Cosily tucked up in the steep hills of the Otago region in the South Island area, Dunedin is the best-kept secret of New Zealand. Named so because of the Gaelic name for Edingburgh, Dun Eidann, the city is also popularly known as the “Edinburgh of New Zealand” and identifies strongly with its Scottish heritage.
Punctuated by classical 19th century Victorian and Edwardian architecture, Dunedin is majorly compact and can be best explored on foot. The steep hilly slopes are peppered with tiny houses that are tucked away alongside narrow meandering pathways which give the dainty town a fairy tale look. The city brags of being the only mainland colony in the world which is home to the royal albatross.
The charming dramatic hill slopes descent to the gorgeous picturesque Otago Harbour. Flaunting rugged raw beaches, gorgeous green clifftops and a pleasant climate, it is the second largest city in all of the South Island. Besides the several unique attractions including the unique Royal Albatross Centre at the foot of the Taiaroa Head, Dunedin also has a flourishing wildlife and some of the world’s rarest penguin colonies. You can also find plenty affordable accommodation options and enjoy a buzzing and vibrant nightlife in town.
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