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Dunedin

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Baldwin Street

Baldwin Street in the suburb of North East Valley, 3.5km northeast of the city centre, is recorded as the steepest street in the world with a maximum gradient of 1m in 2.86m, although the steepest gradient applies only to a small portion of the street.

Baldwin Street, North East Valley

Cadbury World

Chocoholics will love the tours of Dunedin’s Cadbury chocolate factory where 85% of New Zealand’s chocolate is made. The 1¼-hour tour includes a visit to the factory as well as the Cadbury World Visitors’ Centre and there are several tasting opportunities. The full factory tour only operates on weekdays, which is why it is cheaper to visit on weekends.

280 Cumberland Street, Dunedin
Tel (03) 467 7967 or 0800 CADBURY (0800 223 287)
Website www.cadburyworld.co.nz
Admission Mon-Fri $16, Sat-Sun $10
Open 9am-3.15pm daily

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

This large art museum is home to a collection of New Zealand and international art with a notable collection of European art and Japanese prints. An programme of changing exhibits complements the permanent collection.

30 The Octagon, Dunedin
Tel (03) 474 3240
Website http://dunedin.art.museum/
Admission free
Open 10am-5pm daily

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame

This sporting museum celebrates the achievements of New Zealand’s sporting­ heroes and features photographs and memorabilia including sporting equipment.

Anzac Avenue, Dunedin
Tel (03) 477 7775
Website www.nzhalloffame.co.nz
Admission $5
Open 10am-4pm daily

Olveston

This opulent 35-room mansion is home to an astounding array of treasures from around the world that were collected during the extensive travels of its former owners. A visit includes a one-hour guided tour of the property.

42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin
Tel (03) 477 3320
Website www.olveston.co.nz
Admission $15 ($14 BBH, HI/YHA)
Open 9.30am-5pm daily; tours 9.30am, 10.45am, noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4pm daily

Otago Museum

The excellent Otago Museum features well presented displays in three major categories: culture, science and natural history. The cultural displays include Maori and Pacific Island artefacts plus a maritime gallery and archaeological treasures from around the world. The natural history section features an animal attic with a huge collection of specimens plus unique displays about extinct birds such as the laughing owl and the massive moa. Discovery World, as the science area is known, has lots of hands-on exhibits such as a water wheel and an indoor waterfall.

419 Great King Street, Dunedin
Tel (03) 474 7474
Website www.otagomuseum.govt.nz
Admission free
Open 10am-5pm daily

Otago Settlers Museum

This museum focuses on the people of Otago, with an emphasis on its early settlers. There are displays on Maori life, the import and role of Chinese immigrants during the gold rush and more recent European migrants that have made Otago their home. The museum also features a transport gallery with an old Cobb & Co stagecoach­ and a collection of old cars, bicycles and steam trains.

31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
Tel (03) 477 5052
Website www.otago.settlers.museum
Admission $4
Open 10am-5pm daily

Speight’s Brewery

By the time you get to Dunedin you will probably be very familiar with Speight’s and the Speight’s brewery tour is one of the most popular attractions in the city. The 1½-hour tour takes you through the working brewery and adjoining heritage centre and finishes off with beer tasting.

200 Rattray Street, Dunedin
Tel (03) 477 7697
Website www.speights.co.nz
Admission $17
Tours Mon-Thu 10am, noon, 2pm, 7pm, Fri-Sun 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm

 


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