Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere with gorgeous heritage buildings everywhere you look. Nowadays, these are filled with quirky cafes, boutiques and other attractions that will fill days of exploration.
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Situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle is one of New Zealand’s premier visitor attractions. Lovingly restored by the Barker Family, the Castle and surrounding grounds are at the heart of the Dunedin visitor experience. A diverse business; Larnach Castle Limited, offers the castle experience, award winning gardens, luxury accommodation, event management and unique dining experiences. Larnach Castle has received numerous national and international accolades.
Olveston was built for Dunedin businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin.
Designed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George, the 35-room mansion was built between 1904-6 styled as an 'English country house in the city'.
The house was designed to the highest standards, fitted with modern features such as a lift, an electric generator for lighting and full central heating. The house was furnished with artworks, antiques, furniture and artefacts from all around the world.
The house and the original family possessions were gifted by the last member of the family to the City of Dunedin in 1966.
Fully furnished, Olveston is a time capsule, as little has changed since it was the Theomin Family home.
Established in 1863 as the first Botanic Gardens in New Zealand, the 28-hectare grounds are resplendent with over 6,800 plant species and the song of wild native bellbirds, wood pigeons and Tui.
The sprawling lower gardens feature the rather unique Edwardian Winter Garden glasshouse containing tropical plants, cacti, and succulents which overlooks the serene Japanese Garden complete with a bamboo grove. The Garden is located in North Dunedin, just over a kilometre from the Alexis Motor Lodge. A regular bus service operates from the city centre to the north end past the Botanic Garden.
Explore the spectacular landscapes of Dunedin and the surrounding Otago region with Dunedin Railways. They have multiple tour options including scenic journeys into the heart of the stunning Central Otago hinterland, travel along the rugged Otago coast, or longer, luxury rail tours.
The Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a regional history museum in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its brief covers the territory of the old Otago Province, that is, New Zealand from the Waitaki River south, though its main focus is the city of Dunedin. It is New Zealand's oldest history museum.