Dunedin, New Zealand

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Dunedin Guide – Spend Less, Do More

Dunedin PanoramicIt seems like no matter where you go in New Zealand, rugby is everywhere and Dunedin is no exception. But of course, the atmosphere is electric and the fanfare is second to none, so of course your first stop is to Forsyth Barr Stadium to cheer on the local crowd favourite, the Otago Highlanders.

After that, the locals told you of Dunedin's beautiful and Instagram-worthy railway station so you just had to go and get a selfie with that. Finally, TripAdvisor told you that Toitu Otago Settlers Museum was the ultimate tourist attraction in Dunedin...over 600 reviewers couldn't be wrong, and sure enough the museum was a hit! At the end of the day, you know that you had only scratched the surface of what Dunedin has to offer!

You've just arrived and need to get your bearings

Pathway To Tunner BeachSo what better to do that than a free bushwalk. Starting behind Logan Park High School, the Signal Hill trail leads you to...you guessed it, Signal Hill. This lookout standing at 393 metres high is perfect for working out where everything is located as well as treating you to an Instagram-worthy panoramic shot of the Otago Harbour, peninsula and Port Chalmers. This will make the folks back home jealous! Be sure to also check out the two large bronze statues, dedicated to New Zealand's 100 year anniversary.

You had McDonald's in the airport, so you definitely don't need to eat it again in Dunedin

But let's not beat around the bush, you already know where you're going for lunch. Dunedin is synonymous with Speight's beer since its inception in 1876 and a brewery tour was always on your itinerary. But what has this to do with lunch, you ask? Well, the brewery also offers two-course lunch and dinner packages along with the standard tour. Did I mention the tour includes half an hour of tasting as much beer as you can pour! Be sure to drink responsibly!

That brewery tour was worth every penny

But now your wallet is looking a bit bare and your waistline isn't thanking you either. Luckily, you are right next to the Otago Peninsula so hire a car and head off on one of the many walking trails – and they're free! As an added bonus, Otago Peninsula, dubbed 'the Wildlife Capital of New Zealand', gives you a chance to spot the magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat like the Royal Albatross and endangered Yellow Eyed Penguins. If you're there with someone special, this might be the place to pop the question, since the CNN network named the Otago Peninsula one of the top 10 most romantic places in the world to propose!

You saved so much money on your hotel

Sandfly BayThere was only one thing left to do – celebrate! What better way to celebrate than treating yourself to a scenic horse trek at Hare Hill. Only a 20 minute drive from Dunedin, the horse treks are suitable for all ages and abilities. Take the open paddock trail for harbour views or trot along the Aramoana beaches and watch the waves roll in.

Before you left, you needed to find out where the name Dunedin comes from. Turns out it's Scottish and that knowledge sparked your interest in the history of the region. So why not drive to New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle and Gardens. Built in 1871, the Gothic architecture and antiques are well worth the price of admission and that isn't even counting the picturesque harbour views. The surrounding gardens were built by the restorer of the castle itself, Margaret Barker, and have been named as a Garden of International Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. Be sure to ask your guide about the Larnach family history and the scandals that engulfed them.

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