Dunedin's architecture and planning reflects its strong Scottish heritage, but this university town has a distinctly youthful vibe due to its large student population.
The city streets are named after those in Edinburgh, on which Dunedin was closely modelled after Scottish immigrants began to settle there in the mid-1800s. These days the many imposing Victorian and Edwardian buildings house a surprising range of designer stores, boutique bars, cafes and stylish galleries. Wandering the well established botanic gardens can easily while away a day, or head out to beautiful St Clair or St Kilda beaches for a swim, a surf or gourmet take-away on the beach.
Dunedin’s hilly aspect offers plenty of scenic sightseeing opportunities, and a leisurely drive around the bays along Otago Peninsula is spectacular at any time of year.