The southern New Zealand city of Dunedin has a rich Scottish heritage and many unique attractions worth your while whether you are visiting for a day or two or a longer period of time. Here are some of the top things to see and explore with your Dunedin car hire from Hertz Dunedin.
The centre of Dunedin is known as the Octagon. It’s home to a great number of excellent cafes and restaurants where you can grab a bite and fuel up. Afterward, take a stroll over to the Dunedin historic railway station – New Zealand’s most photographed building.
The world’s steepest street really has to be seen to be believed. This residential road in Dunedin’s north east valley will challenge all your perceptions. Once you’ve clambered up the slope, enjoy the views over the city and the peninsula.
Get into the area’s cultural, natural and maritime history at the Otago museum. There is a wonderful live butterfly rainforest experience as well as many rare objects, garments and specimens.
One of the best known beer brands in New Zealand is Speight’s. Its blokey ‘southern man’ vibe has been the cornerstone of a long running Pride of the South campaign for years. Speight’s was first brewed in 1876 in Dunedin at the same Rattray St site and no visitor should skip a tour of the brewery. This is an award winning experience both informative and interactive for beer and history buffs. Learn the secrets of the brewers, see and smell what goes into the making of Speight’s and sample some yourself.
New Zealand’s only castle, 20 minutes from Dunedin, has a suitably impressive chequered history dotted with scandal and tragedy. Its garden is highly rated and it displays a number of unique antiques. The splendid architecture and craftsmanship and views from the towers make Larnach Castle a must visit in Dunedin.
While Dunedin tends toward the cold and windy side, its coast is truly spectacular. Pop over to St Clair Beach – warm up with a coffee or a meal at one of the places on the esplanade. If it’s a nice day, you could even head out for a dip in the ocean or a surf session.