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Dunedin, New Zealand

As the gateway to Queenstown's many adrenaline-pumping activities and guard to the unspoiled natural habitats of the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, the second-largest city on the South Island, with its historic Victorian architecture, alternative student atmosphere and outstanding outdoor recreation, stands second to none. Whether you want to peek at rare penguins, view historic buildings or take in a museum, Dunedin has it all and then some. Cruise Dunedin, New Zealand on the following ships; Radiance Of The Seas and Rhapsody Of The Seas. Explore other Australia/New Zealand cruises.

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Dunedin, New Zealand

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Travel by vintage train carriage along the eastern shores of Otago Harbour on the Taieri Gorge Train excursion. Make two photo stops and enjoy a light lunch. Cross the Taieri Plains and ascend into the rugged hills. Pass through the Salisbury Tunnel and see mountain scenery and the Taieri River for the next 27 km (17 miles). Stop at the Pukerangi plateau. Continue past the old sheep run, Mt. Allan and Christmas Creek.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • The Queenstown Overnight tour has it all: a smorgasbord of history, culture, scenic and alpine beauty.
  • Enjoy lunch in a unique lodge in the small Victorian mountain town of Clyde and wine tasting at the Gibbston Valley Winery.
  • Stay at Queenstown, a vibrant city situated on an old glacial valley floor surrounded by towering mountains. It is an ideal place to take a stroll with its narrow streets and compact town centre lined with shops, boutiques, courtyards and restaurants. In the evening, you will board the vintage steamship, T.S.S. Earnslaw, for a 40-minute evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak High Country Farm.
  • Visit the quaint township of Arrowtown, a former gold-mining town, or experience the tranquillity and charm of Te Anau.

Sporting Adventures

If there's a sport you love, you'll have no trouble doing it in Dunedin. From hiking to biking to surfing and sea kayaking, the more adventurous you are, the more adventures you'll find. Take in the view from Mt. Cargill. Buses run to the base but then it's just you and the mountain for the next 90 minutes. Or simply walk up Baldwin Street, the world's steepest.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Although Dunedin, Celtic for Edinburgh, was founded by the Scottish, finding a good Haggis is going to be hard. There are however over 140 restaurants in Dunedin, most centred on the Octagon and George Street. Chinese is a city speciality as the Chinese population dates back to the gold-rush days of the 1860s. But your best bet is to let your feet and appetite guide you.

Shopping for Bargains

Dunedin is a large city and can be expected to have all kinds of shops, from national chains to local boutiques, Scottish kitsch to antique treasures, art galleries to clothing designer showrooms. It's a cosmopolitan place and a bit expensive, so stroll along George Street and you'll find what you like. Or it'll find you.

Local Currency

Currency is the New Zealand dollar, currently worth about 40 pence (GDP) or 50 cents (EUR). Credit cards are widely accepted and cash machines are everywhere. Bureaux de change are widely available so don't expect any real trouble converting currency or traveller's cheques, but do shop around for the best rates.

Weather in Dunedin, New Zealand


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 63° 17.22°
Average Low 54° 12.22°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
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Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 1.96 in 4.98 cm

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