The second-largest city on New Zealand’s South Island after Christchurch, Dunedin is situated on the Otago Peninsula at the foot of Otago Harbor. The region is known for its natural beauty and wildlife, especially the sea lions and penguins that make their homes nearby. Home to about 135,000 residents, Dunedin was home to a number of Maori people before settlers from Scotland settled the area in the mid-to-late 19th century. The Otago region is a popular destination for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore the natural beauty and wonders of New Zealand.
Flights to Dunedin, New Zealand, arrive at Dunedin International Airport (DUD), located about 13 miles west of the city. The airport handles a little over 1 million passengers each year. Direct flights to Dunedin are available from Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington, New Zealand, and from Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, Australia. Travelers who fly to Dunedin from other locations need to take a connecting flight from one of these cities.
Dunedin has a varied economy that includes tourism, manufacturing, and companies in the high-tech industry. Tourists who book tickets to Dunedin often come to the city to attend one of its annual music festivals, as the city is well known for its alternative, classical, and chorale music scenes. Dunedin is also a popular destination for people who are interested in Maori history. The city’s Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and the Tuhura Otago Museum detail the history of the area and its people, and it’s believed that the Maori people settled Dunedin around 1300 CE or earlier.
Due to the discovery of seals and penguins in the region, an influx of Europeans resulted in the early 1800s, particularly those who hunted seals for their fur. This eventually led to skirmishes with the Maori population, as well as future settlements of European immigrants, laying the foundation for what would become modern-day Dunedin.
Beyond exploring the Otago Peninsula, tourists who fly to Dunedin like to explore the tunnel beach walkway, which is a series of caves and cliffs. The cliffs were carved out by the ocean, but many of the “tunnel”-like caves were hand-carved by early pioneers and settlers. From the depths of the tunnels to the beautiful vantage points of the cliffs and arches, tourists will find plenty of opportunities for adventure and photographs.
Over 150 years old, another popular destination is the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. This marvel features 6,800 plant species, hundreds of animals and birds, Larnach Castle, and so much more.
Cheap flights to Dunedin are often booked by students who come to the city to study at the University of Otago. The oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Otago was founded in 1869 and has an enrollment of more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to the school’s main campus in Dunedin, the University of Otago also maintains satellite campuses in Wellington and Christchurch.
The University of Dunedin is known for a number of medical and technological discoveries and innovations. Early in the Internet age, some of the world’s first email servers were developed there, including Pegasus and Eudora. The school is also known for its contributions to the fields of plastic surgery and organ transplantation.