New Zealand

Dunedin & Coastal Otago

Dunedin & Coastal Otago

Dunedin

 Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city, a university city of Scottish heritage, possesses a unique combination of cultural riches, fine architecture, and world-famous wildlife reserves on the Otago Peninsula.

The sheer physical beauty of Dunedin, dramatic bush-covered hills and valleys at the head of a long natural harbour, attracted Maori settlers to the site over four centuries ago.   Scottish migrants established a town here and years later gold was discovered and the small settlement of Dunedin became the centre for the nation's wealth. Soaring cathedral spires, a magnificent Flemish-style railway station, fine banks and office blocks, a nineteenth-century castle, old university buildings and a neo-gothic convent are among the city's architectural treasures.

The Otago Peninsula, a brief drive from the city centre, provides the opportunity to vie a remarkable range of wildlife.

 

Oamaru

Omaru is a gorgeous harbour town just 90 minutes north of Dunedin.  The whitestone townscape of Oamaru contains some of the best preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand.  Oamaru harbour is home to a colony of little blue penguins.  Viewing is best just before sunset when the penguins waddle ashore for the night.

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