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  • Anne A
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates8 contributions
    Such an easy and beautiful drive with stunning scenery. And I got to see Seal Lions lazing on the beach. AMAZING
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand6,458 contributions
    Beautiful building which unfortunately is currently all wrapped as it’s under going restoration. Even so the architecture you can see is wonderful. The interior is also well worth visiting as it’s a work of art.
    Also there is what I would say, one of the best art galleries upstairs which has a fantastic array of local artists on display and is free to look around and you can buy a masterpiece to go home with.
    Written 16 June 2022
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  • Janette K
    96 contributions
    I have been to a few museums in my time but this one has blown me away. Authentic and appropriate for our times this museum celebrates the resilience of all settlers to this windswept challenging part of the world. The stories of Maori settlement and early Europeans looking for fortunes and freedom are beautifully woven together to embrace true manaakitanga. I loved the ride on the penny farthing bike too! Just saying!
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Naomi T
    Dunedin, New Zealand3 contributions
    Beautiful smooth track descending down to the point. Note: not for the weak heart on the way up lol Take your time just strolling both ways along the track, take in the views! THEY'RE AMAZING!!
    Getting to walk through the tunnel down onto the private beach amoung some massive boulders was worth my dying thighs & lungs (be sure to be aware of tides if going down to the beach) lol even more so if you have read the history behind it :)
    Take caution if you go on a slightly windier day, wear comfy foot/grippy footwear & spray jacket if you plan to go near the edge because the waves send buckets of sea spray up & over if the winds heading the right direction.
    All in all, Stunning place to visit if ever in the Dunedin area!
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • kinx81
    Hamilton, New Zealand799 contributions
    Very impressed on all the free galleries but do pay the extra to get access to the science centre and planetarium! Two adults cost $30 and we were entertained for over two hours looking at the exhibits. Went right at opening on Sunday and had the science centre practically to ourselves - for about 20 min, which meant we could ride the three storey slide with no kids around lol!

    Butterfly exhibit was so cool. We were there for the release of the newly hatched butterflies and got to hold one and take pics. Very humid in there but there are cubby holes outside to hold your jackets.

    The planetarium show at 10:30 was a brief 15 min showcase of whatever people in the audience wanted to see. (Jupiter, Milky Way, Saturn…) very cool

    The animal attic was quite interesting and loved the weird and wonderful artwork.

    Great gift shop.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • BevTonyAuckland
    Auckland, New Zealand116 contributions
    We enjoyed the walk around the well set out gardens. The area appears to be larger due to the well set out planting areas.
    A most worthwhile relaxing visit
    Written 9 March 2022
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  • Stewarts Vacation
    472 contributions
    The locals sneered at our enthusiasm to visit Baldwin Street, stating that there are many steep streets in Dunedin. But there is something significant about walking up THE steepest street in the WORLD. Although it lost its title in 2019 to a challenger in North Wales, it regained its status from the Guinness Book of Records in April 2020. Steep it is and definitely worth a visit! We were the only 2 people there at the time and enjoyed meandering to the top where there is a mural, water drinking fountain and bench (in desperate need of repainting).
    Written 1 January 2022
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  • Stewarts Vacation
    472 contributions
    If you are wanting panoramic views of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula, drive to the top of Signal Hill. There is parking at the top and an extensive lookout area. There is a large monument with 2 bronze statues commemorating the NZ Centennial.
    Written 1 January 2022
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  • Sus1952
    Palmerston North, New Zealand2,047 contributions
    This is such a beautiful beach and we were very fortunate to see a number of sea lions sheltering in the sand.It was a sunny but extremely windy day when we visited. This made the waves 'dance' in a most interesting way. It is a bit of a scramble to access the beech but is well worth it. Definitely a 'must-see'.
    Written 1 March 2022
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  • Donovan
    Marina Bay, Singapore24 contributions
    Loved the variety of craft food & drink! Great fast food as well - plant based!! Great place for breakfast. Loved the live music
    Written 29 May 2021
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  • Janette K
    96 contributions
    Walked out and watched the sea lions finding their lunch. Enjoyed the vistas over to Taiaroa Head where we had seen the albatross colony day before. Well worth the drive out from Dunedin
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Naomi T
    Dunedin, New Zealand3 contributions
    Beautiful walk along the water front with stairwell access points down to the watwrs edge when the tide is right.
    Views are amazing and they go on for miles.
    Plenty of cafes, restaurants, coffee stops along the way.
    There is a really cool rock pool at the top end (small charge to enter I think)
    Great strolling spot to unwind at the end of the day or meet up with famiky and friends for lunch.
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • Anthony G
    Wellington, New Zealand1,142 contributions
    The octagon is a very teal marker for anyone in Dunedin. Plenty of shopping, bars and cafes spin off this marker so I’m sure at some point you’ll come across this area in town.
    Written 24 January 2022
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  • Helen G
    Tauranga, New Zealand126 contributions
    As a walk this is pleasant, but a word of caution, this should only be done by the sure footed.
    The track in is dirt and stone and has some steep parts, so even with a little precipitation this track is quite slippery: wear good shoes.
    Secondly, the very last section to the organ pipes is a steep climb over stones and rocks: not for the faint hearted or kids.
    Parking is very limited at the start too, maybe for 4-6 cars only, depending on how they are parked!
    Written 7 January 2021
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  • Sus1952
    Palmerston North, New Zealand2,047 contributions
    The University of Otago does have some spectacular buildings which are well worth walking around, especially on a sunny day. It is amazing how many buildings were constructed at the same time of stone.
    Written 1 March 2022
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