Dunedin, built with the riches of the New Zealand gold rush, is a mix of Edwardian and Victorian architecture, history and modernism, scholarship and relaxation. Located at the mainland end of the Otago Peninsula in the Otago region of the South Island, this city draws heavily on its Scottish roots, earning itself the name "the Edinburgh of New Zealand," while also incorporating contemporary New Zealand culture. In 1847, a group of Scottish Presbyterians landed in the harbor with the intention of building a replica of Edinburgh, though they had not anticipated the steeply sloping hillsides of their new home. Undeterred, the Scottish settlers began building a city that, by the 1850s, was home to 12,000 immigrants, a number particularly amplified by the gold rush a decade later.
Along with beautiful beaches and rolling hills, the Otago Peninsula is known for its wildlife. The peninsula is home to the only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony in the world as well as breeding colonies for both Yellow-Eyed and Little Blue Penguins.
Because Dunedin is home to the University of Otago, a large portion of its population is made up of students. Unlike other cities that are home to universities, Dunedin is considered a city dedicated and deeply connected to the university. This has led to the creation of numerous restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues that cater specifically to the college-aged community.
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