New Zealand's Scottish city of Dunedin is located at the
south-east of New Zealand's South Island and is the major
settlement in Otago, a region renowned for its spectacular scenery,
and nowhere more so than on the beautiful Otago Peninsula. In 1848,
Scottish migrants established a town at the top of the peninsula at
the head of its long natural harbor, giving it the ancient name of
Edinburgh. Thirteen years later gold was discovered about 120
kilometres inland, in Central Otago, and the small settlement of
Dunedin became the center for the nation's wealth.
Soaring cathedral spires, a magnificent Flemish-style railroad
station, impressive banks and office blocks, a 19th century castle,
old university buildings and a neo-gothic convent are among the
city's architectural treasures. The Otago Peninsula is only a short
drive from the center of Dunedin and thanks to both the impressive
scenery and abundant wildlife (including both yellow-eyed penguin
and albatross colonies) is certainly well worth a visit.