Dunedin is the second-largest New Zealand city by territorial area located in the central-eastern coast of Otago region in the South Island of New Zealand. The city has beautiful nature and landscapes especially nearing its coastal area. Dunedin also has a diverse community and one of the four major cities in the country for historical, cultural and geographical importance. The city's literature heritage has designated it as UNESCO City of Literature in the year 2014.
Dunedin Airport is one of the two international airports located in the Otago region. This airport serves Dunedin city as well as the Otago region and the South Island in general. Currently, four airlines are operating at Dunedin Airport which are Air New Zealand, Air New Zealand Link, Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia. These airlines fly to Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Brisbane. Dunedin Airport is also home base for Mainland Air which offers scenic, charter and ambulance flights. For your convenience, there are many facilities, including shops and restaurants located within the airport terminal. Dunedin Airport is only 22 kilometres away from the city centre. To reach the city centre, passengers can take taxis, shuttles or hire a car at the airport terminal.
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Dunedin has an oceanic climate. Due to its geographical location, Dunedin’s weather varies according to the specific locations and making the city experiences microclimates. The summer days are mild, with an average temperature of 15 degrees centigrade. In winter, the weather is cool and frosty. Significant snowfall usually happens once in a couple of years. Dunedin is also generally cloudy, although rainfall is relatively low and evenly distributed compared to other cities in New Zealand.
Dunedin has an interesting arts culture and its literacy heritage was recognized through its designation of UNESCO Creative City of Literature. Various annual arts events are held in the city including Dunedin Fringe in March, Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival in May, the biannual Arts Festival Dunedin in October and New Zealand International Film Festival in August. Dunedin also celebrates the city’s historical heritage in Dunedin Town & Gown Heritage every September. The city also hosts the annual two-week Puaka Matariki Festival from the end of June to early July to celebrate the New Year celebration of the Maori people. Also held in June is the Midwinter Carnival to celebrate the Winter Solstice. If any of these events spark your interest, do not miss out and make your bookings to Dunedin right away.
Dunedin is one of the most visited cities in New Zealand. Many attractions can be found in Dunedin.
Larnach Castle – Larnach Castle is one of the most popular attractions among tourists in Dunedin and New Zealand. It is known as the only castle in the country, the construction of the castle was completed in the year 1874 as the private residence of a prominent politician and entrepreneur. Later in the year 1967, the castle is privately owned by the Barker family who converted the castle to be a tourist attraction. The uniqueness of the castle is that it was built with various local and imported materials such as the Glasgow brick, Oamaru stone, Italian marbles, North Island Kauri sandstone and glasses from Venice. The New Zealand government has designated Larnach Castle as the Garden of International Significance.
Taiaora Head – Taiaora Head offers amazing scenery to its visitors. It is a headland which overlooks the mouth of Otago Harbour. One of the significant structure at Taiaora Head is the lighthouse which was built over 150 years ago. Taiaora Head is also the habitat to the colony of northern royal albatrosses, penguins, dolphins, orcas and large migratory whales.
Taieri Gorge Railway – Taieri Gorge Railway, recently rebranded as the Dunedin Railways will take you one a journey of a lifetime. The railway has been operating since the year 1979, offering rides on classic train carriages along the Taieri Gorge. The train takes the passengers to stunning views of the gorge landscapes, through ten tunnels and across bridges along its track. The train also travels across the second-largest wrought iron structure, the Wingatui Viaduct.