Take a journey to where the wild things are
Dunedin is beckoning travellers to experience a winter more intriguing this year and discover the many natural and urban wonders of this beautiful and quirky southern city. The Where the Wild Things Are promotional campaign highlights an exciting calendar of events that celebrate Dunedin’s unique character as well as fantastic special offers on local attractions and accommodation, for an even more compelling reason to visit.
“The autumn and winter have a special beauty of their own, unveiling epic starlit nights and an abundance of rare wildlife just minutes from the city centre,” said John Christie, Director of Enterprise Dunedin.
“The season also welcomes a colourful and vibrant season of events for the whole family featuring wild and fascinating festivals, fashion shows, international sports action and the renowned Jaffa Race down the world’s steepest street.”
The seasonal calendar of events includes:
April 13-15: Rally of Otago
April 20-25: Wild Dunedin Festival of Nature
May 1-6: iD Dunedin Fashion Week
June 30: Mid-Winter Carnival
June 17-23: Puaka Matariki Festival
July 6-15: New Zealand International Science Festival
July 20: Cadbury Jaffa Race
June 23: All Blacks vs Franc
A city with poet’s soul, it’s easy to wax lyrical whilst soaking up the urban vibe, where cool cafes and eateries are in abundance, not to be outdone by the thriving gallery and boutique shopping scene, where you’ll find locally-created treasures from artisan jewellery to fine art, all within 20 minutes’ walk.
Check out the lovely Edwardian and Victorian edifices or fine examples of Gothic Revival. Visit the Olveston Historic Home for a dose of Downton Abbey style nostalgia or perhaps take in the scenery by vintage train on the Taieri Gorge Railway excursion. After all that sightseeing, stop in at Emerson’s Brewery for a tour and tasting of delicious locally brewed craft beer.
The crisp days are ideal for exploring the many hidden coves, wild beaches and quaint harbourside hamlets of the Otago Peninsula, which is not only home to Larnach Castle but also Yellow-Eyed and Little Blue Penguins, Hooker Sea Lions, Royal Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals.
A harbour cruise aboard the Monarch will allow for close encounters of the wild kind with expert commentary on the array of species that reside locally. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the cycling and walking trails that weave around the surrounding hills and bays, offering skyline vistas interspersed with native bush and rugged coast.
A quick flight direct from Brisbane or easy transfer from other New Zealand airports, Dunedin is an excellent starting point for any South Island journey. The city marks the start of the Southern Scenic Route which wends its way down through the bush-clad Catlins and green expanse of Southland before heading for Fiordland and Queenstown. Snow-seekers can also drive from sea to ski in three and half hours, with plenty of charming little towns and attractions to explore along the way.
Explore Dunedin’s exceptional events and extraordinary wild encounters this winter and experience a fascinating city full of wildlife, sweeping scenery, arts fashion, food and heritage. Join in the fun and find out more at www.DunedinNZ.com/WildThings