Ask Kiwis about Dunedin and chances are they’ll come up with students and Scottish to describe this southern city.
Visitors will certainly notice all that, but they’ll also enjoy quirky Baldwin St, top architecture and museums, plenty of bars, plus the exceptional wildlife-viewing out on the Otago Peninsula.
This is the home of Otago University - rumour has it that Dunedin’s population hits an extremely raucous 120,000 when school is in, but drops to a quiet 90,000 over the university summer holidays. A favorite pastime of couch-burning in the streets at parties around the university is now actively discouraged, but ‘students corner’ at the rugby stadium is still known as ‘the zoo’.
As a student town, there are cheap eats everywhere, so if you’re eating and drinking on a budget, there are plenty of options. Bars are lively and their are regular concerts and gigs around town. Check out the Dunedin Gig Guide.