The Top Things to do in Dunedin

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Looking for all the best experiences in Dunedin, New Zealand? Browse our range of the top tours, activities and attractions in Dunedin here. Situated on the Otago coast and blending together the best of both natural beauty and historic Victorian architecture, Dunedin is a charming and picturesque city situated amidst some dramatic and beautiful geographical surrounds. Take in the Scottish-influenced buildings of the likes of Larnach Castle, Dunedin Railway Station and Olveston Historic Home, or embrace the natural world with a horse ride, explore the Otago peninsula or take in the gorgeous views from atop Signal Hill.

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Top 10 Things to do in - Dunedin and surrounds

Olveston Historic Home
Otago Peninsula
Dunedin Railway Station
Otago Museum
Larnach Castle
Taieri Gorge Railway
Speight's Brewery
Nature Tours
Signal Hill
Horse Riding

1. Visit Olveston Historic Home

Location:42 Royal Terrace, North Dunedin, Dunedin

A veritable walk-in time capsule, the house and its lawns have changed little since 1906, and Olveston is an accurate window into the styles, fashions, decorations and craftsmanship of that time in New Zealand's European-influenced history. Its walls adorned with prized artworks, its interior equipped with every possible creature comfort of its time, and its 35 rooms being the picture of how the “better-half” lived, Olveston is an interesting attraction that is part mansion, part museum.

2. Tour the Otago Peninsula

Location:The Octagon, Dunedin

The peninsula juts prominently out to the sea from the mainland and features a cavalcade of sights, both natural and man-made – to take in for the interested visitor that's easily accessible from Dunedin city. With roads that are in a generally good condition and easy to navigate, a drive will allow you to get an all-round view of the city and its position nestled in the harbour while various points along the way are well worth a stop to get out and explore.

3. Admire Dunedin Railway Station

Location:Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin

If there's a symbol of Dunedin that can make the best claim to being internationally known, then the city's famous railway station would likely be it. Featured on postcards New Zealand-wide, it's a marvellous building that was constructed during the days of NZ's boom period following the Edwardian Baroque fashion which was popular in Europe at the time. No expense was spared when building the terminal that was once the country's busiest, and to this day its intricate construction and decorative mosaic floors make for a great sight to behold.

4. Visit Otago Museum

Location:419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin

Otago Museum makes for one of the most obvious yet greatly satisfying attractions in the area. With an emphasis on natural history, the Otago Museum is a favourite spot for kids and adults alike as the operators go out of their way to make education a fun word for the little ones.

5. Explore Larnach Castle

Location:145 Camp Rd, Dunedin

New Zealand's only true castle, Larnach Castle in Dunedin is a definite must-see attraction for visitors to the region. While the building is an impressive sight in itself, the gardens surrounding the castle are a major drawcard. Featuring a range of colourful flowers and plants, the gardens have been cared for and grown for more than 45 years.

6. Ride the Taieri Gorge Railway

Location:Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Square, Dunedin

Travelling directly into the heart of the Central Otago Hinterland, this world-class scenic train trip is a must for one of the easiest-yet-enjoyable sightseeing adventures the coastal Otago region has to offer. The train heads out from Dunedin's historic train station and passes through the city before making its way towards the spectacular gorge itself.

7. Tour Speight's Brewery

Location:200 Rattray St, Dunedin

One of the fixtures of Dunedin's city centre and an icon of South Island beverages, Speight's is synonymous with beer in the region as its brewery has been churning out bottles of quality amber since way back in 1876. Far more than just a factory, the building itself is ripe with history and has been listed as a local heritage centre for many years which grants visitors an insight into the brewing techniques of the past.

8. Go on a Natures Wonders Wildlife and Sheep Shed Tours

Location:1265 Harington Point Rd, Taiaroa Head, Dunedin

The Otago Peninsula is renowned for its abundant and fragile wildlife, with an environment that blends marine, air and land-based animals into a complex ecosystem that's as delicate as it is beautiful. Nature's Wonders Naturally attempts to showcase this diversity to the public in the most environmentally-friendly way possible in order to foster a new appreciation for the animals who call this part of New Zealand home. It's neither a zoo nor a wildlife park, simply a chance to witness nature in its most organic condition, and it's in this that the experience truly shines.

9. Ascend Signal Hill


If you're simply after the best views available of Dunedin and surrounds, then you need to look no further than the impressive lookout point of Signal Hill. At 393 metres high and overlooking the head of Otago Harbour, it's easily the most prominent viewpoint that's accessible to the public and provides a wonderful birds-eye view of the city and its surrounds that makes for a good first port of call to your visit to the city as you'll soon get a sense of the lay of the land and where everything is.

10. Go horse riding with Hare Hill Horse Treks

Location:207 Aramoana Rd, Dunedin

The facility of Hare Hill, which can be found roughly 20 minutes' drive to the northeast of the city CBD. This is an expansive farm spread out over 60 acres with a spectacular outlook over the northern side of lovely Otago Harbour, and it's here you'll want to head for the area's premier horse riding experience. Both beginners and advanced riders are welcome to come along and join in one of the most eco-friendly ways to tour the greater Dunedin area.