Otago Central Rail trail

Pre-match jaunt – Otago Rail Trail

A unique walking, cycling and horse riding track following the route of an historic railway line. It’s 150km long in total but you can go for as short or long as you like. Highlights include Taieri Gorge, art deco buildings at Ranfurly, ‘big sky’ vistas and several country pubs serving local brews. 90 minute drive from Dunedin.

Dropkick the hangover – Leith Saddle Track

An exhilarating (that means steep!) walk up for panoramic views across the city and beyond. It’s a 20-minute drive from the city centre.

PurakanuiCool Campsite – Purakaunui Bay

Rugged camping below cliffs and near a stunning waterfall. There’s good surfing and a nature reserve nearby too. It’s two hours south of Dunedin – but worth the trip!

Back to nature

Dunedin is wildlife central, with the nearby Otago Peninsula home to seals, sealions, penguins and the only mainland albatross colony anywhere in the world. To get a glimpse of some of NZ’s unique land birds, head to Orokonui Ecosanctuary, which is a 30-minute drive/train journey.