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  • Address: 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand 9016
  • Hours: Open daily 10am-5pm

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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum Tours

Recently refurbished, the Toitu Otago Settlers Musuem is a fascinating look at the life and times of Dunedin’s early settlers. Because of its sheltered, deep water port and fertile coastal plain, Dunedin was one of the South Island’s earliest places where Europeans settled. Arriving by boat in 1848, European settlers—predominantly Scottish—slowly began to build a community in the coastal Otago frontier, which exploded into hyper-growth when gold was found in the hills. From the time of the gold rush in 1861, Dunedin continued to serve as the center of life in Otago and the Southland, all of which is on display in this massive downtown museum. Aside from exhibits on European settlers, visitors will also find info relating to native South Island Maori, as well as a look at how Dunedin was New Zealand’s “First Great City.” At the Smith Gallery, look in the eyes of early settlers through the stunning collections of portraits, all of which feature early settlers from pre-1864.  You’ll also find newer, more modern exhibits on Dunedin in the digital age, and this one of the city’s best activities on a cold or rainy day.

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The Toitu Otago Settlers Museum is the oldest historical museum of its kind located anywhere in New Zealand. Founded in 1898, the museum is a must for any traveler with an interest in New Zealand history.

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Half-Day Iconic Dunedin City Tour, Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula, null

Half-Day Iconic Dunedin City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

Discover top attractions and iconic sites around the city of Dunedin on this half-day city tour. Explore Dunedin with a guide and take in key sites of interest ...  Read more

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.69
Dunedin Self Guided Audio Tour, Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula, Half-day Tours

Dunedin Self Guided Audio Tour

This historic audio tour of the intriguing city of Dunedin will take you on a culturally significant journey where you will see sights such as the interesting ...  Read more

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 1 to 3 hrs

From USD $19.99

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