5 reasons to visit Dunedin

Published May 18th, 2012

Most people’s knowledge of Dunedin includes ‘its cold’ and nothing more. But we’re here to tell you that the city has plenty to offer. Dunedin is found in the Otago region and is the second largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Sure it’s cold at times, but it’s also really beautiful and has numerous historic attractions, beautiful views, surfing spots and even a castle to its name. Here are five more reasons to visit.


1.      It’s a Student Town

USB_Octagon_DunedinDunedin’s University of Otago is a huge draw card for the city. Established in 1869, the university is the oldest in New Zealand and a huge contributor to Dunedin’s economy. With so many students (they make up for a tenth of the city’s population) there’s never a shortage of student nights, events, live gigs and parties to attend.


2.      It’s unashamedly Scottish

Dunedin has a strong and proud Scottish heritage. The name Dunedin in fact, comes from the old Gaelic word for Edinburgh. As such, the city has earned the nickname as the Edinburgh of the South and is home to a number of cosy pubs and bars ideal for drinking whisky.


3.      Cadbury World

If you’re a fan of Willy Wonka or sugar in general, then you won’t want to miss a tour of the Cadbury Factory in Dunedin. There might not be any Oompa Loompas but there's more than enough chocolate to make up for it.


4.      Rugby

There’s nothing quite like seeing a rugby game in Dunedin. Even if you’re not a complete fan of the code, you’re bound to get swept up in the atmosphere and passion of it all. Catch a game at the university or at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, the world’s only fully enclosed green stadium.


5.      Beer

The beloved Speight’s Brewery is a Dunedin icon and must visit for all ale lovers. On a tour of the brewery you can learn about the history of the venue as well as see, smell and taste the ingredients that make up Speight’s signature beers. After the tour, enjoy a much deserved tasting session at the Speight’s Ale House.


To find out more or book a Dunedin holiday, talk to a Student Flights consultant on today on 1800 046 462.


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.