Dunedin's second grand Presbyterian church sprang up in 1876, only three years after the equally imposing First Church, and quickly became an emblem of the city. Built in the Gothic Revival style out of bluestone edged in white Oamaru stone, its most striking feature is its soaring 50m steeple. Inside there's a beautiful wooden ceiling and such good acoustics that the church is regularly used for concerts and other events.

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1. Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery

0.19 MILES

This oddball collection of skulls, body bits, ethnographic art and beautiful bone sculptures has been assembled by local mural artist and sculptor Bruce…

2. Otago Museum

0.22 MILES

The centrepiece of this august institution is Southern Land, Southern People, showcasing Otago’s cultural and physical past and present, from geology and…

3. Olveston

0.24 MILES

Although it's a youngster by European standards, this spectacular 1906 mansion provides a wonderful window into Dunedin's past. Entry is via fascinating…

4. University of Otago

0.42 MILES

Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is NZ's oldest. Today the university is home to some 21,000 students, and is well worth a wander, with many…

5. St Paul’s Cathedral

0.47 MILES

Even in Presbyterian Dunedin, the 'established church' (aka the Church of England) gets the prime spot on The Octagon. A Romanesque portal leads into the…

6. Emerson's Brewery

0.49 MILES

This impressive brick-and-glass structure is the flash home of Emerson's, the microbrewery founded by local-boy-made-good Richard Emerson in 1992. Forty…

7. Dunedin Public Art Gallery

0.51 MILES

Gaze upon local and international art – including a small collection of Impressionists – at this expansive and airy gallery. Only a fraction of the…

8. New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame

0.54 MILES

At the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame you can try to match bike-champ Karen Holliday’s average speed of 45.629km/h, or check out the high-stepping style…