2010-10-25 18:55


Getting there
Dunedin International Airport is located 30-minutes drive from the city centre. It is serviced by scheduled flights to and from Sydney and Brisbane and domestic connections with Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

There are also regular ocean liner arrivals at Port Chalmers just 15 minutes from Dunedin.

Intercity coaches connect Dunedin to other major cities on South Island.

The Carisbrook stadium is a reasonable 40 minute walk from Dunedin centre, and shuttles will run to and from the stadium on match days, taking a circular route from Dunedin's north end (University area), through the Octagon at the heart of Dunedin, to Carisbrook and back.

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Famous sons
Byron Kelleher, All Black scrum-half 1999-2007

Dunedin (Maori: Otepoti) is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region. The city lies on the central-eastern coast of Otago, surrounding the head of Otago Harbour, and is set on the remnants of an extinct volcano.

Dunedin's dramatic hills surround the long, natural harbour, which attracted Maori settlers to the site over four centuries ago. More recently the area was settled by whalers, gold miners and migrants from Scotland and China. During the 1980s Dunedin's popular music scene blossomed, with many acts, such as The Chills, The Clean, The Verlaines, and Straitjacket Fits, gaining national and international recognition. The term "The Dunedin Sound" was coined to describe the 1960s-influenced, guitar-led music which flourished at the time.

And by 1990 Dunedin had re-invented itself as a 'heritage city' with its main streets refurbished in Victorian style, and R.A. Lawson's Municipal Chambers (Dunedin Town Hall) in the Octagon handsomely restored. The city was also recognised as a centre of excellence in tertiary education and research. The university's and polytechnic's growth accelerated. Dunedin has continued to refurbish itself, embarking on redevelopments of the art gallery railway station and the Otago Settlers Museum.

The city has flourishing niche industries including engineering, software engineering, bio-technology and fashion. Port Chalmers on the Otago Harbour provides Dunedin with deep-water facilities. Dunedin is also home to Baldwin Street, which, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is the steepest street in the world. Its gradient is 1 in 2.9.

Dunedin is a vibrant city surrounded by a giant outdoor playground. Walk, cycle, kayak or take a tour of the Otago Peninsula. Thirty minutes from the CBD the  peninsula is concentrated with unique New Zealand wildlife. Here you will see yellow eyed penguins, the only mainland albatross breeding colony, New Zealand fur seals, sea lions and much more. Lonely Planet ranked the day cycling journey from the city meandering through the peninsula as number one in the world.

Dunedin is also home to New Zealand’s only castle – Larnach Castle. The castle gardens and Dunedin's Botanic Gardens are the South Island’s only garden's of international significance.

Dunedin is a sporting paradise. There are 12 golf courses. You can fish off the coast, catch salmon in the harbour and fish for trout in Lake Mahinerangi and the Taieri and Waikouaiti rivers.

Dunedin is world-famous for its surfing and the harbour is gaining a big reputation for windsurfing. There's mountain biking on Signal Hill and in the mountains behind the city. The Otago Central Rail Trail is a unique recreational facility and tourism attraction which preserves, largely intact, 150km of the former railway line, an important part of Otago's history. It is now available for use by walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders who can enjoy the unique Central Otago scenery and experience a sense of remoteness and history in the South Island of New Zealand.

As with most New Zealand cities, Dunedin's most popular sports are rugby and cricket. Their Super14 franchise is The Highlanders, with their Air New Zealand Cup team the Otago Rugby Football Union. The Otago Volts are the local cricket team.

Dunedin Train Station. (Getty)


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