Sea lions and seals visible on secluded beach in Dunedin

Local attractions

Things to do in Dunedin and on the Otago Peninsula

Fantail Lodge is in a quiet spot but well situated for exploring Dunedin’s main attractions.

You are always welcome to relax in our lush garden, go for a swim from the local Broad Bay beach or take one of our complimentary kayaks to explore the harbour. A short walk or drive from Fantail Lodge and you are spoilt for choice for things to do. Below is a list of our favourite local attractions and recommended tour operators.

Larnach Castle and gardens

This historic building, perched on the hills above Fantail Lodge is a top Dunedin attraction.

Book a tour of the castle and well-maintained gardens, enjoy the café and take in the views.  The castle is a short drive or rewarding walk up the hill from Fantail Lodge.

Larnach Castle tours and gardens in Dunedin
Albatrosses at colony at the Royal Albatross Centre, Tiaroa Head, Dunedin

Royal Albatross Centre

Visit the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world. Watch the Northern Royal Albatross fly overhead with their huge 3-metre wing spans.

Book a guided tour at the Royal Albatross Centre to see their nests close up from the hill top observatory or watch from a boat below with the Monarch Wildlife Cruise or Port-to-Port.

Native wildlife

Native birds are regular visitors to our garden and fur seals and sea lions can often be seen on the secluded beaches along the Otago Peninsula.

To see more rare native wildlife including yellow-eyed penguins and little blue penguins we recommend booking a tour with Elm Wildlife Tours, Penguin Palace or Blue Penguins Pukekura. The Orokonui Ecosanctuary is also well worth a visit.

Yellow-eyed penguins in Dunedin
Dunedin railway in the city centre

Dunedin city centre

For museums, cinemas, shops, restaurants and bars Dunedin has a lot to offer within easy walking distance of the city centre.

The famous Dunedin railway station, Otago Museum, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum and Lan Yuan Dunedin Chinese Garden are worth a visit. Check out the impressive street art as you explore the city.

Dunedin stadium

Check out Forsyth Barr Stadium which hosts a variety of year-round events:

  • Rugby matches – from the local Otago Highlanders team to the world champion All Blacks
  • Concerts – top acts such as Ed Sheeran, Rod Stewart and Elton John have played here
  • Festivals – for example craft beer and food festivals are held at the stadium
Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin for rugby and concerts
Cycling on the Otago Penisula, Dunedin from Fantail Lodge accommodation


Cycling, walking, water sports, golf…whatever your preferred activity there is something for you to enjoy in Dunedin. The new cycleway opens up the peninsula for cycling and walking right past our door, and Port-to-Port will carry bikes for those wishing to cross the harbour from Portobello to Port Chalmers. Dunedin is also a good place to relax after completing the Central Otago Rail Trail.