Located on the southeast coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin is a unique port city that is certain to captivate your interests. Being a large university town, you can expect to discover a trendy atmosphere blended with Scottish culture and historic architecture. For example, Dunedin is filled with Victorian-style castles, museums, gardens, hiking trails, dramatic natural wonders, and native wildlife (such as albatross, penguin, sea lions, and seals). As Dunedin is situated on an island, there are also many scenic beaches (which make for some great photo opportunities). Plus, once you reach the city center from the cruise port, you’ll find that most attractions and sites are easily within walking distance. Don’t forget to check out the many local restaurants, coffee houses, and breweries, many of which feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Generally, a great time to visit Dunedin is between November and April.
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These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Dunedin, along with a brief description:
♦ Dunedin Railways
Dunedin Railways is one of the most popular attractions in Dunedin. Dating back to the early 1900s, this historic station once served approximately 100 trains on a daily basis and continues to boast an eclectic blend of architectural influences. The lobby also features beautiful mosaic designs. The station continues to operate scenic rail tours, which will take you through breathtaking gorges, countrysides, and coastlines as a guide shares their insights with you.
♦ Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
If you’re a history buff, you should not miss the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum (which is actually the oldest history museum in the country). When you visit this museum, you can discover all you ever wanted to know about the history of Dunedin and its surrounding region. Many of its galleries feature interactive exhibits around technology, culture, art, transportation, and other social topics from the times of early settlers until today. For those who are interested in researching local history and ancestry, there is also a research center where you can access record archives.
♦ Dunedin Botanic Gardens
Another one of the city’s most highly-rated attractions is the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or just looking for a great way to spend time outside, a visit to these breathtaking gardens is a great idea. Discover the pristine beauty of rose gardens, greenhouses, trees, herbs, duck ponds, and just about all the natural beauty you can handle! You can easily get lost spending an hour or two seeing everything. Don’t forget to bring your camera.
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