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How to Spend 3 Days in Dunedin

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How to Spend 3 Days in Dunedin
Coastal Otago, and its one major city, Dunedin, has, in typical New Zealand manner, attractions both urban and rural, offering you the chance to see New Zealand’s indie music heartland, while having the island’s most accessible wildlife at your fingertips. With three days at your disposal, it’s best to make the most of it.

Day 1: Welcome to Dunedin

Upon your arrival, you’ll find Dunedin a compact, quirky little town, full of charming bars, restaurants, and cafes, all with a distinctly New Zealand feel. The smattering of bars gives this town a reputation for good nightlife, and it’s well earned. Spend your first day waltzing the streets, seeing some of the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture. From its pioneering history you’re liable to hear a good mix of the indie-rock scene floating through the air. Enjoy it, and sleep well. Tomorrow, you head off into wild.

Day 2: Exploring the Otago Peninsula

Dunedin acts as the gateway for the Otago Peninsula and all the wildlife it engenders. These are the outdoors that make New Zealand famous. Start your day with a bike ride down to the coast, where kayak rentals are available. See a coastline spotted with the rarest penguins in the world, albatross snuggling into their nests, and bull seals jealously guarding their harem. A bike trip through the city down to the peninsula is a must-do experience to truly appreciate the scenery.

Day 3: Further into Otago

The Otago Peninsula offers an incredibly diverse array of outdoor activities in which to partake. From photogenic trail hikes, to hunting and watersports, to horseback riding, whatever your pleasure, you can find here. Get information at the local tourist office and see about exploring on your own or with a local tour guide. A favorite for the outdoor adventurers is to take the Taieri Gorge Railway to Central Otago. Here, the Central Otago Rail Trail begins and is a four day cycling journey either ending in Queenstown or looping back to Dunedin. The great thing about New Zealand exploration is, any way you slice it, it’s bound to be an adventure.
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife TourNature & Wildlife

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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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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Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour

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Glimpse early 20th-century life in New Zealand during a 1-hour guided tour of the Olveston Historic Home in Dunedin. Follow a knowledgeable docent through the 35-room mansion as you learn about its Jacobean-style architectural design, fine art and furnishings. Discover the history of one of Dunedin’s most prominent families, and stroll through the elegant gardens with views of Otago Harbour.
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