Destination Dunedin

Known as 'Edinburgh of the South', Dunedin has strong Scottish roots and is one of the best preserved 19th century cities in the Southern Hemisphere. In terms of land area, Dunedin is the largest in New Zealand, and indeed the fifth largest in the world. And interestingly, Dunedin's Baldwin Street holds the unusual distinction of being the world's steepest street. Yet beyond these curiosities, the greater Dunedin area offers the visitor a number of attractions which include...

The Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Garden is famous for the Rhododendron Dell, its exotic beauty celebrated every year in the third week of October with the Rhododendron Festival.

Otago Peninsula
Dunedin is home of Otago Peninsula, offering some of the world's rarest and most breathtaking wildlife. Tairoa Head at the head of the Peninsula is the only mainland breeding ground in the world for the Royal Albatross.

The Otago Museum
The Otago Museum and Discovery World is renowned for its Maori and Pacific Island collections and its natural history displays.

The Otago Settlers Museum
The Otago Settlers Museum features the social history of Otago, seeking to tell the stories of the people who have made Dunedin and Otago their home. Matanaka was Otago's first farm, while today it offers a step back in time to the atmosphere of a typical 1840's farm.

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery
The DPAG is acknowledged for its collections of 16th to 19th century British and European water colours and oils, while its ongoing programme of international and national exhibitions is worthy of further investigation.

City Of Tradition

Commemorating the famous Scottish poet, the Robbie Burns statue, was commissioned in 1886 and erected on 28 March 1887 before an audience of around 8,000 locals. Today is it exists as a testmenent of the the city's strong Scottish roots which are evident in its architecture. The Dunedin townscape is characterised by a high concentration of heritage buildings – the highest in New Zealand.

Dunedin Railway Station Buildingt Among these is the Dunedin Railway Station Building, which was opened in 1906 to cater for the travelling public of, what was at the time, New Zealand's commercial centre. Its sheer size, grandiose style and rich embellishments, not surprisingly, earned architect Mr George A Troup, the nickname of 'Gingerbread George'. The Railway station is only one block from the Law Courts Hotel, running a daily tourist trips from the Railway station to Otago's famed Taieri River Gorge and back. Other notable attractions include:

The University of Otago
It was founded in 1869, and opened in July 1871, it remains a vital aspect of Dunedin's university city status.

Did you know...

Dunedin is a popular all year round destination for travellers and visitors alike. The city has much to offer during the winter months. Although temperatures during this time are cooler, generally speaking days are temperate due to Dunedins coastal location and some days can get surprisingly warm.

It is well known that the South Islands inland destinations offer the best in skiing during the winter months. If you are making a trip during the winter season, do consider making Dunedin and the Laws Courts Hotel a stop on your itinerary.