Dunedin is renowned for its beautiful architecture and vast history. It’s a small town that pack in a huge amount of history as you’ll see upon arrival.
♦ The Dunedin Museum is one of the best places to visit. Not only does it have all the information about the early settlers of Dunedin, but also displays how the landscape of Dunedin has changed over the last 200 years. It starts with the Maori tribes, their way of life, then it moves onto how the Europeans used the sea as a mode of transportation to travel to Dunedin, the risks associated during the travel are carefully recreated in the museum. Then comes the life of the early settlers and how the city was built over the last century. All in all, a very good place to spend an afternoon in and it wont cost you a penny.
♦ Olveston Historic house is New Zealand’s version of the UK’s ‘Downton Abbey’ castle. It’s a beautiful building and exhibits perfectly groomed gardens. It’s impressive architecture and hand crafted interior will give you a peak into how the early wealthy settlers lived in Dunedin. A guided tour will cost $20 per person and takes an hour. For this you’ll be guided through all 35 rooms of the house in detail by the well informed guides.
♦ Accomodation. A single bed in a dorm room in Dunedin will cost you approximately $20 NZD per night. We’d suggest staying there for a night or two but no longer.
What we enjoyed most was a walk around the town. In addition to the above you can see Cadbury World and the University of Otago. Head up Signal Hill to enjoy the views of Otago Harbour. Finish up with a walk up and down the steepest street in the world, Baldwin Street.