TRAVEL: Dunedin

Known for its lively student culture and rolling hills, Dunedin, the South Islands second largest city, is nestled in the Otago coast. Whilst travellers normally venture to Queenstown or Wanaka in the search of snow and scenic views, Dunedin is a strong contender as a holiday destination - for those who are in the know.

One of the most underrated gems of the Dunedin scene are the beaches. Frequented by surfers in all seasons, beaches such as Murdering Bay or Tunnel Beach provide stunning backdrops to any relaxing jaunt, be it during the height of summer or the crisp winter months. If you're lucky enough, you may even find yourself with a whole beach to yourself! Mind the seals though.

Not sure where to stay in Dunedin? How about renting a house for the weekend in Allans Beach, a white-sand bay situated just 7 minutes drive from Portobello. Close to popular attractions like Larnach Castle, Allans Beach is far away enough from the city to rest and relax, but close enough to pop out for a cheeky wine during the evening. Busy yourself during the day searching for Yellow-Eyed Penguins in amongst the seaside rocks, or jump aboard the Tairei Gorge Railway for a scenic tour of Otago.

Do you have a favourite Dunedin spot? Let us know!