Historic and sophisticated, Dunedin is the quintessential university city of New Zealand. Modelled on Edinburgh in Scotland, it is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere and home to colonies of albatross, sea lions and rare yellow-eyed penguins.
As well as the lure of the spectacular coastal landscape, other attractions include the fairytale-like historic Dunedin Railway Station, and reputedly the world’s steepest street, Baldwin Street, which runs an annual (and literal) gut-buster race. The city’s main thoroughfare, George Street, runs north from central Octagon plaza, passing shopping precincts and the Gothic-style Knox Church. On the peninsula, Victorian Larnach Castle has 35 acres of gardens with panoramic views. Sandy St. Clair and St. Kilda are Pacific beaches known for surfing. St. Clair also has a cafe-lined esplanade and a heated saltwater swimming pool.
Dunedin in June (Winter):
The average maximum temperature lies around 10.0°C with the average minimum temperature (usually during the night) at 4.0°C. Be prepared as June can be the coldest month. The month’s average rainfall is 51mm, with water temperature of around 10.0°C. Visitors traveling to Dunedin in June should plan on bringing a waterproof rain jacket and warm clothes as it can be a bit chilly and rainy during this period.
Things to do:
Winter in Dunedin has a special beauty of its own, unveiling epic starlit nights, sweeping scenery, arts, fashion, food and heritage along with an abundance of rare wildlife just minutes from the city centre.
Check out some of the popular things you can do below or click here for more information:
Winter is the perfect time to explore some of Dunedin's gorgeous historic attractions. Indulge your Downton Abbey obsession with a visit to Dunedin's very own Olveston, a wonderfully preserved Victorian family home.
Or explore the lavish interiors and impressive gardens of Larnach Castle. Elsewhere in the city, you can't go a block without wandering past other fine examples of Dunedin's prosperous past.
Dunedin provides the perfect opportunity to view the clear skies of winter. Drive just ten minutes out of the central city to get out under the skies and to take in spectacular views. The Beverly Begg Observatory is open to the public every Sunday night with the expert guidance of the Dunedin Astronomical Society.
Make sure you take time to visit the Otago Peninsula. Described as the finest example of eco- tourism in the world where you can observe fur seals, sea lions, rare yellow-eyed penguins and the only mainland colony in the world of the Royal Albatross. Click here for more information or View a great map of tracks.
Dunedin Street Art Trail
Be blown away, on this free self guided tour, with Dunedin's brillinatly designed Street Art by local and international talented artists. The trail contains 30 + artworks to be found, and can be done in any order you please. We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes, the terrain is mostly city pavements. Bring wet weather gear if appropriate and of course your camera. More informatoin can be viewed here or alternatively, information about the map can be viewed here
Otago Peninsula is also home to New Zealand fur seals & sea lions, yellow-eyed penguins, and the only mainland royal albatross colony anywhere. Just 20km north of Dunedin visit the award winning Orokonui Ecosanctuary and its many species of native forest and wildlife. Click here to view the many wildlife sanctuaries Dunedin has for you.
Dining out in Dunedin
Explore Dunedin city’s rising reputation as a ‘foodie’ destination. Fantastic places can be found in all corners of the city. Check out chocolate-making, craft brewing and of course the ocean-facing city has high quality seafood specialists with the freshest Pacific fare.