ITINERARIES

There is plenty to see and do in Dunedin, whether you're into arts and culture, wildlife, having fun with the family or just enjoying the view, there's something here for you.

We provide you with a vehicle, a GPS Navigation System and an itinerary.  Some Dunedin attractions have an entry fee, and some require pre-booking.

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​Port Chalmers is the main port of Dunedin and has a population of 3,000.   It lies ten kilometres inside Otago Harbour, almost 15 kilometres northeast from Dunedin's city centre.

As well as the central area, there are many suburbs around Port Chalmers. 

As well as shipping, the creative arts are important to the area's economy, with the town regarded as having "alternative lifestylers".   Some noted musicians and artists call Port Chalmers home, including the late Ralph Hotere.



Flagstaff Lookout - 1 min drive from ship - The lookout provides a birdseye view over the Port and it's surrounding suburbs. Behind the flagstaff lies the Hotere Sculpture Garden, and from there you can choose to walk down to the Back Beach Reserve.

Careys Bay - 2 min drive from ship - Renowned for it's maritime history, Careys Bay was a thriving community in the later half of the 19th century when gold was discovered in Central Otago. The main landmark is the historical Careys Bay Hotel.

Aramoana - 14 min drive from ship - Also known as "The Spit", this small coastal settlement is beautiful and picturesque. Take a stroll along the beach, or wander out along the mole and see some sleepy seals basking on the rocks. 



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Visit the most popular Dunedin attractions -

Baldwin Street - the Worlds' Steepest Street, which runs up the northern side of Signal Hill, with slopes of up to 1:2.86.

Dunedin Botanic Garden and Aviary - New Zealand's first botanic garden, showcasing over 6800 plant species, plus the aviary with over 200 birds, including New Zealand's native Kaka and the cheeky Kea.

Otago Museum - boasting one of the largest collections in New Zealand with long-term gallery displays and an interactive science centre. Also home to the Tropical Butterfly Forest*, with hundreds of exotic butterflies, birds, fish, turtles, gecko and plants. The forest is kept at 28 degrees and approximately 75% humidity.

Dunedin Railway Station - A beautifully restored architectural masterpiece, regarded as the most photographed building in New Zealand and the jewel in the crown of New Zealand Railways.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum - Learn about the people who shaped New Zealand's first great city, including exhibits on culture, technology, art, fashion and transport. Also Dunedin's famous Locomotive, "Josephine".

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The Otago Peninsula is the wildlife capital of the South Island, and is home to Little Blue Penguins, the famous Albatross, Stewart Island Shag, Seals, Hooker Sea Lions and the occasional Sea Elephant. The drive down to the Peninsula is scenic and picturesque, and there are many things to stop and enjoy along the way.

Glenfalloch Woodland Garden - an historical garden, established from 1871. A tranquil and beautiful garden with panoramic harbour views amongst the rhododendrons, azaeleas, magnolias and many more flower species plus New Zealand native species.

Larnach Castle* - Restored by the Barker Family, the former home of William Larnach has an exciting and sometimes scandalous and tragic history. Larnach Castle and it's 14 hectares of grounds offer you a vision of the past and present.

Fletcher House* -  A fully restored Edwardian Villa built in 1909, furnished in the style of the period. The first Villa in New Zealand to be opened to the public.

Penguin Place*^ - Visit the world's most endangered penguin, the Yellow Eyed Penguin on a guided walking tour through a unique system of trenches and hides to view the penguins undisturbed at close range.

Royal Albatross Colony* - Located on the tip of the Otago Peninsula, Taiaroa Head is home to the magnificent and majestic Albatross. This is the only place in the world you can view the Northern Royal Albatross in their natural habitat.

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Dunedin has many historical buildings and churches, many of which are located around the Octagon / Moray Place area, on Stuart Street, and along George Street. Dunedin is also home to several museums and art galleries.

​Otago Museum - Boasting one of the largest collections in New Zealand with long-term gallery displays and an interactive science centre. Also home to the Tropical Butterfly Forest*, with hundreds of exotic butterflies, birds, fish, turtles, gecko and plants. The forest is kept at 28 degrees and approximately 75% humidity.​

Olveston*^​ - The historic former home of Mr David Theomin, a Dunedin businessman and philanthropist, was bequeathed to the city in 1966 by his daughter, Dorothy. Jacobean in style, Olveston and it's collections represent a sumputous life in Edwardian New Zealand.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Home to a significant collection of New Zealand artworks, as well as historical European art, Japanese prints and decorative arts.

​Dunedin Railway Station - A beautifully restored architectural masterpiece, regarded as the most photographed building in New Zealand and the jewel in the crown of New Zealand Railways.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum - Learn about the people who shaped New Zealand's first great city, including exhibits on culture, technology, art, fashion and transport. Also Dunedin's famous Locomotive, "Josephine".

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Dunedin has plenty to offer families, whether you're after a quiet stroll amongst the flowers, or you want a chocolate overload - there's something for everyone.

Baldwin Street - the Worlds' Steepest Street, which runs up the northern side of Signal Hill, with slopes of up to 1:2.86.
Dunedin Botanic Garden and Aviary - New Zealand's first botanic garden, showcasing over 6800 plant species, plus the aviary with over 200 birds, including New Zealand's native Kaka and the cheeky Kea.

Dunedin Railway Station - A beautifully restored architectural masterpiece, regarded as the most photographed building in New Zealand and the jewel in the crown of New Zealand Railways.
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum - Learn about the people who shaped New Zealand's first great city, including exhibits on culture, technology, art, fashion and transport. Also Dunedin's famous Locomotive, "Josephine".

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See how Dunedin was born, and the things that make it unique. Learn about the history of New Zealand's first great city - Otago.

​Olveston*^​​ - The historic former home of Mr David Theomin, a Dunedin businessman and philanthropist, was bequeathed to the city in 1966 by his daughter, Dorothy. Jacobean in style, Olveston and it's collections represent a sumputous life in Edwardian New Zealand.

Dunedin Railway Station - A beautifully restored architectural masterpiece, regarded as the most photographed building in New Zealand and the jewel in the crown of New Zealand Railways.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum - Learn about the people who shaped New Zealand's first great city, including exhibits on culture, technology, art, fashion and transport. Also Dunedin's famous Locomotive, "Josephine".

Speight's Brewery*^ - Brewing the pride of the south since 1876, Speight's produces their fine ales right here in Dunedin. Learn about the history of Speight's, and how the beer is made. On this award-winning tour, you'll see, smell, touch, and taste the ingredients that go into making Speight's beers, and most importantly you'll get to sample the finished product!

Signal Hill - This is perhaps the best place to see the Otago Peninsula and Harbour and Dunedin City in all it's glory. Signal Hill lookout is the site for New Zealand's Centennial Memorial, representing the acheivements of our country's founders.

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The Coastal Otago drive is scenic and picturesque, with beautiful beaches, and historic landmarks.

Shag Point - 55min drive from Port Chalmers -  The Shag Point area has diverse marine life and interesting flora and geology. View Yellow Eyed Penguins from a platform overlooking the beach, and see seals from the cliff-top viewing area.

Moeraki Boulders - 1 hour drive from Port Chalmers -  The boulders are a group of very large spherical "stones" on Koekohe beach near Moeraki. The boulders are concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from the coastal cliffs, and some are as big as 3 metres in diameter and weigh several tons, while others are the size of a football.

Totara Estate* - 1 hour 20 min drive from Port Chalmers -  Totara Estate is an historic farm, and the birthplace of New Zealand's billion dollar frozen meat industry. See a museum display covering Totara's grand estate days, archaeological remains, and learn about the birth of New Zealand's meat industry.

Oamaru - 1 hour 30 min drive from Port Chalmers - Oamaru is a gorgeous harbour town, and is home to some of New Zealand's best 19th century architecture. Oamaru has one of the country's oldest public gardens - featuring a large play area for the children, and a small aviary. Step back in time when you wander through Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, visit the two penguin colonies or go for a walk on the pier in the harbour.

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