Dunedin attractions

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 one-hour guided tours; it pays to book ahead. There's also a p…
Top Choice Museum in Dunedin

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Storytelling is the focus of this excellent interactive museum, which traces the history of human settlement in the South Island. Pass through the new albatross waharoa (entranceway) by master carver James York to e…
Museum in Dunedin

Otago Museum

The centrepiece of this august institution is Southern Land, Southern People, showcasing Otago’s cultural and physical past and present, from geology and dinosaurs to the modern day. The Tāngata Whenua Māori gallery…
Landmark in Dunedin

Baldwin Street

This street proudly held the title of steepest street in the world until July 2019, when Ffordd Pen Llech in the Welsh town of Harlech was officially recognised as steeper by Guinness World Records. Dunedin went int…
Historic Building in Dunedin

Dunedin Railway Station

Featuring mosaic-tile floors and glorious stained-glass windows, Dunedin’s striking bluestone railway station (built between 1903 and 1906) claims to be NZ’s most photographed building. Head upstairs for the New Zea…
Church in Dunedin

St Paul’s Cathedral

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 Gothic interior of this beautiful Anglican cathedral, where s…
Brewery in Dunedin

Emerson's Brewery

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-five-minute tours take you behind the scenes of the brewing pr…
Historic Building in Dunedin

University of Otago

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 magnificent bluestone buildings to admire. The historic heart – bo…
Gallery in Dunedin

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Gaze upon local and international art – including a small collection of Impressionists – at this expansive and airy gallery. Only a fraction of the collection is displayed at any given time, with most of the space g…
Gardens in Dunedin

Dunedin Botanic Garden

Dating from 1863, these 30 hectares of peaceful, grassy and shady green space include rose gardens, rare natives, a rhododendron dell, an exotic bird aviary, a playground and a cafe. Kids love tootling about on the …