas Burns, was one of the founders of the city.
This prominent building is Dunedin’s primary Presbyterian church dating back to 1873. It was regarded as the most impressive of nineteenth-century churches and listed by Heritage New Zealand as a Category I structure. The church stands on the stump of Bell Hill, a major promontory which initially divided the heart of Dunedin in two.
Cruise along the Otago Peninsula, and admire the spectacular views along the 20 stretch of harbour, and contrast this against the dramatic panoramas of the vast ocean. The Peninsula is the home of an abundance of magnificent marine wildlife, namely the royal albatross, the endangered yellow-eyed penguin, the blue penguins, fur seals and sea lions.
Explore this phenomenal space where towering sand dunes descend onto a pristine white sandy beach. The playground of New Zealand fur seals and sea lions, as well as a colony of the endangered yellow-eyed penguins. Don’t worry, there are no sandflies here, but do keep your distance from the wildlife...they’re much faster than they look.
INCLUDED: Garden and Grounds entry ticket $17 per adult is included in the tour price.
Nestled on the spectacular Otago Peninsula is New Zealand’s only Castle. You can discover its rich history that dates back to 1871 and explore the exquisite gardens, which have attained the rare and prestigious Garden of International Significance award from the New Zealand Gardens Trust. Also a great place for a snack in the cafe now situated in the 280 square metre ballroom.
Facing the wild expanse of the Pacific Ocean, St Clair Beach boasts New Zealand’s most consistent surf break and is a paradise for surfers. It’s also a popular local spot for socialising with lots of cafes and pubs. Major surf lifesaving and surfing championships are regularly hosted here.
Discover one of the most evocative places in the world, where a magnificent sandstone arch sits amongst fossil-filled cliffs and caves. Take the secret tunnel through the rock to a secluded beach with massive sandstone boulders. Keep an eye out for the locals who frequent the beach, including fur seals and sea lions.
I had a wonderful time on this beautiful tour! It was very personalised and showcased many spots throughout Dunedin that I wouldn’t know of otherwise! Absolutely amazing beaches and sea lions…
Thank you for such an amazing trip. We were expecting to join a bus but instead Lucy picked us in a new 6-seater, and it felt like a private tour. We had plenty of time to explore and did not feel rushed at all. Highly recommend! Cheers! ??
Sehr freundliche und hilfsbereite Reiseführerin, die das Programm spontan den Wetter widrigkeiten angepasst hat und dadurch einen gelungenen Abschluss in der Bierbrauerei eingebaut hat. Sehr zu empfehlen! Great Time!
Many think there is not much to see in Dunedin, but this tour proved the opposite. It has beautiful buildings, amazing beaches, nature and wildlife. Lucy was an amazing guide and I saw sea lions right in front of me on the beautiful beaches.