Here are the top 30 tourist attractions to see in Dunedin:

1. Tunnel Beach

6 km
from city center
1 out of 30
places to visit 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

0 km
from city center
2 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

Operating since 1876, Speights Brewery is one of the most iconic and popular breweries located 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, of course, the wholesome delicious cold beer.

3. Otago Peninsula

13 km
from city center
3 out of 30
places to visit 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, lovely beaches at the peninsula make an excellent habitat for the wildlife thriving in the peninsula. Say hello to these wild creatures with wildlife tours that explain and exhibit the abundant life forms on the peninsula. The Otago Peninsula is the only mainland breeding site of a variety of albatross species in the world. Apart from the albatross, the lush peninsula is home to penguins, fur seals and sea lions thereby encouraging ecotourism in the region.

4. Moeraki Boulders

10,142 km
from city center
4 out of 30
places to visit 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 most fascinating geological phenomenons in New Zealand, but also on Earth.

5. Port Chalmers

10,194 km
from city center
5 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

A few kilometres away 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

10,200 km
from city center
6 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

One of the only microbreweries in Dunedin, New Zealand that makes 3 seasonal beers and eighty year-round beers is the 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 every day, catering to a number of local as well as international customers.

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7. Dunedin Public Art Gallery

0 km
from city center
7 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

Located in Octagon, in the heart of Dunedin, The Dunedin Public Art Gallery has a range of art pieces and works, exhibitions, events and focuses heavily on education as well. 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

6,637 km
from city center
8 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

St. Clair, a suburb in Dunedin, New Zealand is best known for its beach called 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

20 km
from city center
9 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

Penguin Place is a conservation reserve in South Island, New Zealand. Financed completely by guided tours and on-site lodges, this attraction is one of the best places to visit to see wildlife, especially the endangered yellow-eyed penguins. Located only 30 minutes from Dunedin, Penguin Place is one of the few private reserves in New Zealand that not only has a conservation project but also a rehabilitation centre.

10. Larnach Castle

10 km
from city center
10 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

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

11. Dunedin Railway Station

21 km
from city center
11 out of 30
places to visit 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 now (established in the year 1906) and is owned by the Dunedin City Council.

12. Taiaroa Head

1,093 km
from city center
12 out of 30
places to visit 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. Located in Dunedin in New Zealand, it is an hour’s drive from Dunedin to reach 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

4 km
from city center
13 out of 30
places to visit 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 wide and across the world. Located in the North East Valley of Dunedin, New Zealand, the street can be visited along with several other secondary tourist attractions in one day trip itself.

14. Mount Cargill

8 km
from city center
14 out of 30
places to visit 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 kilometers, which is nine miles, from the city centre.

15. Long Beach

18 km
from city center
15 out of 30
places to visit 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 that can be found 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

167 km
from city center
16 out of 30
places to visit 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 towards 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 own nation.

17. Royal Albatross Centre

5 km
from city center
17 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

Nestled inside the Taiaroa Head, the Royal Albatross Centre is a wildlife observatory that offers you a visual realm of Dunedin’s most raw flora and fauna which is unique because of its great diversity. The name very obviously has an etymological derivation from the bird Albatross which has a fascinating story of itself that the guide will brief you through on your visit. The centre has curated tours, specific of the various species it is known for, to make your experience and guide you through the richness of the fauna of Dunedin.

18. Otago Museum

2 km
from city center
18 out of 30
places to visit 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

10 km
from city center
19 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

To have a broad and fulfilling tourist experience of the rich and vibrant landscape of New Zealand, the city of Dunedin invites you on for a train ride experience of the same through its special 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 valley region, the rugged roads of Otago, its hinterland and through several tunnels and bridges including the famous Wingatui Viaduct.

20. Forsyth Barr Stadium

2 km
from city center
20 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

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

21. Dunedin Botanic Gardens

0 km
from city center
21 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

New Zealand’s first botanic garden that holds 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 as well as locals of Dunedin.

22. Sandfly Bay

10 km
from city center
22 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

Situated at the farthest south end of Otago, Sandfly Bay is regarded to be a spot of the densest fauna and wildlife in the entirety of Dunedin and Otago Peninsula. One may find fur seals and sea lions at abundance across the bay. The beach is famous for its high sand dunes and also to watch albatrosses in their natural habitat through the Royal Albatross center which is located nearby.

23. Dunedin Chinese Garden

0 km
from city center
23 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

Located in the city of Dunedin, Dunedin Chinese Garden is one of the major tourist attractions for the city 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 and is called Lan Yuan and is curated with the purpose of acknowledging and preserving the fraternal relation of Dunedin with its sister city, Shanghai.

24. Otago Central Rail Trail

56 km
from city center
24 out of 30
places to visit 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 wide across. It runs from Middlemarch to Clyde, taking the route of the former Otago Central railway. 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

10,199 km
from city center
25 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

The Olveston Historic Home is an authentic home that shows the lifestyle of a wealthy merchant family in the early 1900s as it was occupied by the family 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. It was designed by Sir Ernest George for the family of David Theomin, who was a rich businessman in Dunedin and also a collector and philanthropist. The two children did not have any heirs which is why when the last occupant, Dorothy Theomin, who was the daughter of David Theomin, died in 1966, the house and its contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin.

26. Elm Wildlife Tours

1 km
from city center
26 out of 30
places to visit 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.

27. Moana Pool

2 km
from city center
27 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

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

1 km
from city center
28 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

The city centre of Dunedin, the Octagon is located in South Island, New Zealand. Hyped with 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 is bisected by the main street called George St. It is filled with street art and is predominantly Dunedin’s central area. 

29. Surfing in Dunedin

4 km
from city center
29 out of 30
places to visit in Dunedin

Dunedin is a great spot for surfers to try their skills and non surfers to learn at the magnificent beach breaks located in close proximity to the city. It has great 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. St. Clair is one of the most go to spots for surfing in Dunedin. The normal direction of wind flow is north to northwest. Otago and Southland surfing spots are for advanced surfers because of their challenging geographical factors like huge swells, greater winds several point breaks. The only drawbacks one might find are chilling water, winds, long hikes and long haul flights.

30. Elm Wildlife Tours

10,200 km
from city center
30 out of 30
places to visit 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.

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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.
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