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Dunedin's connection with its first European settlers is clear by its design. Tourists come year-round to experience the vibrant atmosphere and rich culture. Do not miss out on some of Dunedin's main events. These include the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival and the Dunedin Fringe Festival.
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Mid to late summer is the perfect time to visit Dunedin. Being so far south, the days are long, giving you lots of time to explore. The weather is coming into its warmest and most settled for the year.
The Dunedin Fringe Festival attracts artists from across New Zealand. The festival promotes experimental contemporary art and the works of new artists. Enjoy this fantastic festival in late May.
Lanarch Castle is an easy drive from the city, on the beautiful Otago Peninsula. The main attraction in Dunedin is the Cadbury Chocolate Factory. Book a tour anytime. Visit in July for the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, and revel in all things chocolate.
Generally, the weather is very changeable in New Zealand. Many alpine passes get snowfalls. In the south, the roads can be icy during June, July and August. Adjust your driving as roads can be very slippery. Take note of the maximum speeds. This is normally 100 kilometres per hour on open roads and 50 kilometres per hour in urban areas.
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There's plenty to choose from in Dunedin. Enjoy the compact city centre, with its bars, restaurants and cinemas, or head to open spaces such as the Otago Peninsula. After a day of fun, you can now take some rest in your chosen Dunedin accommodation. To help you out, we've compiled a list of the best and most interesting places in Dunedin. Check out our travel guide below.
Hare Hill Horse Treks
Hare Hill is a lovely 60-acre farm located in Deborah Bay on the north side of the Otago Harbour, close to historic Port Chalmers and only 20 minutes drive from Dunedin New Zealand. Hare Hill Horse Treks has brought the unforgettable experience of horse riding through one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand to riders from all over the world. Hare Hill offers various horse riding treks and riding lessons suitable for the beginner right through to the more advanced rider throughout the year. Guests can choose between trails in open paddocks with magical views of the Dunedin harbour and the stunning Aramoana beaches.
The Castle Cruiser
Address: C/o I-Site 50 Octagon
Enjoy a fully guided tour to New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle, which is famous for its fantastic views and "Alice in Wonderland" themed gardens. It is not only a trip to this iconic landmark - you also get a comprehensive tour of Dunedin city included. See the Larnach tomb, Baldwin Street - the world's steepest, Otago University as well as the historic Railway Station building amongst other Southern delights. Special Cruise Ship day tours are also available. Departing from Port Chalmers tours last 6.5 hours or alternatively from the Dunedin i-Site and 5.5 hours. If you prefer touring at night, you can always join their Glow Worm Tour where you will be taken to see these mesmerising and enchanting creatures from a bygone age.
Elm Wildlife ToursAddress: The Dunedin Visitor Information Centre, 50 The Octagon
Explore Dunedin and its surroundings by joining the Elm Wildlife Tours' Otago Peninsula Encounters. This popular tour gets you up close to all sorts of animals, including rare yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, NZ fur seals, and Hooker's sea lions. You may also find albatross at the headland of Taiaroa and other wildlife animals at the bay and lagoons of Otago Peninsula. The family-owned business has been providing tours for more than 20 years and their expert guides can assure you of the best wildlife experience.
858 George Street Motel Dunedin
Address: 858 George Street
This award-winning motel complex is known for its beautiful architecture and central location. Guests staying at 858 George Street Motel have easy access to Dunedin's major attractions, including the Botanic Gardens, Cadbury Chocolate Factory, and Forsyth Barr Stadium. There are also numerous restaurants, cafes and shops located nearby. Whether you are travelling solo or with your family, you are sure to find the perfect accommodation. They have studio rooms, one and two-bedroom suites, executive suites and an accessible unit. Each room is equipped with modern facilities such as complimentary WiFi, flatscreen TV, DVD player, fridge and microwave oven.
Hereweka Garden Retreat
Address: 10 Hoopers Inlet Road RD2
This self-contained luxury accommodation was established by general practitioner Peter Cooke and psychotherapist Anna Moore, who both decided to work part-time to pursue their dream of building a garden retreat. The Eco accommodation has been built with sustainable materials and has received a 5-star rating from TripAdvisor. It was also named as the most beautiful accommodation provider in 2013 by the Dunedin City Council.
Address: 1726 Highcliffe Road, Portobello
This café is famous for its delectable food, great staff, and amazing views. They are known for having the best coffee in the area as well as their homemade venison, traditional Cornish pasties, chicken and mushroom pies, and freshly-made ice cream. The best way to start your day is with a New Zealand Breakfast. For lunch, their specialties include the Fisherman's pie, toasted sandwiches and huge burgers.
Etrusco at the Savoy Restaurant
Address: 8 Moray Pl
Ranked #1 of 210 Restaurants in the city and awarded "Certificate of Excellence 2014"- Tripadvisor, it's not surprising to expect such an exquisite interior that truly takes you to Italy the moment you step through the doors. Not to mention the food, if the romantic atmosphere doesn't capture you, the food will sure do the trick.
Address: 2 Esplanade, St Clair
Nestled on the esplanade of the St.Clair beachfront, you'll discover a slice of Italy as you enter the romantic atmosphere of this classy Italian restaurant. The great set up and spectacular view are only the beginning of this dining experience.