Dunedin's Top 5 Photo Spots
Top 5 Photo spots
Signal Hill Lookout
Signal Hill Lookout is a particularly noticeable landform in Dunedin city, providing a view over the city, Otago harbour and out towards the Otago Peninsula. The hill is located North of the head of Otago Harbour and can be accessed via Signal Hill Rd through Opoho to the North of Dunedin city. The site was chosen as the site for Dunedin's New Zealand Centennial memorial to represent the achievements of our country's founders.
The lookout is by far Dunedin's best location for a shot of the city. With such a variety of weather patterns throughout the year in Dunedin, there are plenty of opportunities to snap some wicked shots of the city whether it is of Dunedin sunrise, sunsets containing the fluorescent glow of the city lights or, if you're lucky, you may be able to catch Dunedin blanketed in snow!
New Zealand's only Castle is perched high up in Company Bay on the Otago Peninsula. The Castle has plenty to do for all visitors whether you're interested in admiring the 40 hectares worth of garden the Larnach grounds behold, experiencing high tea like royalty, or experiencing and examining the history of the Larnach family and their lifestyle.
The Castle grounds provide supreme views over Otago Harbour and the Peninsula as well as Port Chalmers. The gardens provide a beautiful foreground for shots of Dunedin with wonderful rolling hills filling the background amongst Dunedin's sunny weather (or at the right time, snow blanketed city).
Taiaroa Head is the stunning landscape feature proudly denoting the end of the Otago Peninsula, overlooking the mouth of the Otago Harbour. A scenic one hour drive from Dunedin, the historic Taiaroa Head area offers spectacular views and numerous activities. Home to a historic lighthouse which was built in 1864, the Heads are also the only mainland colony Northern Royal Albatrosses in the world; they established themselves here in 1930’s. With a population of around 140 royal albatross, the Taiaroa colony has seen more than 500 chicks hatch since its establishment.
Taiaroa Head provides fantastic viewing out towards the South Pacific Ocean with which the lighthouse and birds from the albatross colony can be included in the foreground. If you are faced with your back to the ocean, shots can be taken over the Otago Harbour towards Port Chalmers and Dunedin city.
Best at low tide this twenty minute easy walk from the car park on Tunnel Beach Road through private farm land takes you to a magnificent sandstone sea arch and man-made tunnel to the secluded beach with fossil filled cliffs on all sides. The beach is fantastic for a discovery adventure where visitors can enter tunnels explore the caves.
The water crashing against the sandstone cliffs and swirling around the arch sets the scene for fantastic imagery using the long exposure feature on your camera.
The mountain is named after the co-founder of the Otago settlement, Captain William Cargill. The walking track from the carpark to the summit is dedicated to Sir Alfred Reed, Dunedin publisher, benefactor and long-distance walker. At the Northern end of Dunedin, the mountain stands 676 metres high and takes roughly three to four hours to climb and
Mount Cargill provides views out over the entirety of Dunedin city and the Otago Peninsula. The image below is taken from Mount Cargill towards Dunedin city.