Dunedin
           

General Information


Dunedin, an endearing city of classical architecture, a city that captivates and enchants, a city in which to linger and explore, a university city of Scottish heritage and New Zealand’s oldest city. It is this uniqueness which makes Dunedin much more than a one night stay. It is a city which will reward you well when you take time to explore. Port Chalmers on Otago Harbour provides Dunedin with deep-water port facilities. Dunedin is the home of the University of Otago the oldest university in New Zealand.

Geography


The city of Dunedin is located on the south east coast of the South Island of New Zealand and is the largest city in land area in New Zealand. It is a city nestled in tree-clad hills at the head of a spectacular harbour. Dunedin has a temperate climate with warm, dry summers and cool, dry winters marked by occasional frosts.

Maori Translation of Dunedin


The Māori name for Dunedin is Ōtepoti

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History


The first European settlers migrated from Scotland and England in 1848. Around 1861 gold was discovered and Dunedin began to prosper to great proportions as it became the largest city in New Zealand at the time, as well, as becoming the industrial and commercial capital. Dunedin became the first city outside of America to incorporate a tram system which was phased out in 1957. As the gold rush came to an end, other cities throughout New Zealand surpassed Dunedin. Today Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island.

Attractions and Activities


Dunedin offers a diverse variety of activities and attractions from unrivalled viewing of wildlife in its natural environment like the Hoiho, Maori name given to the Yellow-Eyed Penguin, to the gardens, breathtaking walkways, sheer cliff faces, river, lake and coastal fishing, golfing, surfing, mountain biking, windsurfing, garden walks, hiking or trekking trails, tours, sightseeing, indoor tennis, netball, horse riding, ice skating or visit the only castle in New Zealand, you may find the right attraction or activity that caters to your personal desires.

Shopping


Shopping in Dunedin’s main street, George Street, or in a number of suburbs, townships with it’s variety of retail outlets from national and chain stores, individual local stores, craft outlets, tourist shops, shopping malls, speciality shops like galleries, artist workshops, clothing designer showrooms, antique dealers, cafes, bars and restaurants gives Dunedin shopping an experience to remember for any avid shopper from locals to visitors.

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