Things To Do In Dunedin

4.3 /5

View Hotels For Your Date

Rating:

 
4.3 /5 Rate This Destination

Weather:

Ideal duration: 4-6 days

Best Time: December - February Read More

Planning a Trip? Ask Your Question

Things To Do In Dunedin

Show on map
  • Filter (30)
  • Wildlife (5)
  • Historical Site (4)
  • Beach (4)
  • Select (4)

1. Tunnel Beach

Tunnel Beach

6 km
from city center
1 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Located around 7.5 kms southwest of the city of Dunedin in South Island, New Zealand, Tunnel Beach is a spectacular and evocative beach backed by the Pacific Ocean, which is blessed with rocky sandstone cliffs, mysterious caves, rugged arches, sea-carved headlands, gurgling waterfalls, massive rocky boulders and exotic vantage points. Aside from the numerous natural features and elements that make the beach look surreal and out of the world, the highlight of Tunnel Beach is the namesake hand-carved rock tunnel.

2. Speights Brewery

Speights Brewery

0 km
from city center
2 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Since 1876, Speights Brewery is one of the most iconic and popular breweries in Dunedin in New Zealand. Known as the “Pride of the south” and owned by the Japanese-controlled holding company Lion, the brewery is known for its informative and educative tours other than the wholesome, delicious cold beer.

3. Otago Peninsula

Otago Peninsula

13 km
from city center
3 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

The Otago Peninsula is a wildlife wonderland reflective of the rich heritage and natural beauty of New Zealand. The sheltered bays, high hills, expansive vistas and lovely beaches make an excellent habitat for the wildlife thriving on the peninsula. Say hello to these wild creatures with wildlife tours that explain and exhibit the abundant life forms on the peninsula.

4. Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders

64 km
from city center
4 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

The Moeraki Boulders are a range of boulders stretching from Moeraki to Hampden. These boulders are located on Koekohe Beach, North Otago. Created by giants, according to the prevailing local legend, these boulders are not only one of the fascinating geological phenomenons in New Zealand but also on Earth.

Top Hotels In Dunedin

View All Hotels In Dunedin

5. Port Chalmers

Port Chalmers

12 km
from city center
5 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

A few kilometres from Dunedin is Otago’s main port, Port Chalmers. This suburb has a population of 3000 and is ten kilometres inside of Otago. The port is extensively visited by cruise ships every year and is one of the major ports in South Island, New Zealand. A short delight, this port is the place for those who want a weekend getaway from the busy life in Dunedin.

6. Emerson Brewery

Emerson Brewery

1 km
from city center
6 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

One of the only microbreweries in Dunedin, New Zealand that makes three seasonal beers and eighty year-round beers is Emerson’s Brewery. It was established in 1992 by Richard Emerson, who started the brewery in a cold student flat. Now, the brewery produces around 15000 litres of premium craft beer daily, catering to several local and international customers.

7. Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

0 km
from city center
7 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Located in Octagon, in the heart of Dunedin, The Dunedin Public Art Gallery has a range of art pieces, works, exhibitions, and events and focuses heavily on education. This attraction is one of the four major metropolitan art galleries in New Zealand and is famous for its historical artworks and close relationship with modern artists of New Zealand.

8. St. Clair Beach

St. Clair Beach

4 km
from city center
8 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

St. Clair, a suburb in Dunedin, New Zealand, is best known for its beach, the St. Clair Beach or Ocean Beach. It stretches across 3 kilometres along the Pacific Ocean in South Dunedin as it touches Saint Clair in the South West, Saint Kilda and the foot of Lawyer’s Head in the East. This destination is one of the major recreational areas, not only for Dunedites but also for tourists.

9. Penguin Place

Penguin Place

20 km
from city center
9 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Penguin Place is a conservation reserve in South Island, New Zealand. Financed entirely by guided tours and on-site lodges, it is one of the best places to visit to see wildlife, especially the endangered yellow-eyed penguins. Located only 30 minutes from Dunedin, the attraction is one of the few private reserves in New Zealand that has a conservation project and a rehabilitation centre.

10. Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle

10 km
from city center
10 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s precious and only castle, is located in Dunedin, a city in North Island, New Zealand, and has become one of the most renowned attractions in this country. Offering its visitors a castle and a luxurious garden experience, this place has won several national and international honours. Only 20 minutes from central Dunedin, this place is perfect for weekend parties.

11. Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station

21 km
from city center
11 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Grandly situated in the Anzac Square of Dunedin city, New Zealand, the Dunedin railway station stands tall and loud oozing rich history and an unprecedented architectural finesse. It has been there for over a century (established in 1906) and is owned by the Dunedin City Council.

12. Taiaroa Head

Taiaroa Head

21 km
from city center
12 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Situated at the farthest end of the Otago Peninsula, looking over the Otago Harbour, Taiaroa Head is a stunning landscape for you to visit. It is located in Dunedin in New Zealand, an hour’s drive from Dunedin to the Taiaroa Head. The drive in itself promises to be a scenic one replete with the richness and beauty of the Otago Peninsula.

13. Baldwin Street

Baldwin Street

4 km
from city center
13 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Recently usurped from its throne of being the world's steepest residential road by a street in Wales, Baldwin Street has naturally become a spot of tourist attraction for people comprehensive and across the globe. Located in the North East Valley of Dunedin, New Zealand, you can visit the street along with several other secondary tourist attractions in one-day trip itself.

14. Mount Cargill

Mount Cargill

8 km
from city center
14 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Mount Cargill, also known as Kapukataumahaka, can be seen looming over the northern part of the city of Dunedin, making for most of its skyline. It stands tall at a height of 676 meters, which is around 2,218 feet and lies 15 kilometres, which is nine miles, from the city centre.

15. Long Beach

Long Beach

18 km
from city center
15 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Long Beach, also known as Warauwerawera, is located in Dunedin along the coastline of Otago and is known for its beautiful shores, the multiple rock formations and the cave sites in the region. Tourists enjoy various outdoor activities like rock climbing, camping, swimming etc., making the location perfect for a day visit. The caves at Long Beach are also known for being home to a lot of native wildlife which can be explored, such as the Blue Penguins, seals, terns, pukeko, herons, spoonbills, and ducks.

16. Toitu Otago Settler's Museum

Toitu Otago Settler's Museum

0 km
from city center
16 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Known as New Zealand’s oldest history museum, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum was set up in the year 1898, and today it stands tall and high and oozes the rich heritage of the Maori civilization and the early Chinese settlements. The museum is located on the side of the Otago province, looking over the Waitaki river, but is more inclined toward the city of Dunedin. There is a separate Chinese garden on the Southern wing of the museum, which is a very prominent attraction; it is also one of the very few gardens outside their nation.

17. Royal Albatross Centre

Royal Albatross Centre

5 km
from city center
17 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Nestled inside the Taiaroa Head, the Royal Albatross Centre is a wildlife observatory that offers a visual realm of Dunedin’s most natural flora and fauna, which is unique because of its diversity. The name obviously has an etymological derivation from the bird Albatross, which has a fascinating story that the guide will brief you through on your visit.

18. Otago Museum

Otago Museum

2 km
from city center
18 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Being one of the largest museum collections in the country, the Otago Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in New Zealand. The venue is rich in natural science specimens and various artefacts from the humanities department that have been collected not only from Otago and all of New Zealand but also from different parts of the world, and they remain stored at the museum in the form of long term gallery displays.

19. Taieri Gorge Railway

Taieri Gorge Railway

10 km
from city center
19 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

To have a broad and fulfilling tourist experience of the vibrant landscape of New Zealand, the city of Dunedin invites you on for a train ride experience of the same through its remarkable and exclusive Taieri Gorge Railway. The railway in the present time is a major attraction of tourists far and wide for its extensive touring through the very middle of lush green valleys.

20. Forsyth Barr Stadium

Forsyth Barr Stadium

2 km
from city center
20 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Resembling a horticulture hothouse, the Forsyth Barr Stadium is also known as ‘the glasshouse’. Having hosted several sports events, mainly rugby and the 2015 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP and musical concerts, including one with Elton John in 2011, the stadium is now a full-fledged multi-purpose indoor stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand.

21. Dunedin Botanic Gardens

Dunedin Botanic Gardens

0 km
from city center
21 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

New Zealand’s first botanic garden with the title of six stars Garden of International Significance, Dunedin Botanic Garden is also affiliated as a tier-three Botanic Garden by the ArbNe, a global network for flora-oriented professionals. Having completed over 150 years, this garden is one of the central attractions for the tourists and locals of Dunedin.

22. Sandfly Bay

Sandfly Bay

10 km
from city center
22 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Situated at the farthest south end of Otago, Sandfly Bay is considered a spot of the densest fauna and wildlife in Dunedin and Otago Peninsula. One may find fur seals and sea lions in abundance across the bay. The beach is famous for its high dunes and for watching albatrosses in their natural habitat through the Royal Albatross center.

23. Dunedin Chinese Garden

Dunedin Chinese Garden

0 km
from city center
23 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Located in the city of Dunedin, Dunedin Chinese Garden is one of the town's major tourist attractions, apart from the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and the Railways of Dunedin, both of which are located nearby. The garden has an etymological derivation from the Chinese language. It is called Lan Yuan and is curated to acknowledge and preserve Dunedin's fraternal relationship with its sister city, Shanghai.

24. Otago Central Rail Trail

Otago Central Rail Trail

56 km
from city center
24 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

A 150km long trail made for walking, cycling, horse riding and biking, Otago Central Rail Trail is a pioneering tourist attraction in New Zealand for people comprehensive across. It runs from Middlemarch to Clyde, taking the former Otago Central railway route. It stays open all year, and it is distinctive for its separation from the mainland of any city, which promises your trip to be right under the blue sky and lush green and orange fields on both sides of the trail.

25. Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home

1 km
from city center
25 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

The Olveston Historic Home is an authentic home that shows the lifestyle of a wealthy merchant family in the early 1900s as the family occupied it from 1906 to 1966. It was opened to the public in 1967 and has been maintained in its original state ever since, barely changing anything about the house or the objects within it.

26. Elm Wildlife Tours

Elm Wildlife Tours

1 km
from city center
26 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

The Elm Wildlife Tours are famous for being located within the wildlife capital of New Zealand, Dunedin. The extensive tour options are provided to those interested in adventurous treks and hikes amidst nature while getting magnificent views of the vast biodiversity in New Zealand up close. The wildlife tours also offer international tours outside the region that last days with exciting excursions and activities for the tourists to indulge in.

27. Moana Pool

Moana Pool

2 km
from city center
27 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

The Moana Pool in Dunedin offers you a wide range of swimming spaces to relax, bring your kids, train them to swim and entertain yourself with various other indoor activities. The pool is perched on the hills above the Octagon in Dunedin at 60 Littlebourne Road, adjacent to Stuart Street. The pools range of the Main pool, Lap pool, Dive pool, Learners pool, Leisure pool, water slides, and spa pool.

28. The Octagon

The Octagon

1 km
from city center
28 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

The city centre of Dunedin, the Octagon, is located on South Island, New Zealand. Excited by a range of events, this place is one of the best things that has happened to Dunedin. The Octagon is an eight-sided plaza with a one-way carriageway and bisected by the main street, George St. It is filled with street art and predominantly Dunedin’s central area. 

29. Surfing in Dunedin

Surfing in Dunedin

4 km
from city center
29 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

Dunedin is an excellent spot for surfers to try their skills and for non-surfers to learn at the magnificent beach breaks close to the city. It has fantastic point breaks on the North coast, several reef breaks and geographical swells. The swells from East and North combine a range of surf breaks (around 10) from Aramoana beach, Murdering Bay and to a little village of Karitane.

30. Elm Wildlife Tours

Elm Wildlife Tours

10,200 km
from city center
30 out of 30
things to do in Dunedin

The Elm Wildlife Tours are popular for being located within the wildlife capital of New Zealand, Dunedin and the extensive tour options provided to those interested in adventurous treks and hikes amidst nature while getting magnificent views of the vast biodiversity in New Zealand up close. The wildlife tours also offer international tours outside the region that last for days with exciting excursions and activities for the tourists to indulge in.

FAQs on Dunedin

What are the top sightseeing places in Dunedin?

The top sightseeing places in Dunedin are Tunnel Beach, Speights Brewery, Otago Peninsula, Moeraki Boulders, Port Chalmers, Emerson Brewery.

What are the top activities in Dunedin?

The top activities in Dunedin are Whitestone City & Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Combo Ticket, Otago Peninsula Half-Day Tour from Dunedin, Shared and Private Dunedin Airport (DUD) Transfers for Dunedin CBD, Otago Peninsula Natures Wonders Wildlife Tour, Royal Albatross Centre Tour, 4G SIM Card (SG Delivery) for New Zealand.
See 153 Hotels