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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perfect for those who prefer to see the sights with little walking, delight in Dunedin's scenic beauty and stunning architecture on a panoramic motorcoach drive. Founded by Scottish settlers in 1848, this charming city, whose Gaelic name means Little Edinburgh, features a wealth of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, richly festooned with spires, gables and gargoyles.
Experience Dunedin's Scottish heritage on a narrated drive, then tour Olveston House, a 35-room Jacobean mansion built by David Theomin in 1906. The mansion is filled with treasures collected on Theomin's world travels. Conclude with a stroll through New Zealand's oldest botanic gardens, home to a rhododendron dell and a rose garden.
Considered to be the best-preserved Victorian city in the world, Dunedin is ready to be discovered on a narrated motorcoach drive that also reveals its top landmarks. Then, tour New Zealand's only castle. Built by W.J.N. Larnach, the neo-Gothic Larnach Castle took 15 years to complete and boasts appointments and exotic hardwoods from around the world.
Crafted to perfection by local expert Louise van de Vliered, this two-hour walking tour in Port Chalmers is the perfect introduction to the vibrant village that will delight food and art lovers. Visit the Flying Whale Gallery and The Port Pantry and sample local beer or wine at one of the best pubs in the country.
A scenic cruise around Otago Harbour offers stellar views of the area's natural volcanic scenery and abundant wildlife, ranging from flocks of migratory birds to penguins and seals. Head out to Taiaroa Head, named after a Maori chieftain and home to an old coastal fort and a colony of royal albatross.
Visit two of Dunedin's most lavish landmarks when you explore Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle, for a tour of the amazing residence and its lavish gardens. Partake in delicious tea and scones in the castle's ballroom. Then visit Olveston House, a 35-room Jacobean mansion filled with treasures from around the world.
No one knows a town better than a native and local expert. Louise van de Vliered, delights in introducing the lively Port Chalmers region and the charming student city of Dunedin. Gain insider knowledge of all the highlights, then tour the historic and stunning Carey's Bay Hotel in Port Chalmers with local craft beers brewed in the area.
Enjoy the thrill of the ride on an 8-wheel-drive vehicle, known as an Argo, for a scenic off-road journey that takes you to view some of the Otago Peninsula's most spectacular wildlife inhabitants. Highlights include possible sightings of New Zealand fur seals that live on the rocks and frolicking sea lions.
Visit the cute critters conservation facility at the Blue Penguin Colony, a world-leading conservation and research facility. Then, explore Oamaru's historic district, including a visit to the very modern Steampunk Train exhibit. Finally, behold the phenomenal Moeraki Boulders, geologic wonders 65 million years in the making, scattered across the Otago coast.
Experience Dunedin's Scottish roots and try a wee taste of Scotland, New Zealand style. Enjoy a traditional Scottish Highland dancing demonstration and a haggis ceremony and admire the 182-foot spire at First Church, completed in 1873. Stroll through the sylvan glades of Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, a Dunedin attraction since the 1870s.
Nature lovers will thrill to the fresh air and spectacular scenery on a hike on Mount Cargill, the most prominent peak in Dunedin. This hiking adventure offers views of southern New Zealand's treasured landscapes and the Organ Pipes, 10-million-year-old basalt formations created during the volcanic activity that formed Otago's harbor.
Glenfalloch, a gorgeous, historic garden and dining venue tucked within a hidden valley on the spectacular Otago Peninsula, opens its doors to a "Trust the Chef" experience at its stylish restaurant nestled within the lush surroundings. The menu showcases seasonal ingredients inventively presented and paired with carefully chosen New Zealand wines.
View the beauty of the Otago Peninsula from the seat of a sea kayak. Glide along the rugged coastline and keep your camera at the ready for marine life including magnificent royal albatross, yellow-eyed penguins, New Zealand fur seals and cormorants. Step ashore during a beach stop to enjoy some light refreshments.
This energetic day of mountain biking plus some hiking reveals intimate views of the splendid Otago Peninsula, renowned for its rugged beauty and rich marine and bird life. Begin your bike ride at Hooper's Inlet and pedal to Victory Beach at the Okia Reserve. Then, explore on foot and enjoy some refreshments.
All aboard this Princess exclusive! Board the train alongside your ship and travel through the dramatic Taieri Gorge on a journey that crosses cast-iron bridges and travels through mountain tunnels. Relax over morning tea and a light picnic lunch served along the way. Make a photo stop at the historic Dunedin Railway Station.
All aboard this Princess exclusive! Board the train alongside your ship and travel through the dramatic Taieri Gorge on a journey that crosses cast-iron bridges and travels through mountain tunnels. Relax over morning tea and a light picnic lunch served along the way. Make a photo stop at the historic Dunedin Railway Station. Wheelchair accessible by request only.
A Princess exclusive! Journey by rail through the dramatic Taieri Gorge crossing 19th-century, cast-iron bridges and traveling through 10 mountain tunnels. Relax over morning tea and a light picnic lunch. Disembark at Dunedin Railway Station and drive to Larnach Castle, which boasts English tile, Venetian glass and a 3,000-square-foot ballroom.
Make the most of your time in Dunedin with the luxury of a car class vehicle with a driver/guide available on a half-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Capacity is two guests.
Make the most of your time in Dunedin with the luxury of a van class vehicle with a driver/guide available on a half-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Capacity is six guests.
Make the most of your time in Dunedin with the luxury of a car class vehicle with a driver/guide available on a full-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Capacity is two guests.
Make the most of your time in Dunedin with the luxury of a van class vehicle with a driver/guide available on a full-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Capacity is six guests.