DUNEDIN (South Island)
With so much to explore and so much to adore, Dunedin is discovery galore! As New Zealand’s South Island’s second biggest city, Dunedin is both manageable on foot and crammed full of sights. This is a city that thrives on the best of all worlds: well preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture, grandiose, Lord of the Rings landscape from sea to sky and a youthful demographic that makes the city a creative hub.
Set on the rugged east coast of the South Island, the first thing you notice about Dunedin is how breathtakingly beautiful it is. This naturally comes with plentiful wildlife, with penguins, kiwis and fur seals calling the areas surrounding the city their home. The beaches are long and generous, and offer almost every outdoor activity under the sun. Closer inland, and much of the city’s quirkiness can be found on the amazing Street Art Trail, where local artists show off their talents. For those who really feel brave, a walk up Baldwin Street, the world's steepest residential street, will reward you with fantastic views of the city and beyond.
However, perhaps the quirkiest thing about Dunedin is its innate love of all things Scottish. The city was founded in 1848 by the Free Church of Scotland, a splinter group of the Scottish Presbyterian Church (Dunedin is the Gaelic name for Edinburgh). A statue of Robert Burns stands in the town centre, haggis is often offered as a local delicacy and there is nowhere better in the southern hemisphere to buy a kilt, sporran or bottle of whiskey!