11 Sights in Dunedin, New Zealand (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Dunedin, New Zealand. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 11 sights are available in Dunedin, New Zealand.

1. Cargill's Castle

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Cargill's Castle

The ruins of Cargill's Castle stand on a promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean in New Zealand's southern city of Dunedin. It is one of about ten castles in New Zealand, the other one in Otago being nearby Larnach Castle. More a castle in name than in fact, this Italianate mansion was built for Edward Cargill, eighth child of city founder William Cargill, in the late 19th century, who called it The Cliffs. Designed by the young architect Francis Petre, and built in concrete by Harry Lyders at a cost of £14,000, it was completed in 1877. Several kilometres south of the castle is Tunnel Beach, so named because this quiet beach is only accessible through a steeply sloping tunnel cut into the 60 metres (200 ft) high cliffs by the Cargill family. It is also very likely that Petre was the supervisor of the construction of the tunnel. While designing the house, Petre fell in love with Cargill's daughter Margaret. After a difficult courtship the couple were eventually permitted to marry, the wedding taking place in the villa's principal salon on 1 March 1881.

Wikipedia: Cargill's Castle (EN)

2. Olveston Historic Home

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Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home is a substantial house and museum in an inner suburb of Dunedin, New Zealand. The house was designed by Ernest George in the Jacobean style in the early 20th century for the Theomin family. When Dorothy Theomin died in 1966, the house, garden and contents were gifted to the city, and are now open to the public. The house is decorated and furnished much as it was when the family lived there, creating a snapshot of upperclass colonial Edwardian life. The Theomins were avid collectors and their art, furniture, weapons and decorative items can be seen throughout the house.

Wikipedia: Olveston (house) (EN)

3. Larnach Castle

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Larnach Castle is a mock castle on the ridge of the Otago Peninsula within the limits of the city of Dunedin, New Zealand, close to the small settlement of Pukehiki. It is one of a few houses of this scale in New Zealand. The house was built by the prominent entrepreneur and politician, William Larnach. Since 1967, the castle has been privately owned by the Barker family, and opened as a tourist attraction, as "New Zealand's only castle".

Wikipedia: Larnach Castle (EN)

4. Holy Trinity - Port Chalmers

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Holy Trinity - Port Chalmers

Holy Trinity Church is an heritage-listed Anglican church located in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand. Completed in 1874, the Academic Gothic Revival church building is constructed in volcanic stone and has some fine stained glass, and is listed as a Category I Historic Place by Heritage New Zealand. Together with St Barnabas Church, Warrington, Holy Trinity Church is part of the Port Chalmers-Warrington Parish of the Diocese of Dunedin.

Wikipedia: Holy Trinity Church, Port Chalmers (EN), Website

5. Turnstile Building of former Carisbrook Stadium

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Turnstile Building of former Carisbrook Stadium Original uploader was Grutness at en.wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

Carisbrook was a major sporting venue in Dunedin, New Zealand. The city's main domestic and international rugby union venue, it was also used for other sports such as cricket, football, rugby league and motocross. In 1922, Carisbrook hosted the very first international football match between Australia and New Zealand. The hosts won 3-1.

Wikipedia: Carisbrook (EN), Website

6. St Matthew's, Dunedin

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St Matthew's, Dunedin

St Matthew's Church is an inner-city Anglican church, located on the City Rise in Dunedin, New Zealand. Designed by William Mason, the foundation stone was laid on 11 July 1873 and the building was consecrated on 3 December 1874. It cost NZ£4,874 to construct which wasn't paid off until 1901. It comfortably seated 750 people.

Wikipedia: St. Matthew's Church, Dunedin (EN), Website

7. Dunedin Botanic Garden

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The Dunedin Botanic Garden is located at the northern end of central Dunedin, in the South Island of New Zealand. The garden is close to the University of Otago and one of the city's most historic cemeteries, the Northern Cemetery, on a spur of Signal Hill and on the river plain immediately below it.

Wikipedia: Dunedin Botanic Garden (EN)

8. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

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The Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a regional history museum in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its brief covers the territory of the old Otago Province, that is, New Zealand from the Waitaki River south, though its main focus is the city of Dunedin. It is New Zealand's oldest history museum.

Wikipedia: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (EN), Website

9. Orokonui Ecosanctuary

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary, called Te Korowai o Mihiwaka in Māori, is an ecological island wildlife reserve developed by the Otago Natural History Trust in the Orokonui Valley between Waitati and Pūrākaunui, New Zealand, 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the north of central Dunedin.

Wikipedia: Orokonui Ecosanctuary (EN), Website

10. Dunedin Jewish Congregation

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The Dunedin Synagogue is a historic synagogue in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is reputedly the world's southernmost permanent synagogue, although a further synagogue operated briefly in King Edward Street, South Dunedin from late 2017 until 2019.

Wikipedia: Dunedin Synagogue (EN)

11. Regent Theatre Dunedin

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Regent Theatre Dunedin Ulrich Lange, Dunedin, new Zealand / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Regent Theatre is a theatre in Dunedin, New Zealand with a seating capacity of about 1,650. It is in The Octagon, the city's central plaza, directly opposite the Municipal Chambers and close to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Wikipedia: Regent Theatre, Dunedin (EN), Website


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