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What to see and do in Dunedin

Visitors to Dunedin will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding exciting and entertaining activities for the entire family. No matter what form of entertainment you are looking for the friendly staff at Alhambra Oaks will be happy to point you in the right direction.

For those wanting an active holiday Dunedin boasts the best surf beaches in New Zealand, has a choice of picturesque golf courses, mountain bike tracks and world-class scenic walks that criss-cross the Otago Peninsular.

Dunedin has a spectacular coastline and is perfect for a variety of water sports, including wind surfing, yachting, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and fishing. 

Visitors can take a guided tour to see yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, rare Hooker’s sea lions and the world’s only mainland Royal Albatross colony. For those wanting more sedate activities there’s the Cadbury chocolate factory tour.

The world’s steepest street, Baldwin Street, is also located in Dunedin.

Just a 20-minute walk from Alhambra Oaks is Dunedin’s new multi-purpose covered stadium, Forsyth Barr Stadium, home to the Otago Highlanders Super rugby franchise, and the site of many international music concerts. 

The lively central city has an abundance of restaurants and sidewalk cafes, exciting stores, fashion boutiques, art galleries, auction houses. Close to Alhambra Oaks is the Meridian Mall, a multi-level magnet for shoppers.

Internationally acclaimed fashion designers, including Nom*D, Tanya Carlson,  Akimbo, Ivy and Toni Darling are based in Dunedin and each year Dunedin hosts a major fashion week each March. 

Dunedin’s art gallery houses works by significant NZ artists, including Ralph Hotere and Frances Hodgkins. The Otago Museum is one of NZ’s finest and includes an impressive collection on Dunedin’s history. The NZ Sports Hall of Fame, celebrating NZ’s sporting achievements is also located in Dunedin.

As one of New Zealand’s oldest cities Dunedin has a wealth of heritage, with the elegant Larnach Castle and Olverston House, and many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, making walking around Dunedin a delight. 

Visitors can also relax in the numerous public gardens, including the Dunedin Botanic Garden and Larnach Castle Garden.