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Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Otago Peninsula

Nature’s Wonders Naturally

What makes the improbably beautiful beaches of this coastal sheep farm different from other important wildlife habitats is that (apart from pest eradication and the like) they're left completely alone. Many of the m…
Top Choice House in Dunedin

Olveston

Although it's a youngster by European standards, this spectacular 1906 mansion provides a wonderful window into Dunedin's past. Entry is via fascinating guided tours; it pays to book ahead. There's also a pretty lit…
Top Choice Museum in Dunedin

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Storytelling is the focus of this excellent interactive museum. The engrossing Māori section is followed by a large gallery where floor-to-ceiling portraits of Victorian-era settlers stare out from behind their whis…
Top Choice Cafe in Dunedin

No 7 Balmac

We wouldn't recommend walking to this sophisticated cafe at the top of Maori Hill, but luckily it's well worth the price of a cab. The fancy cafe fare stretches to the likes of venison loin and dry-aged beef. If you…
Top Choice Bar in Dunedin

Mou Very

Welcome to one of the world's smallest bars – it’s only 1.8m wide, but is still big enough to host regular DJs, live bands and poetry readings. There are just six bar stools, so patrons spill out into an adjacent la…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Dunedin

Bracken

Bracken's tasting menus offer a succession of pretty little plates bursting with flavour. While the dishes are intricate, nothing's overly gimmicky, and the setting, in an old wooden house, is classy without being t…
Top Choice Market in Dunedin

Otago Farmers Market

This thriving market is all local, all edible (or drinkable) and mostly organic. Grab felafels or an espresso to sustain you while you browse, and stock up on fresh meat, seafood, vegies and cheese for your journey.…
Bird Sanctuary in Otago Peninsula

Royal Albatross Centre & Fort Taiaroa

Taiaroa Head, at the peninsula’s northern tip, has the world’s only mainland royal albatross colony, along with a late 19th-century military fort. The only public access to the area is by guided tour. The hour-long …
Castle in Otago Peninsula

Larnach Castle

Standing proudly on top of a hill, this gorgeous Gothic Revival mansion was built in 1871 by Dunedin banker, merchant and Member of Parliament William Larnach to impress his wife, who was descended from French nobil…
Wildlife Reserve in Port Chalmers

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

From the impressive visitors centre there are great views over this 307-hectare predator-free nature reserve, which encloses cloud forest on the mountainous ridge above Port Chalmers and stretches to the estuary on …