Exploring the South Island of NZ- Visit Dunedin


Dunedin is located in South Island of NZ and is one of the main cities of New Zealand in regards to geographic, historic, and cultural reasons. Here are some of the main attractions that you ought not to miss when visiting it.

What to Do When Exploring Dunedin in the South Island of NZ

1. Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle is a must visit and it’s Dunedin’s most important historic attraction. It is the only castle you will find in the whole country. Larnach was a very wealthy man that became rich thanks to the gold rush in the 19th century. The castle features Italian materials including Venetian glass and marble.

2. Otago Museum

It is one of New Zealand’s most complete museum when it comes to its cultural and natural heritage. It has lots of art and treasures. Also, one of its main features is the butterfly collection that can be found in the Discovery World exhibition located at a rainforest inside the museum. Another highlight is the Egyptian Mummy which can be found in the exhibit “People of the World”.

3. Dunedin Botanic Garden

Also a historic piece, the Dunedin Botanic Garden was established over 150 years ago. Being the first botanic garden in the whole of New Zealand, the Dunedin Botanic Garden has almost 7,000 different species of plants. Plants are native either from Europe or New Zealand. One of the best times to visit it is between August and October when around 3,000 flowers are in full bloom in the Rhododendron Dell.

4. Tunnel Beach

Located in the South of the center of the city, Tunnel Beach is a good place to hike beside the sea. It is also amazing as you can find fossils of very old specimens when walking. You may also want to view the area from the cliffs to enjoy from the different shades of blue that the sea has to offer.

5. Taieri Gorge Railway

The Taieri Gorge Railway has been deemed as one of the best rail journeys in the whole world. The trip lasts a total of four hours and takes you from the center of the city to the interior of the Central Otago mountain.

6. Signal Hill

The best place to see the city from is Signal Hill. Almost 400 meters above the city, Signal Hill will let you see Dunedin and the Otago Harbour from its top. In Signal Hill, you will find a monument dedicated to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi which basically marks the beginning of New Zealand as a nation.

As you have seen, Dunedin in South Island of NZ is one of the most historic cities in the whole country. Its historic sites and attractions are hard to match by any other city in the nation.

We at Alcala Motel work very hard to keep visitors pleased during their stay at Dunedin in South Island of NZ. Our studio motel in Dunedin is located in the center of the city which will make it easier for you to visit all the above-mentioned places. Also, we offer free access to a private hot spa pool among other amenities. Please visit www.alcalamotorlodge.co.nz to know more about our budget family motel accommodation dunedin in Otago.


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