Dunedin in 2-3 days

DAY 1:

Breakfast at a cafe in Moray Place or the Octagon. From here it is an easy walk to First Church, Gallery de Novo and Cadbury World, for an early tour of the chocolate factory.

Meet your pre-booked charter cruise down at the wharf and enjoy the Harbour views with your fishing rod.

Have dinner at a high-end restaurant where your very own fish will be immaculately presented by one of Dunedin’s top chefs.

Day 2:

Start early with breakfast in town, before catching a double-decker bus tour.

You can hop off half way around for a tour of Olveston, Dunedin’s historic home. Afterwards, hop back on the bus to complete the tour of Dunedin’s architectural highlights.

Day 3:

Drive out to Matanaka Farm Buildings, to experience the rugged isolated lifestyle of early farming families.

After fish and chips for lunch in Waikouaiti, Otago’s oldest European settlement, head back into town via the Signal Hill Lookout. You will be awed by the mammoth bronze statues commemorating 100 years of British sovereignty.

Dunedin in one week

Start with the 2-3 day itinerary

Day 4:

A daylong Monarch Cruise will take you out to Taiaroa Heads. Your tour guide will describe the history, geography and local fauna.

For the more energetic, spend a morning on the Harbour in a sea kayak. You will get an unusual perspective of Dunedin’s headland and wildlife.

After exploring Portobello, you can meet up with your guide for a land-based experience of the same wildlife.

Day 5:

There are many art galleries in the CBD and Dunedin also boasts a ‘Jewellery Quarter’ where you can see unique handmade jewellery and often meet the artist who made it.

Dunedin’s renowned Fine Arts School has produced some amazing fashion designers. Many of these still have stores in the city.

With many theatres and live music venues in and around the city, you can dance the night away or watch world-class performances.

Day 6:

Drive out to Karitane and take a sea kayak tour, visiting the estuary, the river and the Matanaka Caves.

After lunch at Blueskin Bay Nursery on the way back to town, drive through Waitati and over the hill to Port Chalmers and try a rock climb in the Port Chalmers Quarry.

Day 7:

Have a day of beer sampling. Start with a lesson in home brewing at the Dunedin Malt House, before your pre-booked tours of the Green Man, Emerson, and Speights Breweries to fill in the gaps in your knowledge. If you finish the day at Speights, take the dinner/tour combo and dine at the Alehouse.