By Bachchat staff
You too can experience Scarfie life – as to take part in the Scarfie experience doesn’t necessarily mean becoming one! Year-round there’s something on - from pub crawls through to market stalls, bands and hall competitions.
Hang out at student haunts such as The Cook pub and Two Bears or stroll through the university grounds. For a truly eye-opening experience visit North Dunedin’s iconic student flat streets!
Scarfies aside, the city of Dunedin has distinctive 19th century architecture. A legacy of the goldrush, many of its finest Victorian and Edwardian buildings are not museum pieces; rather, the city lives within them.
Take a step back in time in The Exchange - the city’s hub in the late 1800s - and see the old National Bank and BNZ Bank, and post office buildings nearby.
Visit the city’s historical churches and statues - Larnach Castle, Olveston, Fletcher House, Dunedin Railway Station and Speights Brewery - and soon you’ll see that although ‘Scarfies’ have the run of the town, Dunedin’s Scottish heritage is alive and well.
Dunedin delights in its homely haggis heritage: there are numerous fine pipe bands and highland dancers and a statue of Scottish bard, Robbie Burns, presides.
The Octagon, Dunedin. Photo: Tourism Dunedin
Where to stay
What to do
- Step back in time at Larnach Castle
- Explore the region’s history at the Otago Settlers’ Museum
- See yellow-eyed penguins on the Otago Peninsula
- Visit the Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head
- Spend a day at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery
- From Invercargil by road: 217km
- From Christchurch by road: 362km