Dunedin – ideas for free time

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If you are interested in the architecture of Dunedin then start with a visit to the railway station, an impressive baroque style building that is one of the most iconic spots in the city. From here it’s a short walk to the Octagon where you will find St Paul’s Cathedral and the Public Art Gallery along with several bars and restaurants. The suburb of St Clair sits alongside a lovely stretch of golden sand and is a good place to stretch your legs or to soak up the surfside atmosphere in one of the cafes.

East of the city the Otago Peninsula stretches east and you can get to the furthest point – Taiaroa Head – either via the road that wiggles its way alongside the harbour or the road that wiggles its way over the hills of the peninsula; both options offer good scenery. Once there the Royal Albatross Centre is well worth a visit, with informative information displays about the albatross and other wildlife of the peninsula and the human and environmental factors threatening their population. There is also a gannet colony on the rocks here and Pilot’s Beach, where you can see Blue Penguins coming in from the ocean at dusk (pre-booking required).

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