Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The accommodation is good and plentiful; the nightlife buzzes with funky bars and delicious restaurants and the natural attractions are unique and fascinating.
Don't miss a drive up the Otago Peninsula – the views are endless and the beaches are beautifully rugged. Nestled at the foot of Taiaroa Head is the Royal Albatross Centre, the only place in the world on the mainland where you can view Northern Royal Albatross in their natural habitat. On Dunedin’s doorstep you will also find incredible wildlife including the world’s rarest penguin colonies.
About New Zealand
New Zealand was one of the last places on the planet to be discovered by humans. Ancestors of our Maori people began arriving here about 700 years ago; European settlers followed about 500 years later.
Today the country's population is just 4.2 million, even though our land area is just a little less than Italy. This means there's plenty of room for fantastic scenery and unforgettable experiences.
Within the three main islands that form New Zealand - North Island, South Island and Stewart Island - there are an amazing variety of landscapes. Volcanic landforms, geothermal areas and spectacular beaches give the North Island its point of difference, while the South Island has huge mountain ranges, dramatic fiords and beautiful river plains. Stewart Island is almost entirely protected national park – a world barely touched by development.