Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4½ hours
Dunedin, known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, was founded by Scottish settlers in 1848. Today, explore the Scottish influence in this city, where the locals have a different southern accent that hints at a Scottish burr.
From Port Chalmers, you’ll drive into Dunedin to the magnificent Edwardian Dunedin Railway Station.
See First Church--Dunedin’s earliest house of worship--built in 1873. It is one of New Zealand’s finest examples of Gothic architecture, complete with a 185-foot spire. You will hear about the early influences of the Presbyterian Church in the development of Dunedin.
Continue through Dunedin to the Otago Peninsula, where a picturesque coastal drive will bring you to the beautiful Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, established in the 1870s. Glenfalloch means "hidden glen".
A Devonshire tea will be served as you are entertained by a traditional Scottish Highland dancing demonstration and a haggis ceremony. You will receive a certificate commemorating your visit, along with a little taste of Scottish flavor from Dunedin.
Road conditions permitting, you will return to Dunedin along the Otago Peninsula’s high road, with spectacular views of the harbor and the city.
Stop briefly for photos at the Octagon in the heart of Dunedin’s town center. A statue of Scotland’s great poet laureate, Robert Burns, graces this open space.
Return to Port Chalmers to re-board the ship.