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Dunedin Holidays Overview
A city to linger and explore, Dunedin will captivate and enchant you. You will gather together lasting memories of your visit to this city rich in heritage. Dunedin is located on the southeast coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Nestled between tree clad hills at the head of the Otago Peninsular, venture out to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s rarest wildlife.
The gold rush period of 1860-1880 produced an increase flow of wealth into Dunedin and it became the centre of European commerce and culture in New Zealand. Today, it still retains the elegant grandeur that is missing in larger cities in New Zealand. Stroll through the city and you will be enthralled with the elegant buildings and New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle.
Take your time in Dunedin, relax and absorb the culture and lifestyle. Enjoy the grandeur of our historic homes, discover the unique boutiques and explore the city centre. Venture out to experience the sheer physical beauty of the region.
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A week of celebration and merriment is the Dunedin Summer Festival. The event is based around a theme and includes the Southern Festival of Speed, Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally and of course the crowning of the Festival Queen. Enjoy the excitement of the Dragon Boat Racing and the Festival Processing. It is an exciting week of live entertainment that never seems to stop. Bring the family to the Dunnedin Summer Festival.
The Cadbury Chocolate Carnival in July is an opportunity to indulge in your favourite treats. Chocolate lovers come from far and wide to participate in the Jaffa Race down the world’s steepest street. Marvel at the wonders of the chocolate art and don’t miss the chocolate tastings or entertainment stage shows. Try keeping the kids away, there is something for everyone.
The middle of the main flowering season in October is the ideal time to visit the Rhododendron Festival. This favourite community event showcases the beautiful gardens of the city and private gardens. The blaze of colour is a splendid backdrop to the week of festivities with activities and garden tours.
holidays - How to Get There
Air New Zealand provides daily flights between Dunedin and Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Mainland Air and Alpine Air are local airlines based at Dunedin International Airport and provide charter flights and ‘flight seeing’ tours.