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Things to Do

Dunedin City

Historic Dunedin Architecture
Check out a small selection of the glorious and historical architecture that exists in Dunedin. It's a visual feast!

Olveston Jacobean Mansion
A very fine example of the outstanding architecture Dunedin has to offer. Olveston provides an intimate glimpse of the lifestyle of a privileged family in the early 1900's. It reflects a lifestyle enjoyed by just a few, but represents a most important piece in the mosaic of early New Zealand life as a whole.

Otago Settlers Museum
The Otago Settlers Museum was established in 1898, the 50th anniversary of the founding of Dunedin City and the Otago province. It continues to flourish as one of New Zealand's most significant social history museums. Originally created to tell the story of the early British settlers in Otago, the Museum now celebrates all the peoples of Otago including indigenous Maori, the Chinese who came initially to work the goldfields in the 19th century and succssive waves of migrant groups including those from Lebanon, Poland, Holland, the Pacific Islands and many parts of Asia.

Extensive collections including portraits, documents, 19th century artworks, costume, domestic technology and transport are used to paint a lively picture of Dunedin City and provincial life through the ages and right up to the present.
Experience 'Across the Ocean Waves' - an interactive exhibition for the whole family
Admire 'Josephine' - New Zealand's oldest surviving locomotive
View close to 1,000 photographic portraits of settlers and their descendants in the Smith Gallery

Taieri Gorge Railway
Taieri Gorge Railway is an award-winning train service which consistently achieves the 'highest satisfaction' rating of all Dunedin's attractions. It takes passengers from the hustle of Dunedin's city centre to the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago, and back. It's the perfect all-weather activity.
Travel in the comfort of an award-winning train service as you experience an amazing variety of landscapes of the city, farmland, forests, and the wild Taieri River Gorge.
Cross magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts and bridges and gasp at the sheer drops to the river below.
Plunge into a series of tunnels with the schist rock walls only inches from the side of the train.
Disembark at points of interest to take photographs (weather, time and operational conditions permitting).

Speight's Brewery
Speight's Brewery was founded in 1876 and still occupies its original Dunedin site with several of the buildings dating back to the late 1800s. The tour is an award-winning, informative and interactive tour through a working brewery and heritage centre.
Fully guided tour takes about 90 minutes
You'll see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that go into making Speight's beers
Discover how Speight's became a legend in the south
Learn the history of beer making, the brewing process and how to make traditional wooden beer casks
No tour of Speight's Brewery would be complete without sampling the product (for those over 18 years old). Enjoy an appreciation session of six Speight's beers

Cadbury Chocolate Factory
It's not Willy Wonka's but see a real chocolate factory in operation!
See the chocolate waterfall housed in a five storey high silo
Sample Cadbury chocolate along the way
Learn about the history of Cadbury and chocolate through the ages