Exploring Otago's rich cultural landscape is made easier for visitors and locals alike with the award-winning Otago Arts Guide: art roads of Otago. This region is renowned for its breath-taking landscapes and warm hospitality. A unique way to get to know Otago is through its artists and artisans.
An easy walk around downtown Dunedin exploring the stunning heritage buildings and Edwardian architecture from the early Scottish settlers. Stop in at one of the many cafes for a coffee and bite to eat.
For a guided walk of our architecture, ask the Dunedin i-Site Visitor Centre how to get on a tour.
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.
The ever growing street art scene currently comprises 112 works throughout wider Dunedin, the majority of these are found in the central city, in particular the Warehouse Precinct and surrounds. Download the Street Art Cities app and search for Dunedin to view the most updated map of Dunedin street art.
A moderate 2 hour return walk from the Sandymount Rd car park that takes you to the spectacular cliffs at the Chasm, the Lovers Leap see arch, huge sand dunes and Sandfly Beach.
A walk along part of the Dunedin skyline with views of the city and Taieri Plains. The name, Pineapple Track, was adopted by parties of trampers on this route who rested at the top of a steep section to refresh themselves with tins of pineapple, often leaving the tins hanging in trees or on a fence. In places the walkway deviates from the original track to provide more scenic variation. From the car park off the Flagstaff-Whare Flat Road to Booth Road or vice versa. Take the Dunedin City Transport Glenleith Extension bus to Booth Road.
Mount Cargill, named after the co-founder of the Otago Settlement, Captain William Cargill, provides some of the most spectacular views of Dunedin and the surrounding areas. At 676m, Mount Cargill dominates the northern end of Dunedin. There are two tracks to the summit – from Bethunes Gully or from Mount Cargill Road on the Organ Pipes tracks.
The Rock and Pillar Range is one of Otago's most distinctive upland features; its summit ridge dominated by impressive schist tors or rocky pillars.
The Woodhaugh Gardens Trail through Ross Creek is a popular native bush walk that is relatively sheltered. It is often more popular during bad weather as it allows people to enjoy the outdoors without being forced into a battle with wet, windy weather. The walk starts on George St but can also be accessed from Woodhaugh Gardens, Cannington Rd, Rockside Rd, Tanner St, Burma Rd or Malvern St.
The Silver Peaks range lies right at Dunedin’s back door; between the Taieri River to the west and Blueskin Bay and Waitati in the east. The Silver Peaks Scenic Reserve and adjoining areas provide day walks and challenging backcountry tramping, less than a 30 minute drive from the city.
Self-conducted walks around ponds within the 315-hectare privately-owned wetland. Ponds, swampland and two re-vegetating islands attract up to 60 species of birds. It is regarded as the largest and most important privately owned wetland in New Zealand.
Excellent surf beaches and scenery. Located 10 minutes from the city centre; follow King Edward St, then Victoria Road along waterfront to the beach entrance.
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 tunnel was excavated in the 1870's for the Cargill family so they could bathe in privacy.
Home to an historic steamboat wreck from 1861, the 'Victory', and an interesting rock formation known as the Pyramids. Follow Portobello Road towards the Otago Peninsula, turn right up Weir Road, then follow Dick Road around Papanui Inlet which will take you out to Victory Beach.