20 December 2016
Beautiful Portobello has wildlife, great views and excellent coffee, writes Elisabeth Easther.
03 December 2016
Over the past few years, the Dunedin street art scene has exploded.
Gone are the days of grungy punk tags and ugly incomprehensible letters on back alley corners. Instead, there's a growing interest in grassroots art that truly shows off the quirky side of this South Island city. Dunedin is redefining urban culture in New Zealand one beautifully decorated wall at a time.
28 November 2016
If there is a city in New Zealand that can lay claim to Scottish heritage, it’s Dunedin. Even its rugby team is called the Highlanders.
25 November 2016
Elisabeth Easther finds Dunedin's 'arty' suburb - with stunning scenery and rich history - is worthy of a film.
23 November 2016
Setting off on a family holiday without the car can be slightly daunting at first. That metal-plated comfort zone on wheels allows the transport of not just the family members, but their respective piles of possessions that apparently must be lugged around everywhere with them for normal functioning to occur.
16 November 2016
Dayym, the south of New Zealand really knows how to do museums! Far from your dusty old museum of bad mannequins, the Otago Museum is going to be another southern regional museum that blows us away. After seeing the Southland Museum back in Invercargill, we really thought it couldn’t be matched in its diverse collections of impressive artifacts. But, hold up! We think we just found it in Dunedin at the Otago Museum!
16 November 2016
Dunedin is open for business following the earthquakes centred in North Canterbury early Monday morning.
16 November 2016
Nick Beekhuis, owner-operator of Offtrack Mountain Bike Tours, has noticed his season getting longer.
"I am seeing more people after Easter, when that used to be the cut-off. Now I'm getting people into May. For me, the season starts in late November, which is later than other operators might notice.
28 October 2016
Descending the hill into Dunedin, there's a picture-perfect view of the city, extending to the surrounding suburbs and out to the Otago Harbour.
26 October 2016
Dunedin is exploding with new bars, breweries, cafes, restauarants and takeaway spots. From the major redevelopment of Emerson’s Brewery, to the juice bar that took a risk opening in “chilly Dunedin”, to the bar owner who decided to stock up with one of the best ranges of gin in the country, Dunedinites are spoilt for choice. Here are some of Idealog’s favourite haunts.
13 October 2016
A massive cruise ship season for Dunedin is set to start tomorrow and tourism operators believe the city is up to the challenge.
Sun Princess is due to arrive in Port Chalmers at 7.15am tomorrow, signalling the start of a cruise ship season expected to bring 87 cruise ships with a total capacity of 250,000 people to the city.
10 October 2016
Dr Ian Griffin aims for the stars. The Dunedin man is behind the first southern hemisphere flight to the Aurora Australis.
The chartered flight, organised by the Dunedin branch of travel agency Orbit, is confirmed for March 23, 2017. Read the full story here
05 October 2016
Jon Underwood begins a week-long tour of the South Island of New Zealand in an Apollo Campervan.
03 October 2016
Dunedin's winter tourism push may be bearing fruit, with a strong rise in tourism expenditure for August.
Wanaka was again the leader in New Zealand, with its 16.3% annual increase continuing strong expenditure growth.
15 September 2016
On an insider tour of Dunedin’s hidden treasures, Eleanor Ainge Roy discovers the other Edinburgh deserves a second glance.
07 September 2016
Air New Zealand will add another jet and 5000 more annual flight seats between Dunedin and Wellington, the airline announced yesterday.
The news follows an announcement by the airline in April of an extra 30,000 airline seats between Dunedin and the capital.
07 September 2016
A campaign aimed at bringing Brisbane residents to Dunedin for a winter escape has been applauded after a report showed a spike in airline bookings from the Australian city.
24 August 2016
Discover the Southern Scenic Route, with Giovanna Dell'orto
10 August 2016
The historical legacy of what was New Zealand’s largest town during the golden era of the 1860s, combined with the modern energy brought in by the lively students and a vibrant arts scene, create an atmosphere which is unrivalled by any other in New Zealand. Who would have thought that Gothic architecture could go so well with anarchic street art?
18 July 2016
It's been four years since I left Dunedin, and something strange has happened. It's become cool.
I'm not talking about the temperatures, either. I reckon little old Dunners is right up there with the hipster havens of Wellington and Melbourne.
It's a revolution that has quietly been taking place on my Instagram feed over the last couple of years. Friends would post photos of a giant tuatara, nibbling at its tail as it stretches across a brick wall. Or a pipe organ player, shooting colourful birds into the sky as he plays his instrument
Where were they finding these incredible walls? In tiny wee Dunedin? Surely not.
12 July 2016
Dunedin has attracted conferences in just the last three months that will bring about $1.5 million to the local economy, and has applied for three more that could bring another $3.8 million.
22 June 2016 (901.8 KB in PDF format)
You asked for better flights services in and out of Dunedin, and Air New Zealand has heard you. When the changes come in, you’ll have more time to get work done if you’re travelling for business. And if you’re flying on, your connections will be quicker and more convenient.
20 June 2016
2015 was an exceptional year for Dunedin hotels which collectively recorded their best results in five years, according to new Tourism Industry Aotearoa research.
TIA’s eight member hotels in Dunedin enjoyed 75.3% occupancy, up 1.7 points on 2014, TIA Hotel Sector Manager Sally Attfield says. This was the city’s highest occupancy rate in five years.
The average daily rate (across all star grades) rose to $133, up $8 on the previous year, and also a five year high. This generated total revenue of $27 million.
16 June 2016
Popular Japanese travel show Tabi Salad visited Dunedin recently, hosted by Enterprise Dunedin and Tourism New Zealand. Fantastic Dunedin footage starts at 57.20.
16 June 2016
Otago is experiencing a boom in conference and event tourism.
A positive outlook for the industry, worth $55 million to Dunedin alone last year, has also been reported in Oamaru and Queenstown, despite some issues with venues and accommodation.
That issue, in Queenstown and Christchurch in particular, has been Dunedin's gain
09 June 2016
‘New Zealand is simply an amazing golf destination. It has some of the best golf courses I have ever played. It should be a must-visit place for golfers from all over the world. You won’t be disappointed.’ Lydia Ko New Zealand golfer Tourism New Zealand has created new content around the countries unforgettable golf tourism offerings. Dunedin is included in New Zealand’s Experience Golf Courses, take a look here:
09 June 2016 (9.7 MB in PDF format)
Dropping anchor in New Zealand’s Dunedin? Chris Pritchard has a few tips.
18 May 2016
We know winter is on its way, even though it’s been reluctant to flash its fangs. But when it does, take the plunge into the hot-tub of hearty southern hospitality, in delightful Dunedin. You’d struggle to find a comparably sized city that serves up such a spoil of fabulously distinctive visitor experiences. Richly blessed with flippered possibilities, the wildlife charms of Otago Peninsula are a must, although I also love heading to Portobello and Port Chalmers to embrace the elements, soaking up the panoramas on a coastal walk.
12 May 2016
The future of Dunedin's air connections with the rest of New Zealand looks assured, and there is perhaps a glimmer of hope direct transtasman flights to cities apart from Brisbane may return. Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said at the Trenz conference in Rotorua recently that Dunedin was "a classic case of a region that is getting its act together very well''. "The degree of collaboration between the stakeholders in Dunedin city is much more aligned than it's ever been.'
01 May 2016
IT’S picture-postcard New Zealand: sheep grazing on grassland sloping gently to a small cliff where a path leads to a beach called Sandfly Bay, a long strip of white sand dotted with about 20 boulders. At least, I think they’re boulders. About 5m apart, three yellow-eyed penguins stand sentinel-like at the cliff’s edge and gaze out to sea. “Their nests are nearby,” my guide whispers. “They came ashore down there and clambered up the path.” Suddenly, a couple of boulders appear to move. It’s then that I realise they aren’t boulders at all. “Plenty of sea lions today,” the guide says. Moments later we’re scrambling down the path, poised for a memorable wildlife encounter and assembling on the sand for a briefing: don’t walk between sea lions and the sea, don’t stand between mums and pups, don’t touch sea lions, stand well back from aggressive-looking bulls. This full article was published in ‘Escape’ section of Australian-wide Sunday newspapers
25 April 2016
Dunedin has long been known for its musical talents, and now it's making a name as a street art destination.
07 April 2016
An extra 30,000 annual airline seats have been added to Air New Zealand's Dunedin to Wellington flights as Jetstar announces it plans to compete with the national carrier by offering night flights at Queenstown. The news comes in an environment of a burgeoning tourism market, and on the back of increasing flights and new routes in both centres. In Dunedin, the news has been lauded as a vote of confidence in the city. Air New Zealand announced yesterday it would replace its turboprop ATR aircraft between Wellington and Dunedin with jet services, from October.
06 April 2016
A campaign to encourage Australian female family ‘‘decision-makers'' and ‘‘empty-nesters'' to experience Dunedin in winter has begun. Dunedin City Council agency Enterprise Dunedin has joined local tourism operators, Air New Zealand, TripAdvisor and others to create the Where the Wild Things Are campaign. The campaign, costing $120,000, began yesterday. It will promote events such as the Wild Dunedin Festival, the Midwinter Carnival, Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival and Jaffa Race, the International Science Festival and Puaka Matariki celebrations to women who made the decisions in families and ‘‘empty nester'' couples in Australia.
09 March 2016
Checklist 23 visited Dunedin in November, check out their great travel show here.