Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city, with 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 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.