Otago has been celebrating its anniversary day this week. While it’s a region that showcases all the best of New Zealand from the stunning alpine landscapes and wineries of Central Otago to wild beaches and heritage buildings, we thought it was a good time to shine the spotlight on Dunedin and find out what makes it a great place to live.
From albatross, seals and penguins to native birds and tuatara Dunedin and Otago Peninsula are teeming with wildlife. Head to Orokonui Ecosanctuary for a variety of native birds and Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula, one of only two places in the world where albatross breed at a mainland site. The peninsula is also dotted with walking and cycling tracks which afford great views over the harbour and out to sea. Dunedin is also surrounded by fantastic beaches from the wild surf at St Clair, and the white sands of Aramoana to the epic cliffs of Tunnel Beach.
- Fine foods
In amongst the stunning scenery Dunedin is a thriving cosmopolitan city. Dine out at some fantastic restaurants such as Madam Woo, The Bund, Laneway or Vault 21 to name just a few. Try one of the myriad local food producers selling at the weekly Otago Farmers Market at the stunning Dunedin railway station or discover their produce in boutique food stores such as Taste Nature or Havoc Farm Pork which have taken up residence in some the city’s stunning heritage buildings. For the thirsty, Dunedin also has a fine brewing history as home to a newly revamped Speights brewery.
- A slice of history
Dunedin has some of the country’s finest Victorian and Edwardian buildings. There’s the iconic railway station, the city’s Municipal Chambers, the old Bank of New Zealand and even Dunedin Prison to name a few. Further out on the peninsula you’ll find the stunning Larnach Castle, famous for its gardens as well as it impressive interiors. For a full perspective of the region’s history make a visit to the excellent Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.
Go further ….
- For artisan boutiques, cool cafes and amazing views head around the harbour out of Dunedin to Port Chalmers.
- About an hour’s drive north of the city you’ll also find the remarkable spherical Moeraki Boulders.
- For more information about living and working in Dunedin visit dunedinnz.com
- To find property or Harcourts sales consultants in Dunedin or around Otago visit www.harcourts.co.nz