CWC 2015: Dunedin First Few Highlights

With its rich Scottish heritage, historic architecture, vast coastline and large University population - Dunedin is a city like no other in New Zealand with plenty of off-pitch action to offer.

Dunedin will host three matches during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. 

An age of elegance

Identified as one of New Zealand’s most majestic and photographed heritage buildings, the Dunedin Railway Station has astonished visitors for over 100 years.

With its stunning exterior as well as the exquisite interior stained glass windows and mosaic floor tiles by Royal Doulton, the station is a must see for any visitor to Dunedin. The station also plays host to thousands of visitors every Saturday morning for the Otago Farmers Market.

Dunedin Railway Station

A step back in time

Discover New Zealand’s only castle with its tragic and romantic history. Located on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle was built in 1871 by William Larnach, businessman and politician, for his beloved first wife Eliza.

Take a tour of the now privately owned castle that is full of antiques and curiosities. From the top of the tower enjoy a magnificent photo opportunity of the stunning Otago Harbour. Stroll through 35 acres of a garden of International Significance with an Alice in Wonderland statue theme and enjoy High Tea in the ballroom.

Dunedin's Larnach Castle

Explore nature’s best

Explore Dunedin’s Botanic Garden, the impressive mature trees and glorious blooms in New Zealand’s oldest public gardens, were first planted in 1863. Enjoy feeding the ducks, spot the cheeky kakas and visit magnificent atriums.

The lower level features an Edwardian glass house, a rose garden and Japanese garden as well as a delightful café to refuel and take in the stunning views. Several pathways lead to the upper level where there are aviaries, Australian and New Zealand gardens plus a renowned rhododendron dell.

Dunedin’s Botanic Garden

Tall timber and more

The Orokonui Ecosancturary is a New Zealand forest wildlife experience. New Zealand's native flora and fauna thrive in this fantastic ecosanctuary which features an architecturally renowned, award-winning visitor centre.

Orokonui is home to New Zealand’s tallest tree and offers a variety of tours that will take you through different types of native forest. Come and see some of New Zealand's rarest birds, reptiles and plants in the largest protected forest in the South Island.

Orokonui Ecosancturary

Take a ride

Take the historic Taieri Gorge Train journey, one of the world’s great train trips. Sit back and relax as your train negotiates this exhilarating narrow river gorge and cliff hugging tunnels and viaducts soaring above the river.

Take a photo on the open air platforms or wait until the train stops for a scenic photo opportunity. With a live commentary, friendly well informed staff, sightseeing stops, modern and traditional carriages and a fully licensed snack bar this is an all- weather experience not to be missed.

Taieri Gorge Train

Wildlife adventures

MV Monarch is a classic motor vessel offering unrivalled viewing of a diverse array of wildlife during one hour cruises around Taiaroa Head. See what cannot be seen from land.

The Northern Royal and other Albatross species, up to 20 species of marine and ocean birds, a breeding colony of fur seals and other mammals. Experienced guides, information sheets, jackets, binoculars and refreshments all enhance passenger experience.


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