Things to do in and around Dunedin

If you have a day or more to spare at either end of the conference, there are plenty of things to do around the city.  Click here for the official Dunedin Tourism site, which has links to pages with lots of information about what’s available in and around the city, and a video clip designed to entice you here.

One thing that might appeal is the Taieri Gorge Railway (pronounced Tie-ree) – a day trip inland through some spectacular wild country, or up the coast to Palmerston.  If you like wildlife, check out this page about wildlife tours to the penguin and seal colonies on the Otago Peninsula.  (You get the best chance of seeing penguins at dawn and dusk, but seals and albatrosses are around any time.)  Then of course there is always shopping, and just getting a bus into the Octagon and sitting in the sun with a good coffee is highy recommended.  The much-photographed Victorian style Dunedin Railway Station is just a short walk from the Octagon, and the newly opened Chinese Garden is nearby.

Central Otago Biking

If you want to go further afield, Central Otago is a beautiful area with lots to do, or you could go south to the Catlins – a coastal region, it is not quite so populous as Central, but the scenery is equally beautiful.


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