Dunedin Shore Excursions
Dunedin Walking Tour
Dunedin was founded by Scottish settlers in 1848, and there’s lots to remind the visitor of the city’s roots - Dunedin tartan, the Dunedin Haggis ceremony, Dunedin whisky, Dunedin pipe bands and even its name (the Gaelic for Edinburgh). As you follow a Walking Tour of the city, you will notice that many of the city’s buildings also reflect the solid stone Gothic style popular in Scotland during Victorian times. Major heritage sites to include on your route are the Octagon, a plaza dominated by a statue of Robert Burns, the Municipal Chambers, designed in 1880 by renowned Scottish-born architect Robert A. Lawson, the First Church of Otago, where the massive spire was completely rebuilt due to a building error in the first construction, and Dunedin Railway Station, which boasts a huge mosaic floor depicting steam engines.
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Founded in 1863, Dunedin Botanic Garden is the oldest in New Zealand. Explore Fern Gully, Southern African garden, Rhododendron Dell, the Arboretum, the Aviary, the Mediterranean garden, Lovelock bush and lots more.
Speight’s Brewery is one of the oldest in New Zealand, and has occupied the same site since 1876. Take a tour of the Brewery, then stop by at the characterful Ale House to sample the finished product.
Everyone loves chocolate, so it’s no wonder Cadbury World is so popular. An hour-long tour of the factory is punctuated by stops to sample New Zealand favorite treats, like Moros, Jaffas, Might Perky Nanas, and Pinkys.
St Clair Beach
Only 2 miles (3km) south of the city center, St Clair beach is a magnificent stretch of golden sand backed by a lively cafe lined promenade. The beach is a magnet to surfers, drawn by the most consistent break in New Zealand. If you want to go for a swim, and the sea is too rough, you can turn to the open-air St Clair hot saltwater pool, which nestles in the rocks just a few steps from the ocean.
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