If you decide to stay on for a few days there are lots of great things to do in Dunedin some of our favourites....
Explore the adventures on offer within Dunedin's city limits with Day Tripping in Dunedin. Featuring the cultural highlights, activities, heritage, personalities and more in the villages and settlements within an hour’s drive of Dunedin’s city centre why not create your own unique day trip from these great stories..... Read more
City of Literature
Dunedin is a UNESCO designated City of Literature, a magnificent example of a small city that lives, breathes and connects through its people, its culture and its intense love of literature. Situated in the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin has a population of approximately 123,000 people and although a rather young city in worldly terms, it is well known as a university town of excellence in research and learning, and a city where writers, books and literature thrive.... Read more
Dunedin Street Art Trail
Dunedin has a rich history in the arts and of making art freely available for all to enjoy. It is unsurprising, then, that the city is now embracing street art, with an increasing number of blank walls being transformed into works of art by local and international artists.
Experience these vibrant, whimsical artworks on the Dunedin Street Art trail. Artists include ROA (Belguim), Pixel Pancho (Italy), Phlegm (UK), Natalia Rak (Poland), Dal East (China), Mica Still (NZ) to name a few. Currently there are 28 walls in the trail and the walk takes around 90 mins to complete. You can pick up a copy of the map at the
Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Centre or view the map here.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery houses New Zealand’s oldest public art collection. Old masters feature in its permanent collection alongside significant works by Dunedin and national artists such as Ralph Hotere and Frances Hodgkins. The gallery has a programme of residencies and exhibitions showcasing contemporary artists.
Within 20 minutes walk of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery you will find at least 20 galleries including contemporary jewellery, ceramics and visual art. As you head from the Octagon down Lower Stuart Street look out for Lure, Gallery De Novo, Stuart St Ceramics, Koru Gallery and just around the corner on Castle Street is Inge Doesburg Gallery. Dunedin Railway Station is home to the Otago Art Society. The Artist’s Room, Milford Galleries, Brett McDowell Gallery and the avant-garde Blue Oyster space are nearby on Dowling Street. Mint, Rear Window, Guild and Quadrant Gallery are on Moray Place and Moray Gallery is on Princes Street opposite the Community Gallery and Dunedin Fringe Festival offices. Rob Piggot Gallery on Jetty Street is Dunedin's most recent gallery. Within 20 minutes drive of the Public Art Gallery you can visit Gallery on Blueskin and Roadside Attraction in Waitati; or Philip Maxwell Galleries in Port Chalmers; or Manu Berry, Pauline Bellamy, John Bellamy and Miranda Bellamy at Bellamys Gallery and Shanley Studio in Macandrew Bay.
Olveston Historic Home located on Royal Terrace has one of the largest collection of New Zealand and International art on permanent display in the city.
The Hocken Library, now on Anzac Avenue, has a stellar collection of New Zealand art, photographs, manuscripts and books.... Read more
Otago Museum is one of the nations finest, housing a stupendous collection of treasures from around the world. For an insight into Dunedin’s past, visit Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, situated in the historic Queens Gardens precinct. The focus here is on people and technology. For a fascinating and authentic insight into how peopled lived in Dunedin during the early 1900s, visit Olveston Historic Home located on Royal Terrace. Gifted to the city of Dunedin in the 1960s, the house is fully furnished with all the original contents including artworks, furniture, collectables. For history specifically on the Otago Peninsula, there is a small museum located in Portobello.
New Zealand’s proud sporting achievements are celebrated at the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, just along the road in Dunedin Railway Station.
Steam buffs should visit Dunedin’s unique Gasworks Museum. And Maritime buffs can visit the Port Chalmers Maritime Museum....Read more
The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand's first botanic garden and holds the status of Garden of International Significance. It has hill views from sunny lawns, more than 6,800 plant species and the song of wild native bellbirds, wood pigeons and tui..... Read more