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Tiny Travel Story: New Zealand

What's Dunedin Like?

Located between rolling green hills and a picturesque harbor, Dunedin is a city of culture, history, and scholarship. Built by Scottish settlers in the middle of the 19th century, the city retains many buildings from the early decades of its existence, providing beautiful examples of Edwardian and Victorian architecture. The city values its European roots, as seen in the statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns in the Octagon at the city center, the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and their city rugby team, the Highlanders.

Alongside opportunities to explore the city's history, Dunedin offers visitors the chance to enjoy the natural side of New Zealand. A short drive down the Otago Peninsula you can find Little Blue Penguins, Yellow-eyed Penguins, sea lions, fur seals, a Royal Albatross breeding colony, and the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre and Portobello Marine Laboratory. The peninsula also has many walking, hiking, and mountain biking trails, as well as numerous sandy beaches.

Region and Population

Dunedin is the second largest city on the South Island with 123,000 inhabitants, 25,000 of which are students. It is the largest city in the Otago region.


Due to its geographical layout across several hills at the head of the harbor, the various parts of Dunedin can experience different weather patterns all at the same time. In general, the climate is temperate, with mild summers and cool winters. During the winter months of June, July, and August, temperatures stay around 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7.5 degrees Celsius). In summer, which falls in December, January, and February, temperatures rise to around 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius).
Avg. Rainfall2.872.6692.522.0042.5472.282.2482.1931.9022.4292.223.157

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