Things to do in Dunedin

Activities, attractions and tours
Larnach Castle which includes a castle and street scenes

Dunedin Tourist Attractions & Activities

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  • Book your favourite activities and day trips on Expedia Australia for a great price, and you'll still have enough cash for a top hotel or luxurious meal while you’re in town. The things to do in Dunedin are not only among the best, but they won’t cost an arm and a leg. We have things to do here, and you can get them starting at just .
  • Dunedin is a favourite among sightseers. In fact, a good percentage of travellers can't wait for their next holiday to the regionto learn about local history and culture and participate in the best activities. The most booked activities can catch the curiosity of even seasoned travellers, and it's not hard to see why. Our activities includes an impressive array of entertainment and excitement. With unique ways to discover the best this area has to offer like a Dunedin Cruise Excursion – Taieri Gorge Railway & Sightseeing Tour to unequalled ways to explore the best this area has to give like a Shore Excursion: Larnach Castle & Cadbury Factory Sightseeing Tour, there are tons of things to do to choose from when you consider all the choices available here at Expedia Australia.

It takes a bit of planning to fully explore Dunedin, particularly when you intend to include lots of exciting activities. And we can tell you're itching to explore every avenue—you're excited to get out and have an adventure. You're anxious to sign up for the best activities around, and an afternoon walk through charming neighbourhoods is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Our activities are the ideal way to organise your getaway. Book guided tours on Expedia Australia, and you'll learn all about the city's history along the way.

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1. The Octagon

Visit The Octagon to admire the superb cathedral and Victorian town hall, relax with a coffee at one of many open-air cafés or lie on the lawns and escape the busy city streets. Dunedin’s eight-sided central plaza is the ideal first port of call on your tour of the city.
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Dunedin’s city center combines some of the city’s finest historic buildings with serene parkland and relaxed cafés. 

2. Larnach Castle

Explore the striking Larnach Castle and admire its elaborate woodcarvings and crystal chandeliers. Learn the tragic story of its original inhabitants and admire breathtaking views of the Otago Peninsula from the well-tended grounds.
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Discover tales of romance and tragedy, see rare Victorian furniture and take in stunning ocean vistas at New Zealand’s only castle. 

3. Dunedin Town Hall

Dunedin Town Hall is a civic building and events centre located in the heart of Dunedin’s city centre. It has a 2,000-plus capacity auditorium suitable for concerts, conferences and galas, among other events. Admire this magnificent Victorian-style building that dominates the northern side of The Octagon, Dunedin’s central plaza. It is part of a group of versatile venues collectively known as the Dunedin Centre.
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Watch rock concerts and classical music recitals at this auditorium, which is one of several facilities located in the Dunedin Centre.

4. Dunedin Botanic Garden

Spend a day in nature at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Wander amid towering trees and marvel at multi-coloured flowers from all corners of the globe. Visit an aviary and appreciate the views from the garden’s hills. Established in 1863, Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand’s oldest botanical garden. It covers an area of around 30 hectares (75 acres), which consists of an arboretum, greenhouses, rockeries, and more.
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Spot native birdlife, admire thousands of colourful plant species and enjoy picnics on lush green lawns at this pretty public garden.

5. Regent Theatre

Choose a performance to attend from the year-round program of ballets, concerts, musicals, operas and other events at Dunedin’s Regent Theatre. The theatre is actually a collection of three individual buildings set on The Octagon plaza. The oldest of these buildings, the magnificent auditorium, dates back to 1876. Admire its revived Baroque style and book a seat for a performance in this space with capacity for just over 1,600 patrons. Join a guided tour and go behind-the-scenes at the auditorium, stage and dressing rooms.
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A busy schedule of book fairs, family-friendly theatrical shows, film screenings, live concerts and well-known Broadway productions makes this city theatre a one-stop venue for cultural events.

6. St. Paul's Cathedral

Gazing up from Dunedin’s Octagon, you can’t miss the ornate façade and towering spires of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Step inside and discover beautiful stone carvings, artwork and more, all illuminated by the colored light of stunning stained-glass windows.
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Dramatic architecture, exquisite sculptures, superb stained-glass windows and one of the country’s largest pipe organs are all on show at Dunedin’s Anglican cathedral.

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