Dunedin, in the Otago region of New Zealand, is considered one of four major historic cities. Originally settled by Scottish settlers, Dunedin (Gaelic for “Edinburgh”) still retains a strong and proud Scottish heritage.
As New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin is famous for its stylish Victorian and Edwardian architecture and is home to Larnach Castle and Olveston historic home. Designated a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Creative City of Literature, Dunedin is an academically rich city with a large and thriving student population.
Endless dramatic views and beautifully rugged beaches are found at the nearby Otago Peninsula. Further east along the peninsula at Taiaroa Head is the Royal Albatross Centre, the only place in the world for viewing the Northern Royal Albatross in its natural habitat. The peninsula is also home to some of the world’s rarest penguin colonies.
Dunedin is home to New Zealand’s only covered stadium, an important venue for this southern region. This region is home to Football South Football Federation, as well as the National Women’s League and men’s national league club Southern United.