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It’s 5000 miles from Singapore, and over 9000 from New York. Yes, New Zealand’s South Island is a long way away
from the rest of the world, but it’s distance that helps make
the city of Dunedin so special. Distance, and the promise of new beginnings is what drew two shiploads of Scottish settlers to the South Island’s Otago region in 1848. These wild shores, fern-filled valleys, and ever-changing skies spoke to
the hardy Scots, just as they had to the Maori who settled the Otago Peninsula centuries before. The industrious Scots made their mark all
over New Zealand, but nowhere is the Caledonian spirit
more alive than in Dunedin. Set at the head of Otago Harbour, the city centre is shaped by The Octagon, an eight-sided plaza that’s a tribute to the Scottish sense of order. Right at the Octagon’s heart sits a contemplative statue of Robert Burns, the acclaimed Scottish poet whose nephew was one of the city’s founding fathers. While all around rise some of the city’s
most important buildings, such as Town Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, and The Dunedin Public Art Gallery. From here, Dunedin spills out
in all its bluestone beauty. Wander down Stuart Street to New Zealand’s
most photographed building, Dunedin Railway Station. In the early 1900s,
when Dunedin was the nation’s commercial capital, the station serviced over 100 trains a day. Today it serves as the departure point for scenic adventures along the Otago coast
and into the rugged interior, yet its grand interiors and mosaics
still sweep visitors back to the great age of rail. Just up the tracks, venture back even further, at the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum. Gaze up into the faces of Otago’s stoic pioneers
in the portrait room, where dreams, hopes and trials drift back
electronically across the mists of time. Just behind the museum, The Dunedin Chinese Garden quietly celebrates the contribution Chinese settlers have made
to the region, particularly during the 1860s gold rush. Across town, at the Otago Museum, discover the complete history of
this Southern Land, from the present day, back to
the legendary Moa, and beyond. Just a short walk from the museum, step into Olveston House, once the family home of a prosperous merchant
and arts patron. Filled with exotic arts and antiques, as well as everyday objects, this 35-room Edwardian time-capsule is
a fascinating window into Dunedin’s glory days. Retracing centuries of history
can be thirsty work, so why not combine a little learning
with leisure, at Speight’s Brewery, which has been serving up the
Pride of the South since 1876. The brewery sits on top of
a deep underground spring, so even if you don’t fancy a cold one, you can still fill up on pure spring water
for free. If it’s too early for beer, just follow the scent of roasting coffee beans
to Dunedin’s many cafes. Dunedin is the home of
New Zealand’s first university, whose students keep the city’s
creative juices bubbling, from its innovative dining, live music scene, to its fabulous street art. When it’s time to walk off lunch, stretch your legs on Baldwin Street, which according to the Guinness Book of Records, is the steepest in the world. Or explore the woodland paths and floral displays
at the Dunedin Botanic Garden, and enjoy the fine views across
the northern suburbs. Just a ten-minute drive south from the city
centre is St Clair Beach, a popular summertime hangout for generations
of Dunedinites, and for those crazy enough, the site of the annual mid-winter plunge! Dunedin offers no shortage of natural escapes. The wildest jewel in Dunedin’s crown is
The Otago Peninsula, which remarkably, sits within the city limits. Rent a car or a push bike and follow the peninsula’s coast road past
the boat sheds and shacks of fishermen, charter boat operators, and rat-race escapees. Head into the hills through forests and farms, to New Zealand’s only castle. Referred to by its creator simply as, “The Camp”, Larnach Castle, is anything but. Step inside these thick stone walls and explore
lavish living rooms, cosy bedrooms and a tower with views
across the harbour to Port Chalmers. Further up the peninsula is another of Otago’s
most important buildings, the Ōtākou Marae. Built on the site of an important Maori settlement, this meetinghouse is the hub
of Ngāi Tahu cultural life. A little further up the road the peninsula
comes to an end, where Taiaroa Head and the vast Pacific’s
many moods meet. A century ago, lookouts at Fort Taiaroa scanned
the horizon for hostile raiders. Today, visitors are on the lookout for something
far more delightful, the Otago sea life. Taiaroa Head is home to the world’s only
mainland albatross breeding colony. Pay a visit to the Royal Albatross Centre, a safe haven where these seabirds who travel
an astonishing 120,000 miles each year, come to rest, breed,
and raise their chicks. While you’re here, sit back and watch the
resident Southern Fur Seals glide by between their long snoozes
in the sunshine. And if you hang around til dusk, you’ll catch Little Blue Penguins,
the world’s smallest, return from a big day at sea to
the warmth and safety of their burrows. Once the sea spray and mists of
the Otago Peninsula have whet your appetite for adventure, it’s time to hit the road again. Just to Dunedin’s North, stop in and say hello to rare
Yellow Eyed Penguins at Shag Point. Then just up the road at Hampden, reconnect with your sense of childhood wonder at the mysterious Moeraki Boulders. At the historic farming and port town of Omaru, Victorian warehouses and stores have become
places where imaginations run free, earning the town the title of, The Steampunk Capital of the World. If it’s total isolation you’re yearning for, turn southward to a corner of New Zealand
bypassed by time, the sparsely-populated Caitlins Coast. Explore Mother Nature’s ancient forests, let her watery veils enchant you
at Purakaunui Falls. Then feel the full force of grandeur at
Nugget Point. To the west, Central Otago beckons, from its historic gold towns, all the way to Queenstown’s lakes and
The Remarkables. For centuries this region has been a place
of new beginnings, a place to escape from the constraints of
the past. Today more than ever, we need places that
allow us to catch our breath, experience a little magic, and continue our journeys renewed. Dunedin always has been, and always will be, one of those places.


  • José Ivanildo da Silva Silva

    Linda…! Muito bela cidade. Estou encantado com esta localidade. Podem se orgulhar deste paraiso.
    Vou me sentir gratificado se receber outra visita.

  • Abdul Hadi Malik

    not only beautiful but also peaceful not much heavy with tourists . if u have to experience European architecture but not overcrowded than Dunedin is best .

  • BackpackerGuide.NZ

    Good tips! We missed out on the Edwardian house but we did do the Elm Wildlife Tours, Monarch, Cadbury World, Royal Albatross Centre, Taitu, Otago Museum, tunnel Beach and the art gallery. Dunedin has so much to do it's awesome!

  • Robert Miller

    I love Dunedin and I have lived in Auckland, and Wellington. I certainly couldn't say I loved Auckland, infact I couldn't wait to leave the place and dear onld Wellington has a horrible climate being the windiest city in the World!

  • Joan Middlemiss

    I am from Dunedin and my Great Great Grandfather Richard Driver was the one who brought into Dunedin the Philip Laing and John Wickliffe.

  • Mihai Novac

    The Albatross birds travel 120.000 miles each year ?????? hahahaha …(min 7:17) The distance around the Earth at the Equator, its circumference, is 40,075 kilometers (24,901 miles) …. where they go ? 🙂

  • Liz G

    Please note – the gorgeous waterfalls shown toward the end of this, are in the CATLINS, pronounced like the animal and a woman whose full name is Linda! Cat-lins. Not Cayt-lins, as the commentator said. His pronunciation of Maori places was pretty good, but that one really irks! Sorry! But I love my home town and all these places nearby!

  • Ash

    I am moving to Dunedin this July to live with my mother and I’m literally in shock at how beautiful and calm this city looks!!

  • Phillipa Salisbury

    My great grandmother on my mum's side is from Dunedin. God defend new Zealand. As always God's country

  • Paul Kratz

    Can anyone tell me where the place in the thumbnail for the video is? I'm going to New Zealand soon and really wanna go there!

  • Samski

    Thank you for sharing! You are very gifted. I really like to travel too:)I just revealed my first ever video – My travel diary in Queenstown. Eep!Would love your suggestions on my video/editing thus I could get better like you!

  • the phoenix 315

    Looks like the Southern Hemisphere equivalent of Edinburgh; like it's name. Dunedin is Edinburgh in Gaelic.

  • Michael Loglio

    For the residents of Dunedin, I find New Zealand very interesting in that it has a number of outdoor chess games ! Can't say personally I'm much of a chess player but will say l have a keen interest in mathematical symmetries. I find the shape of the 'Octagon' noteworthy since you can create one on a chess board making 8 moves with the Knight. By making 8 more Knight moves inward, you can form a 4th dimensional Cube or Tesseract….claimed in a 'Thor' adventure film to have special powers ! I find this to be of significant relevance since NZ is thought by many to be a magical place !

  • Farhat Azim

    Nobody loves NZ like me.i start crying literally whenever i see its skyraching high mountains n its so pure nature.came here for 2 weeks n stayed 2 months.n still didnt get enough.here i got connected to myself tnx to marvellous nature.only thing i think in nz nature is potry,music n love.n i forget everything else in nz tnx to lakes n rainforest n mountains

  • De U

    This is nice."Expedia kindly do video of the following Towns & Cities in Britain (Windsor, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, York, Brighton, Blackpool, Scarborough, Plymouth, Exeter, Penzzance, Kingston Upon Hull, Newcastle, Lincoln, Perth in Scotland, Inverness, Dundee, Cardiff, Swansea, Norwich and Durham) These are all very nice Towns & Cities with peculiar architecture, history and tourist sights. I would have mentioned the likes of Birmingham and Leeds but those are large and modern cities. And You already have videos of Liverpool and Manchester although I think there's more to see in Greater Manchester than was shown in the video. The whole of the UK is actually a sight to behold as so much history is baked into their Cities, Towns and villages as well as stately homes (Inhabited and non-inhabited castles). I know I've missed a lot of other great places especially in Northern Ireland but I wouldn't be able to list them all. Thanks @Expedia

  • Richard Hoekstra

    My family and I enjoyed our christmas holidays in Dunedin in 2016/2017. Dunedin is such a great city. The people are nice, the food is great, the nature and wildlife are awesome. When I see this video, I want to go back to Dunedin immediately. When you go there, don’t forget to visit Tunnel Beach and go to restaurant Vault21 at the Octagon. Once we will return.

  • Mark Robles

    Very helpful video coming from someone that just moved to this beautiful country! Feel free to check out my weekly vlog channel!

  • Emily Bruh

    I live in Wellington and I go to Dunedin every 6 months and I never get bored of it! I practically die every time I go to Baldwin Street

  • the phoenix 315

    It is the furthest away city from London, the former imperial capital at 11,852 mi (19,074 km), Paris 11,839 mi (19,053 km), Berlin 11,305 mi (18,194 km), and Edinburgh 11,682 mi (18,800 km). It’s antipodes lie in the Bay of Biscay 177 miles north of A Coruña in Spain.

  • the phoenix 315

    Can you do some more South Island videos please, like Fiordland, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Christchurch, Nelson Lakes, and Invercargill.

  • Matt Woods

    I think this video should be re-edited now as a street in Wales has recently overtaken Baldwin Street as the world's steepest.

  • NEIL Jones

    Hi, could someone from Expedia please tell me what the music is playing behind this video thank you, my wife and i have been to Dunedin many times with Princess Cruises and it is such a beautiful place, love the Railway Station, we always visit there every time we cruise to Dunedin.

  • Ben

    ~~Big Long List~~
    I am a local. The first half only includes in the city itself.
    Further down the list I have outside of Dunedin.
    There is so much to do. My big list here does not mention Cafés, Resturants, hunting, fishing or even half of the Walking tracks (because there is literally a whole book).
    I also refuse to give away surf locations (because I am not a surfer) and generic things like the indoor Rock climbing or Curling (Winter)
    Here we go:
    *Olverston house
    *Baldwin street (Real steepest street when measured from the Center of the road unlike the edge on that Wales street)
    *Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
    *Dunedin Railway Station (with NZ sports Museum)
    *Speights Brewary
    *Orokanui Ecosanctuary
    *Albatross Colony with disappearing WW2 gun (obviously not firing)
    *Natures Wonders 8 wheeled off road wildlife tour
    *Penguin Place (tour)
    *Tunnel Beach (tunnel dug down to beach)
    *Port Chalmers
    *Mt Cargill lookout (and organ pipe shaped rocks that can be walked over) *Pineapple track lookout
    *Dunedin Chinese Gardens
    *Taieri Gorge railway to Pukurangi, seasider train to Palmerston.
    *Ross Creek Reservoir (Northwest across a road at the northern tip to the beginning of the Pineapple walk track,
    Actually going down and east and down [ just keep following any track as long as it goes down ] you are at the start of the 'Love the Leith' stream walk which ends at the harbour walking past the Dunedin Roofed Rugby stadium),
    *Love the Leith Stream walk (as I mentioned above, goes through 4 features that can be explored further on their own)
    -Woodhaugh Gardens
    -Dunedin Botanical Gardens
    -Otago University
    -Dunedins permanant roof with real grass stadium.
    Or you can follow the stream as you wish on either side

    Extras: St Clair beach, Brighton, Larnach Castle (yes a castle), Taieri Mouth, Aramoana, Purakaunui, osbourne beach,
    Also there is the Sandfly bay and Sandymount walking tracks on peninsula
    Sawyers Bay reservoir,
    Edgar centre (southern hemispheres largest single building indoor sports arena), flights over Dunedin, glowworms at Nicols Creek, various mountain bike tracks.

    Edit: more extras – Otago Museum (different to the settlers museum with a butterfly rainforest)
    Dunedin painted art on buildings tour, 'city of firsts bus tour'.
    Signal hill lookout.
    Gun emplacements at Tomahawk and near albatross Colony

    Outside of Dunedin city:
    *Catlins: two hours south of Dunedin, walking, waterfalls, Nugget point lighthouse (front video picture)
    *Palmerston (best accessed by seasider train). From there you can do a tour of the Macraes Goldmine which is a half hour inland
    *Karitane (nice coastal road drive near the railwayline for the seasider train, Good views of coastline and inlet)
    *Middlemarch (Taieri Gorge train goes past Pukerangi to the small town once or twice a week)
    *Outram (walks and river)
    *Sinclair Wetlands and Waipori falls
    *Lawrence and Gabriels Gully

  • carol King

    I was lucky enough to live there growing up and during those 14 years I went to Otago Girls High School and was married in First Church.
    That was in the 1950s and early 60s. It was beautiful then but now it is truly extraordinary and I wish I was young enough to be able
    to return and enjoy it all again as this film shows the amazing changes of even more wonderful openings have been created for us to see.

  • carol King

    Just loved this. Filmed beautifully. Made me very homesick. Have not been back to visit in at least 15 years. A beautiful place to grow up in.

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