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Facts about Dunedin with location information
Dunedin's dramatic hills surround a long, natural harbour, first attracted Maori settlers. Centuries later, the area was settled by whalers, gold miners and migrants from Scotland and China. Memorable for its historical architecture, Dunedin is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere and displays a very strong Scottish influence. On the doorstep of the city, travellers will encounter incredible wildlife, including the world's rarest penguins, a mainland albatross colony, fur seals and sea lions.
The Otago Peninsula is home to rare and unusual coastal wildlife. Discover hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins), little blue penguins and the world's only mainland albatross colony. Sea lions and fur seals also live here.
The Otago gold rush left a legacy of ornate Victorian and Edwardian buildings, regarded as the best collection in the Southern Hemisphere. The Flemish Renaissance-styled railway station is one outstanding example.
The University of Otago
Founded in 1869, New Zealand's oldest and largest university gives Dunedin its reputation as a centre of learning. The energy and creativity of the vibrant student culture adds fun to daily life in Dunedin.