Dunedin & Otago Peninsula holiday highlights

Head down to the south-eastern coast to explore Dunedin, a city known for its Scottish and Maori heritage as well as its Victorian and Edwardian architecture. It’s a brilliant outdoorsy place to spend a couple of days; take a walk up (and up…) Dunedin’s Baldwin Street, one of the steepest residential streets in the world; visit the magnificent Larnach Castle nearby, with its breathtaking views and grounds; or enjoy a mix of dramatic landscapes at the adjoining Otago Peninsula.

The Otago Peninsula is on the southern side of Dunedin Harbour, and is known for its excellent walking trails and wildlife. Explore beaches and cliffs, and be on the lookout for albatrosses. Stop off at Victory Beach to see the Egyptian-looking rock formation known locally as ‘The Pyramids’, and head down to Allans Beach for the chance to see wildlife including rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and sea lions.

Dunedin & Otago Peninsula key facts

Time difference

GMT +12 hours (GMT +13 hours from the last week in March to the first week in October)

Currency

New Zealand Dollar (NZ$) comprising of 100 cents.

Flying time to destination

Christchurch: 24½ hours

Language

English. Maori is also spoken but is not widely used.

Passport & visas

Visas are not required for UK passport holders.

Voltage & electricity

230 volt AC. Three round pin plugs are used, therefore an adapter is required.

Dunedin & Otago Peninsula good to know

Tipping

Tipping is a matter of choice. For excellent service, a discretionary tip of 10% may be given.

History

The history of New Zealand dates back to approx. 1250 AD. It was discovered by Polynesians, who settled and developed a distinct Maori culture centred on kinship links and land. New Zealand is often referred to as the 'youngest country', as it was one of the last major landmasses to be inhabited, and has a fascinating mix of Maori and European heritage.