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The Otago Coast stretches from the Waitaki River north of Oamaru to the Clutha River south of Dunedin, on the South Island's eastern coast. The city of Dunedin is nestled at the head of a long, natural harbour that is surrounded by dramatic rolling hills. Nearby towns include Waikouaiti, Palmerston and Oamaru.


  Dunedin is the South Island's second-largest city and the main commercial centre for the Otago region. With its Scottish Heritage, Dunedin is unique from anywhere else in New Zealand. Its name is the old Gaelic one for Edinburgh. The Scottish settlers brought with them a passion for education, and today Dunedin boasts the oldest and largest university in New Zealand. The energy and creativity of the student culture provides a vibrancy to everyday life in Dunedin. The Octagon is the heart of Dunedin city and it is a good place to start sightseeing. It is surrounded by the Municipal Chambers, St Paul's Cathedral, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Regent Theatre, along with a number of cafes, bars and restaurants. The Otago Gold rush left a legacy of ornate Victorian and Edwardian buildings, regarded as the best collection in the Southern Hemisphere. The Flemish Renaissance-styled railway station is an outstanding example.
Main attractions & activities

  Dunedin's architectural heritage has provided the city with some notable buildings, including the train station, town hall, university and many churches. There are also special former private residences worth noting including Olveston, a Jacobean-style family home and Glenfalloch, surrounded by 12 hectares of woodland garden. Neo-Gothic Larnach Castle represents the finest of nineteenth century craftsmanship.
Just 15 minutes drive from central Dunedin is Otago Peninsula, which is home to rare and unusual coastal wildlife. You can drive from central Dunedin to the tip of the Otago Peninsula in one hour. Nature and wildlife tour companies run daily excursions to view fur seals, endangered yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, sea lions, cormorants and to the world's only mainland albatross colony.
Further north on the Otago coast is Oamaru, known for the grand white stone buildings of its old harbourside precinct. On Moeraki Beach, about halfway between Oamaru and Dunedin are the unique, perfectly round Moeraki Boulders, which weigh up to four tons each.
To get there

  Dunedin airport receives Trans-Tasman flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast of Australia. Daily domestic flights arrive from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The driving time from Dunedin to the following destinations is as follows: Christchurch - 5 hours, Queenstown - 4 hours, 25 minutes, Te Anau - 4 hours, 15 minutes, Invercargill - 3 hours, 10 minutes.


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