Unexpected Attractions in Dunedin

Dunedin is home to many of New Zealand’s signature attractions.

However, looking at these places, you’ll never guess that they’re actually located in Dunedin.

Unexpected Dunedin New Zealand Top Attractions

1. This Castle atop a snowy Mountain, complete with a tower and its own private gardens is the type that would be found in the middle of Bohemia….

Dunedin New Zealand Top Attractions: Larnach Castle
Larnach Castle

But it isn’t! This is Larnach Castle, found in Dunedin, New Zealand. This amazing Castle is the country’s one and only castle, built in 1871 by William Larnach, for his wife Eliza. The castle took a staggering 15 years to complete using the finest materials from around the world. Larnach Castle is open to the public for day tours or you can stay at the Castle’s Lodge overnight to extend your visit.

2. Oh this building! It’s Scotland Yard right?

Dunedin New Zealand Top Attractions: Old Dunedin Prison: Photo uglybob nz / CC 2.0
Old Dunedin Prison: Photo uglybob nz / CC 2.0

Wrong. This is actually Dunedin Prison, in Dunedin New Zealand! The building was built in the 1880’s and was modeled from the famous Scotland Yard back in England by successfully emulating the red brick and white stripe vasard. The prison is open to the public to tour and provides an historical insight into what it was like being a prisoner in the late 1800’s.

3. This lovely garden and grand manor house would appear to be right at home in the English countryside…

Dunedin New Zealand Top Attractions: Olveston House
Olveston House

But it isn’t. Olveston Historical Home, located in Dunedin, New Zealand, is a must visit if you are heading to New Zealand. The House, built in 1904, is a time capsule that was donated to the city of Dunedin, and is now open for the public to visit and step back in time to explore the past.

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