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How to Spend 1 Day in Dunedin

How to Spend 1 Day in Dunedin

The southern city of Dunedin charms travelers with its Scottish architecture, vibrant student culture, and artsy vibe. In one day you can see the highlights of the central city and North Dunedin. From visiting colonial-era churches to hiking up the steepest street in the world, here’s how to make the most of your time.

Morning: Art and Architecture

Some cities have squares or plazas. Dunedin is a little different, with its 8-sided Octagon, encircled by Moray Place. Start the day by checking out the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the grand St. Paul’s Cathedral. A short walk from the Octagon is the photogenic Dunedin Railway Station. If you happen to be in Dunedin on a Saturday, spend some time wandering around the farmers market outside the train station. Walk north up George Street for lunch, stopping at local boutiques and gift stores along the way.

Afternoon: University, Botanical Gardens, and Baldwin Street

The University of Otago is a major part of Dunedin life. After lunch, take a stroll through campus. Look out for the attractive clocktower building and the Quad, which has stood in for universities such as Oxford and Cambridge in films. Continuing north, make your way to the Dunedin Botanic Garden en route to Baldwin Street—said to be the steepest in the world. Climb to the top if you have the energy, or just look at the houses and cars perched there at odd angles.

Night: Dinner at the Octagon

Loop back to where you started the day, and have dinner in the Octagon. If you’re in town during the summer, sit streetside and enjoy the long, light evenings; otherwise, cozy up next to a fireplace. Despite its small size, Dunedin offers something to suit almost every taste—besides grungy student bars, you’ll find microbreweries, fancy cocktail bars, and wine bars selling fine Central Otago pinot noirs. 

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Full-Day Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle & Gardens, Speight's Brewery

Full-Day Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle & Gardens, Speight's Brewery

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Explore Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula on a full-day shore excursion that includes Larnach Castle & Gardens and Speight’s Brewery, two of the region’s top destinations. With an experienced guide to lead the way, you’ll discover the fascinating city of Dunedin, step back in time at New Zealand’s only castle, then visit a historic working brewery with deep southern roots. This 6.5-hour tour includes all entrance fees and guided tours, as well as pickup and drop-off at Port Chalmers.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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US$125.24
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US$125.24

Dunedin City and Coastal Views 3-Hour Small-Group Guided Tour

Dunedin City and Coastal Views 3-Hour Small-Group Guided Tour

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Explore Dunedin highlights on a 3-hour, small-group tour that goes from the city's historic landmarks to the beaches of the Otago Peninsula. You'll see the University of Otago, the Dunedin Railway Station, and more, then continue to the beautiful Otago Peninsula, pausing for a walk on St. Clair beach and esplanade. Group size is limited to 13 people to ensure personalized service, and this tour includes pickup and drop-off at Port Chalmers, with departure times that are tailored to cruise ship arrivals.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$72.11
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US$72.11
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Iconic Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Highlights Tour

Iconic Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Highlights Tour

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Explore the city of Dunedin with a knowledgeable local guide who takes you to points of interest where you can stop and have a look around. See the Olveston House, Cadbury World and the University of Otago. Enjoy views of Otago Harbour from the lookout point on Signal Hill, and drive down steep Baldwin Street. Pickup and drop-off is available from hotels, the cruise port or the Dunedin Railway Station. Numbers are limited to 15 people for a small-group experience, with personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$55.50
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US$55.50

Iconic Shore Excursion: Small Group Larnach Castle Tour

Iconic Shore Excursion: Small Group Larnach Castle Tour

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Enjoy a fully guided tour of Larnach Castle during a day of sightseeing in Dunedin with a small group. See key landmarks such as the Larnach family tomb in Dunedin's old Northern Cemetery. Visit the University of Otago, Dunedin Botanic Garden, Baldwin Street and the Dunedin Railway Station. Then head to the hills of the Otago Peninsula to explore the famous century-old castle. Pickup and drop-off is available from hotels or the cruise port.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$111.00
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US$111.00

Small-Group Tour of Dunedin City

Small-Group Tour of Dunedin City

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Get a comprehensive look at Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city. This tour takes you by minivan to the Octagon in the city center, past impressive architecture such as the Dunedin Railway Station, and along the coastline of the Otago Peninsula to escape the crowds. Journey with your guide and a small group to stunning lookouts and other points of interest.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$55.50
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Wildlife Tour of Dunedin and Otago Peninsula

Wildlife Tour of Dunedin and Otago Peninsula

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Observe yellow-eyed penguins in their nesting habitat on a small-group tour from Dunedin to the Otago Peninsula. Hear informative narration about this wildlife sanctuary and enjoy great photo ops from various lookouts. First, take a sightseeing tour of Dunedin’s main landmarks including the University of Otago and Dunedin Botanic Garden. Upgrade your experience with a 1-hour stop at the Royal Albatross Center for a look at a royal albatross colony nesting area with a specialist guide. Includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel or cruise port.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$148.00
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Speight Brewery Small Group Guided Tour from Dunedin

Speight Brewery Small Group Guided Tour from Dunedin

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There’s more to brewing beer than meets the eye, and more to brewery tours than tastings. Learn about more than a century of beer-brewing history at one of Dunedin’s most iconic breweries—Speight’s Brewery—while a guide takes you and a small group through an interactive tour. Start at the breweries’ eighth floor, work your way down to the tasting rooms, and finish with a sampling of “hero” beers.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$18.50
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Larnach Castle & Gardens Tour from Dunedin

Larnach Castle & Gardens Tour from Dunedin

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Discover New Zealand’s only castle with an excursion from Dunedin to Larnach Castle & Gardens. You’ll join a guided tour to learn the fascinating history of the castle and of William Larnach, who built the castle in 1871 for his beloved wife, then enjoy some time to explore on your own, strolling the sumptuous gardens or taking high tea in the castle’s ballroom. The basic tour includes entrance fees and round-trip transport from a central location in Dunedin, with multiple departure times available, or opt to upgrade with some exciting extras.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$59.96
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US$59.96

Private Guided Tour of Dunedin City Heritage and Unique Wildlife and Scenery

Private Guided Tour of Dunedin City Heritage and Unique Wildlife and Scenery

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Travel from Port Chalmers or Dunedin on a privately guided tour that introduces you to city attractions as well as points of interest on the Otago Peninsula. With a flexible itinerary you can spend as much time as you like at each site, including a stop at the Royal Albatross Centre. Drive past Baldwin Street, Signal Hill, Otago University, Dunedin Railway Station, and more.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$721.02
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US$721.02
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Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

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Combine a city highlights tour of Dunedin with a wildlife-focused tour of the Otago Peninsula in a single day. Perfect for first-time visitors or those short on time, this tour covers both urban and natural highlights of the area. Landmarks in Dunedin include the Botanic Garden, Baldwin Street, the Dunedin Railway Station, and others. Get to know the Otago Peninsula's beaches and bays with scenic drives and a wildlife boat cruise from Taiaroa Head.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$177.60
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