The city of Dunedin was built with the riches of the gold rush, and consequently has one of the best collections of Edwardian and Victorian architecture in the southern hemisphere. Gothic church spires, ornate mansions, swathes of native forest and magnificent views of the harbour make Dunedin very memorable. It is also the first and only city in New Zealand to be named a UNESCO Creative City of Literature - home to some of New Zealand’s most celebrated writers, including Janet Frame and poets Charles Brasch and Thomas Bracken - the author of the New Zealand national anthem.
Around the city you can visit historic homes, dip into the chocolate factory and browse the excellent museums. The resident student population keeps Dunedin lively.
Flanking the southern edge of Dunedin's extensive harbour, Otago Peninsula is high and rugged on the ocean side; warm and sheltered on the harbour side. Volcanic in origin, the peninsula is part of the crater wall of a large, long-extinct volcano.
As a scenic drive, Otago Peninsula is spectacular. Beginning at Vauxhall, you can follow the coastal road past small settlements and beaches to Taiaroa Head, where there's an albatross colony. Other attractions near Taiaroa Head include the fur seals at Pilots Beach and sea lions on Te Rauone Beach.
The southern side of Otago Peninsula is high and rugged. Walking tracks lead to cliff lookouts, beaches, penguin-nesting areas and seal colonies. At Victory Beach there's an Egyptian-looking rock formation known locally as 'The Pyramids'; at Allans Beach you might see yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and sea lions.
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