Dunedin has a rich Scottish heritage and is one of the southern hemisphere’s best preserved Edwardian and Victorian cities, full of gothic-style architecture. Of particular note is the elegant architecture and interior of the Dunedin Railway Station. The famous Taieri Gorge railway is a spectacular journey and a wonderful day out.
While in town, one of New Zealand’s oldest and largest museums might appeal, the Otago Museum, or you may prefer to tour Speights Brewery, home of South Island’s favourite beer.
Chocoholics may prefer to visit the famous Cadbury World and others might be drawn to Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street.
Out of town, bask in the splendour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle and head along the peninsula where there are wonderful seascapes at every turn. This is a fabulous drive with evocative fishing shacks, little villages and an abundance of wildlife, including seals, Blue Penguins, cormorants and the Yellow-Eyed Penguin and, famously, the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head, the only mainland breeding site of these majestic birds.
To the north lies Moeraki on whose beach lie a collection of unearthly, perfectly spherical boulders. Formed 56 million years ago, they are spectacular and unsettling at the same time.