Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery


This oddball collection of skulls, body bits, ethnographic art and beautiful bone sculptures has been assembled by local mural artist and sculptor Bruce Mahalski. If you feel at home with a few skeletons in the closet, you can stay here too (double from $120).

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7. Emerson's Brewery

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8. St Joseph’s Cathedral

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