Take a fascinating journey through history and discover the origin of this intriguing city. Discover how early settlers from Scotland and China struck gold and why the city grew so quickly. The city’s Scottish roots are steeped in the Celtic name itself as Dunedin translates to Edinburgh.
Dunedin’s First Church is an example of Gothic-style architecture complete with a 185-foot spire. Thomas Burns, the first pastor of this church, was the nephew of Robert Burns, the ‘Scottish Poet Laureate’.
Your next stop will be at the popular woodland gardens of Glenfalloch (hidden glen), situated in a coastal valley overlooking Otago Harbour. The gardens feature original plantings of European trees from 1872 including Azaleas and Rhododendrons and many unique hybrids. Enjoy some traditional highland dancing on the green, followed by refreshments of tea, coffee, scones or muffins. An entertaining Haggis ceremony will be performed and each participant will receive a certificate commemorating their visit and a special souvenir with a Scottish flavour.
A brief stop will be made at the Robert Burns statue, which sits proudly atop the Octagon. Erected in 1887, this Dunedin landmark stands in a prominent position in front of St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of the city.
This excursion will operate by coach. There is approximately one hour of walking in total spread over the various stops. There are some sloping paths at the Glenfalloch Gardens.