I spent the last three days in Dunedin, helping our son move from Auckland to Dunedin for his first year at the University of Otago. Although I have been to Dunedin multiple times I never had enough time to explore the region with a local private guide. This time I was lucky, having a local guide who grew up in Dunedin and showed me this wonderful place off the beaten track. - my husband!
Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin wears 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. It is a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history. We drove up the Otago Peninsula where 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. On the beaches, you will find the fur seals and sea lions just lazing around and enjoying their natural habitat.
I have left Dunedin thinking, our son is very lucky to study in such an incredible environment.