This city was founded by Scottish settlers in 1848 at the head of the Otago
Harbour. It is built on a limited area of flat land, and housing has spread
over the hills and beyond. It had a sudden increase in wealth when gold was
discovered in Central Otago in 1861. This resulted in some fine buildings
being built in the city . Dunedin has kept its old buildings and many of
its Victorian and Edwardian houses and a walk around the city is of great
interest to anyone exploring the history of architecture.
Dunedin - Railway Station [ A Landmark ] - Credit- Peter Hunt
Dunedin is a university city and the fine buildings of the University of
Otago are close to the city centre
Close to the university is the Otago Museum. well worth a visit. A short
distance further north the Dunedin Botanic Gardens spead over the hillside
and s particular attraction in the spring is the rhododendron dell.
On the Otago Peninsula a mansion in the style of a Scottish baronial castle
was built in 1871 by William Larnach and the present owners open it to the
The albatross colony at Taiaroa Head is across the water from Dunedin's
port at Port Chamlmers. It is possible to book to visit the colony except
at breeding times or when there are no birds to be seen.
Of course the city has a range of good accommodation and restaurants, fine
swimming baths, sports grounds and pleasant walks, especially in the Town
Belt - a green area half way up the hills behind the inner city.
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