Explore the many diverse adventures on offer within Dunedin's city limits, which spans from the coastal township of Waikouaiti to the southern seaside settlement of Taieri Mouth and inland as far as Hyde. Take in the picturesque harbourside hamlets, beautifully remote beach towns, idyllic rural enclaves and dramatic uplands in every direction, all within an hour of the central city.
All roads lead to Dunedin.....well at least some of the most spectacular roads do. Take in the highlights of the lower South Island by embarking on a self-driving holiday one of the regions official touring routes. Choose from the iconic Southern Scenic Route or the Central Otago Touring Route, both departing or ending in Dunedin depending on which way you tackle them.
Navigating your way around Dunedin is extremely easy with nearly all of the cities attractions and any services you might require, being within close proximity to the city centre, the Octagon. Camping in the city is also common among visitors and information on public holiday dates is noteworthy to ensure activities are open allowing you to make the most out of your stay in the city.
Gold rushes in Otago in the 1860s were the catalyst for rapid economic growth in Dunedin. The number and quality of Victorian and Edwardian buildings extant suggests both the wealth of those years, and the fact that the following century was quieter.
Scotlands Free Church settlers arrived here in 1848, they found a rugged paradise and sought to forge a living. Whalers and traders preceded them, and relations had been established with the region’s Kai Tahu people. Maori had inhabited this area - Otepoti - for centuries.
Despite what you may have heard, Dunedin really turns on the weather for locals and visitors alike with heavy sunshine filled days coining the phrase ''dunner stunner'' - #dunnerstunner. Dunedin has a temperate climate and four seasons, each with their own distinctive beauty. There’s some frost in winter and very occasional snowfalls which usually clear during the day.
Wear comfortable layers. Bring a coat and comfortable footwear – especially if visiting the wildlife on Otago Peninsula. Warm clothing is necessary for the winter months (June-August).
Dunedin is a very accepting, accommodating and well-resourced city for families and people with a disability. Disability Services Information is a not-for-profit organisation that provides disability and health related information to the Otago region.