Dunedin

Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the major of Coast Otago. Dunedin offers visitors both urban and rural attractions and a chance to escape the crowds of Queenstown and party in the South Island's coolest and most urban chic city.

Dunedin is famous for being the indie musical heartland of New Zealand and popular student party town with an array of hip restaurants, caf├ęs and trendy hangouts. This compact little town centre is a comfortable blend of historic and contemporary which is very much reflected in its alluring museums, art galleries, even its beautiful streets! The town is home to New Zealand's oldest university which, with it brings a thriving live-music scene, theatre and of course, drinking culture!

The area also supports a collection of activities and tours which centre on the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula, so while you're there don't forget to take a hike through the beautiful surrounding areas and experience the unique flora and fauna!

Population: 120,000

Airport: Dunedin International Airport [DUD]

Attractions:

Cadbury World is a must see and do for all chocolate lovers and it will not disappoint! The massive factory gives daily tours that go for about 75 minutes and gives you spiel on the history and production of the famous chocolatier. The highlights of the tour include the amazing liquid chocolate waterfall (just like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!) and the chocolate you get to taste at the end!

If you need to fill in a day then look no further then the Otago Museum. This bright, modern and interactive attraction gives visitors a great look into the area's cultural and physical past and present, including geology and dinosaurs right through to the modern day! Also apart of the exhibit are an impressive waka taua (war canoe), and some beautiful and skilfully crafted pounamu (greenstone) works. The museum is one of the richest repositories of Maori knowledge on the South Island and the collection of wildlife (old and new) will fascinate you!

Larnach Castle is New Zealand's only castle and the centrepiece of this beautiful region. Taking 200 artisans three years to construct the outside of this building alone, it is evident how much effort went into this landmark. The views from the castle ground are alone worth seeing, with views of the entire peninsula from all angles. While the castle is currently used as a private residence, it is open to the public for tours.

You can't visit the Otago Peninsula without going to one of the regions most beautiful beaches. Venture out to see the dramatic cliffs and pillars of Tunnel Beach, ride the surf at St Clair or climb the rocks at tranquil Long Beach. The coast line of this South Island region is not to be missed.

Transport around City: Taxi's, buses, rental cars.

Recommended Restaurants: High Tide Waterfront Restaurant (Dunedin Central), Alibi Bar and Restaurant (Dunedin Central), Bell Pepper Blues (CBD), Mellinis Restaurant (CBD).

Recommended Bars: Tonic Bar (CBD), Dunedin Casion (CBD), Isis Cocktail Lounge (CBD), Pop Bar (CBD).

Recommended Hotels: Corstorphine House, Esplanade Apartments, Mecure Hotel.

Climate: Temperate with warm summers and cool frosty winters.

Culture: Known as the Edinburgh of the south, Dunedin has proud Scottish heritage which can be seen by the architecture.

Best time of year to travel: November through March.