Dunedin - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken from the center of Dunedin, showing a central square with a small Gothic style tower in the middle.
Dunedin - FURTHER INFORMATION
Dunedin - Dunedin visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Dunedin' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Otago.
Dunedin is the largest city in Otago, and the second largest city on the South Island of New Zealand. Dunedin sits on volcanic hills at at the end of Otago Harbour, which is formed by a 30km long fjord that runs down the northern side of the Otago Peninsula and formed by the collapsed walls of a volcano crater. The area was first occupied by the Māori in about 1100AD, with European settlers arriving in the 18C. The city grew rapidly with the discovery of gold locally in 1861, and much of the architecture of the town dates from this period.
Today, Dunedin is a popular tourist destination in the summer months, and many of the Victorian architecture has now become tourist attractions with people flocking to see the Octagon square and associated market next to which stands the St Pauls Church and the tourist information centre. Other attractions include the old Railway Station, the First Church of Otago and the Settler Museum.
Dunedin is also surrounded by beatutiful countryside with lots of wildlife. The Otago Peninsula, within easy access of the city, has spectacular coastal walks to such places as Lovers Leap, the Chasm or Sandfly Bay. On the eastern end is the only breeding Royal Albatross colony on a mainland in the world where visitors can also see yellow-eyed penguins, seals and sealions. The lea or the Otago Peninsula has numerous small villages. North of Dunedin are the Moeraki Boulders, and Shag Point famous for seals and shags.
Dunedin I-SITE Visitors Centre
48 The Octagon, Dunedin Central
P O Box 5457, Dunedin
Phone: +64 3 474 3300
Fax: +64 3 474 3311
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: Dunedin is 350km south of Christchurch and 200km south of Timaru (Highway 1). It is 280km east of Queenstown (Highway 8), and 210km from Invercargill (Higway 1).