To visit Dunedin is to experience a succession of pleasant surprises. From rare wildlife and a stunning coastline to neo-gothic architecture, contemporary arts, culture and education – it’s all found here in this lively little city. Dunedin extends around the arms of a sheltered harbour, the same stretch of waters the city’s Scottish founders first sailed up some 160 years ago, following the earlier settlement by the Maori who traded across the Tasman Sea from the port of Otago.
A city steeped in heritage, with warm, genuine people and a temperate climate, Dunedin delivers on its promise that visitors will experience a unique and authentic stay. Dunedin’s natural scenic beauty provides the perfect backdrop for a wide range of recreational activities including Larnach – New Zealand’s only castle, multiple gardens of significance, harbour cruises, sea kayaking, mountain biking and an award winning vintage rail trail.
Incredible wildlife can be found around the Otago Peninsula. Visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross or view one of the world’s rarest penguins, the Yellow-eyed, all in their natural habitat. Little blue penguins, native New Zealand fur seals and sea lions also make their home along the stunning coast.
The inner city itself is compact making for an easy stroll between conference venues, accommodation, museums, galleries, and theatres. Conference delegates will discover a remarkably intellectual, creative and stimulating city. Dunedin was recently named a UNESCO City of Literature, and also became the Southern Hemisphere’s most connected city with one gigabit per second (1Gbps) broadband service. Among the world renowned University of Otago, an innovative polytechnic and dynamic inventive technology sectors, Dunedin boasts a smart and engaged population.