A Dozen Dunedin Attractions

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The southern city of Dunedin, which is actually the old Gaelic word for Edinburgh, is a famous town in the Land of the Long White Cloud €" New Zealand. Visitors from around the globe find their way to this city, largely for its awesome natural attractions and laid-back atmosphere. Rugby is religion here, and visitors will certainly understand what all the fuss is about when they arrive.

Auckland and Wellington offer domestic flights in Dunedin using Air New Zealand, but there are also international flights between Dunedin and Australia, namely the cities of Brisbane and Melbourne.

Dunedin hotels can be located in the heart of the city, and in its outskirts, and there are plenty of lodgings to choose from. It is recommended that tourists stay in the city for a few days at least, as Dunedin certainly packs a large number of surprises. However, lucky for travellers, the following list attempts to uncover some of these hidden gems!

1. Cadbury World is undoubtedly the premier tourist attraction for the city of Dunedin, at least when it comes to family-related landmarks. Who wouldn't want to spend a day touring one of the world's best chocolate makers?

2. Otago University is situated within the city of Dunedin, and is a great tourist attraction. No, visitors don't have to join the university to explore its fantastic buildings and spacious landscape. The cafes and bars on site are not too bad either!

3. Dunedin Botanical Gardens, located in the northern part of Dunedin, takes up more than 50 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens with plenty of floral diversity for naturalists to enjoy.

4. Royal Albatross Colony is not far from the city of Dunedin, and stands as the world's sole mainland nesting ground for the Albatross. It sits on the Otago Peninsula, and is mostly busy during the summer months.

5. The Otago Museum is the largest museum within the city of Dunedin. There are plenty of wonderful things to see and do in the museum, and free wi-fi internet in some areas of the establishment.

6. Larnach Castle is supposed to be the only castle in New Zealand, but upon first glance, it barely looks like a castle at all. Nevertheless, there is still a beautiful mansion found on site.

7. Orokonui Eco Sanctuary is a spectacular eco park that shouldn't be overlooked by tourists. Unfortunately, for visitors to see this park, it requires guided tours, and most of the time, these guided tours require bookins well in advance.

8. Speights Brewery is one of the most renowned beers in New Zealand, and the brewery is a wonderful place for tourists. Even though it is an attraction for adults mostly, children are allowed to visit the factory with adult supervision.

9. The Octagon ay not have an awesome array of attractions, but it is the centre of the city, so receives a fair amount of tourists every day. As its name suggests, the centre of the town is shaped in an octagon, and contains many interesting shops and businesses.

10. Fortune Theatre is the main theatre in the city, and is located in a former church. There are plenty of live plays and misical performances held in the theatre throughout the year.

11. The Robert Burns Statue is a statue located in the middle of Dunedin of the famous poet, Robert Burns. The statue is more than 100 years old, and was originally made in Scotland.

12. Taiaroa Heads is a fantastic natural headland area that contains the Royal Albatross Colony, but also a number of interesting forts and colonial structures. This area is the perfect attraction for visitors wanting to get out of the city of Dunedin for half a day or even more.
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