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How to Spend 2 Days in Dunedin

How to Spend 2 Days in Dunedin

Dunedin is blessed with an abundance of urban and natural attractions, and with two days, you can experience the best of both. In town check out the colonial-era architecture and the vibrant student culture, then take an easy day trip to the windswept Otago Peninsula. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

Day 1: Explore Dunedin City

**Morning:**Start the day at a streetside café in the Octagon. If you happen to be in town on a Saturday, drop by the farmers market at the Dunedin Railway Station. Otherwise, take a leisurely walk around the central city, stopping by the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

**Afternoon:**Relive your student days and wander around the University of Otago campus. Established by Scottish migrants to New Zealand, some of the older architecture has stood in for old British universities in movies. Afterward, head over to the attractive Dunedin Botanic Garden.

**Night:**To meet some fun-loving students while drinking cheap local beer, go barhopping in North Dunedin. The area around the university has some quieter places to grab a tasty meal. For a more sophisticated scene, make your way to the Octagon.

Day 2: Tour the Otago Peninsula

**Morning:**Drive or take a tour out to the Otago Peninsula, an arm of land that falls within the Dunedin city boundaries. Penguins, albatross, fur seals, and sea lions make their homes on the beaches and hills of the peninsula, and several centers provide eco-friendly tours to see the animals.

**Afternoon:**Continue exploring the peninsula. Or, go to Larnach Castle. Built by politician and entrepreneur William Larnach, the 19th-century mansion is a beautiful place to spend a couple of hours discovering the gardens and admiring the views.

**Night:**Quality theater can be quite affordable in Dunedin. Back in the city center for your final evening, see if there are any plays or musical performances on in one of the city’s independent theaters.

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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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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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Peer at rare yellow-eyed penguins and visit nesting grounds of the northern royal albatross during a full-day tour of the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin. Spend your morning sightseeing in Dunedin’s city center, including highlights of the Octagon, followed by a visit to the gardens of Larnach Castle, with the option to go inside and buy lunch. In the afternoon, immerse in the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula and the scenic coast along Taiaroa Head. Numbers are limited to 19 people to allow for personalized attention from your informative guide.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$151.70
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Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

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Ride the Taieri Gorge Railway on a round-trip route from Dunedin to Pukerangi, and take a guided tour of the Otago Peninsula by minivan in the afternoon. The train steams through vivid South Island landscapes including the Taieri Plains and Taieri Gorge, stopping en route for photo ops plus a leg stretch in Pukerangi. Then dig your toes in the sand at Otago’s gorgeous beaches and keep a lookout for oceanic wildlife. Upgrade to include a gourmet boxed lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$151.70
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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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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
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US$148.00
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Private Tour: Dunedin to the Catlins

Private Tour: Dunedin to the Catlins

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Immerse yourself in the vivid natural beauty of the Catlins on this private day trip from Dunedin. See this South Island wonder through the eyes of a local guide who has access to public conservation lands. Set your gaze on remote vistas where waterfalls, golden beaches, coastal rainforest and rare New Zealand wildlife can be found. This personalized tour offers insight about early European settlers and the indigenous Maori inhabitants.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$111.00
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Taieri Gorge Railway Journey from Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway Journey from Dunedin

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Take a scenic round-trip through the wilds of New Zealand’s South Island on this Taieri Gorge railway journey from Dunedin. Depart from downtown Dunedin’s attractive railway station and head deep into the Taieri Gorge by train. Gaze out over ever-changing corners of the New Zealand countryside inaccessible by road. With informative and entertaining live commentary on board, gain insight into the railway’s construction and the challenges faced by the engineers. Enjoy sightseeing stops en route and discover top attractions around Dunedin.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$87.28
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Otago Peninsula Bike Tour

Otago Peninsula Bike Tour

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Otago Peninsula is one of the world's premier biking destinations. On this 4 hour small group guided bike tour, you will experience the remote beauty of the Otago Peninsula by bike. Otago Peninsula is a natural environment and as such you will see many of the areas flora and fauna. We provide plenty of photo opportunities during the ride.
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  • 4 hours
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US$91.08
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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
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US$721.02
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