The city has produced many of New Zealand’s greatest novelists, poets, artists, scientists, journalists, musicians, sportsmen and women, business people and leaders. It has always occupied a special place in the nation’s heart as a haven for creativity and a producer of fine minds.
Life in Dunedin
Situated on the southeastern coast of New Zealand's South Island, Dunedin is the quintessential university city with a population of approximately 122,000 residents, 20% of which are students. Originally modelled on Edinburgh in Scotland, it is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. But what truly distinguishes Dunedin is the spectacular coastal landscape on which the settlement was founded. A long, natural harbour gives way to church spires and towers of the historic town centre and university, set back against high, green forested hills. A golden trail of beaches and dizzying cliffs skirt the city's thundering Pacific Ocean flank, where seals, penguins, albatross - and incredible surf - can be found.
The heritage feel of Dunedin is a legacy of Otago's 1860s gold rush, which briefly turned this port city into the industrial centre of New Zealand. The boom did not last, but Dunedin developed a solid tradition for education, while retaining its sophistication and grandeur.