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Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand

Perched on the hills above one of New Zealand's loveliest harbors, Dunedin is a Kiwi city with a Scottish heart. Hailed as the "Edinburgh of New Zealand," Dunedin is proud of its heritage. A statue of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns graces downtown, and the presence of New Zealand's only kilt maker and whisky distillery - as well as many bagpipe bands - keep Dunedin's ties to Scotland alive. The city also boasts a distinguished architectural and cultural history, a legacy of New Zealand's 1860s gold rush.

Port Chalmers, gateway to Dunedin, is located eight miles from the city center. Dunedin is a planned city: its streets and suburbs fan out from the city's octagon.

Travel tip: Dunedin is pronounced "Dunn-knee-din"

Points of Interest

  • Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Larnach Castle
  • Olveston House
  • Otago Harbour & Peninsula
  • Speights Brewery
  • Botanical Garden
  • Otago Museum
  • Dunedin Train Station

More about Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand Points of Interest

  • Taieri Gorge Railway -

    Travel the fabled route of pioneers & prospectors through spectacular Taieri River Gorge. This historic railway, from the 1870s, boasts wrought iron viaducts, tunnels and modern and vintage carriages. Exclusively chartered for Princess Cruises, the train journey commences from alongside the ship and includes tea, lunch and continuous refreshment service.

  • Larnach Castle -

    Enjoy spectacular tower views and beautiful gardens at this neo-Gothic estate. Commissioned by William Larnach for his beloved first wife, the home preserves the baronial lifestyle of the 1800s.

  • Olveston House -

    Designed by London architect Sir Ernest George and built in 1904-06 for David Theomin, a Dunedin importer, this magnificent 35-room Jacobean-style mansion tells the story of a gracious age.

  • Otago Harbour & Peninsula -

    Otago Peninsula is one of the South Island's most significant wildlife areas and boasts untamed landscape.

  • Speights Brewery -

    Still on Rattray Street at the foot of City Rise, the same site it has occupied since 1876, Speight's Brewery brews the "Pride of the South," a favorite New Zealand beer.

  • Botanical Garden -

    Established in 1863, the lush Botanic Gardens boast rose, camellia, rhododendron and native plant displays. Also on site are a Glasshouse Garden, aviary, and convenient souvenir shop.

  • Otago Museum -

    The Otago Museum was founded in 1868 and has undergone many changes over the years. It is the largest cultural and heritage institution in Otago and has a collection of over two million natural science specimens and human history artifacts. The Museum is Dunedin's most visited attraction.

  • Dunedin Train Station -

    Dunedin's landmark railway station features an elaborate Victorian facade, extravagant tile floors and etched glasswork.

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City Drive, Olveston House & Botanic Gardens

4 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | PC3-200 P C 3 - 2 0 0

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From $69.95

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City Drive & Larnach Castle

4 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | PC3-205 P C 3 - 2 0 5

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From $99.95

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Easy Dunedin

2.15 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | PC3-215 P C 3 - 2 1 5

Easy Activity

From $59.95

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Olveston House & Larnach Castle

4.5 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | PC3-220 P C 3 - 2 2 0

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $144.95

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Best of Dunedin - The Taieri Gorge Train Tour

5 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | PC3-230 P C 3 - 2 3 0

Moderate Activity

From $249.95

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Otago Wildlife Cruise

2.5 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | PC3-245 P C 3 - 2 4 5

Easy Activity

From $134.95

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Albatross Cruise & Natures Wonders

4.5 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | PC3-250 P C 3 - 2 5 0

Moderate Activity

From $279.95

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LOCAL CONNECTIONS: Craft Dunedin

3 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | PC3-315 P C 3 - 3 1 5

Moderate Activity

From AUD$329.95

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Local Connections - Nature's Wonders

4 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | PC3-460 P C 3 - 4 6 0

Moderate Activity

From $174.95

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Dunedin by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (With Driver/Guide)

8 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | PC3-900 P C 3 - 9 0 0

Moderate Activity

From $1399.95

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Dunedin by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (With Driver/Guide)

8 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | PC3-905 P C 3 - 9 0 5

Moderate Activity

From $1199.95

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