Dunedin Campervan RentalDunedin is the second-largest city in New Zealand's South Island, a city of students and Scottish heritage. It sits at the head of the Otago Harbour, surrounded by hills and beautiful farmland. The locals are friendly, and over a tenth of the population is made up of students who come from all over to attend the University of Otago, New Zealand's oldest university. It has warm, pleasant summers and quite mild winters, with snow happening occasionally but not every year.
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Dunedin offers many things to do and see. One claim to fame is Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street. The Cadbury Chocolate Factory which accounts for 75% of New Zealand's chocolate production is also based here. A must-visit place! Another Dunedin landmark is the Speights brewery, home of the "Southern Man's Beer." Larnach Castle is another of Dunedin's well-known attractions and is a reminder of the Scots who settled the area. To get acquainted with the heart of the city, visit the Octagon in the city centre- Dunedin's answer to a city square!
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There is a Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, 40 mins from Dunedin which makes an excellent campervan day trip out of the city- the road skirts the ocean along the Portobello Peninsula which borders Otago Harbour. Also out this way is Penguin Place, a conservation project dedicated to yellow-eyed penguins. It is a nature reserve, a working sheep farm and home to many yellow-eyed penguins. Here you can take a penguin tour to see these unique birds without disturbing them.
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There are beaches both in the harbour and on the open coast. St. Clair on the coast ten minutes from the city is very popular and has great surf. A bit further down the coast is the stunning Tunnel Beach, which can be accessed from the clifftops via a tunnel cut in the rock.
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Down the coast from Dunedin is the Catlins coast, a very pretty are to drive through on the Papatowai Highway, and a campervan makes it even better- you can stop and make a cup of tea whilst enjoying the rugged landscape, podocarp forests, lakes and waterfalls. Invercargill is not far away, the country's most southerly city. From here, visit Bluff which is the end of the South Island and a port renowned for it's oysters!
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Heading inland from Dunedin will get you to gorgeous Queenstown in about 4 hours, through pretty Alexandra and the hydro-dam town of Cromwell. Queenstown is a beautiful all-year resort on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. It is known as the Adventure Capital of the world, popular for bungy jumping and luging in the summer and snowsports in the winter. Wanaka is also nearby, another lakeside city that is more peaceful than the busy Queenstown!
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Have a look here for some great deals on Dunedin campervan hire, so you can explore the southern part of spectacular New Zealand in style!
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