Local Attractions

Port to Port

Cross Otago Harbour in style and comfort with a ferry transfer on Port To Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours’ boat MV Sootychaser. Whether you’re visiting cafes, picnicking at Back Beach, visiting local sites or just want to go for a cruise, catching the ferry is a great way to get you where you need to go.

The MV Sootychaser offers exceptional viewing opportunities where you can enjoy seeing wildlife on your ferry. The boat can quickly and safely transport people across the harbour, and is fully equipped with a heated, enclosed cabin, modern bathroom facilities and comfortable seating inside and out.

Royal Albatross Centre
Visiting the Royal Albatross Centre holds many benefits for all involved. Visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross, the historic Fort Taiaroa and see the Little Blue Penguin colony at Pilots Beach. A proportion of every ticket sold goes directly towards the protection of the Northern Royal Albatross. Enjoy seeing these majestic birds in their natural environment!
Elm Wildlife Tours
Visit Elm Wildlife Tours on the Otago Peninsula to experience absolutely unrivalled close-up viewing of rare yellow eyed penguins, Hooker’s sea lions, NZ fur seals and little blue penguins within our restricted wildlife conservation sanctuary, you will also see albatross at the Royal Albatross centre at Taiaroa headland and other wildlife around Otago peninsula bay’s and lagoons.
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
The Toitu Otago Settlers Museum tells the story of the people of Dunedin and the surrounding region. The character, culture, technology, art, fashion and transport of the first people in the area shaped New Zealand’s first great city. The exhibits are complimented by onsite shops, a café and a research centre.
Forsyth Barr Stadium
New Zealand’s premier indoor facility is based right in the heart of Dunedin. Head along to Highlanders and All Blacks rugby games, or to the wonderful rock concerts that come to our stadium, and feel the best atmosphere of any stadium in New Zealand. Only stadium in NZ with covered roof, 1st of a kind in NZ. Check for upcoming events here.
Speights Brewery Tour
A one-and-a-half-hour tour of the Speights Brewery will take visitors back in time to the very beginning of the brewery in 1876. Visitors will get a full sensory experience as they see, smell, touch and taste what makes the ‘Pride of the South.’ The story of the Speights Brewery is one to tick off the bucket list! Tours can be booked and paid for here at the Palms Motel for your ease. Just ask our reception.
Larnach Castle
Did you know that Dunedin has the only castle in New Zealand? Larnach Castle is just a 20-minute drive along the peninsula. Visitors can have guided tours or walk freely around the beautiful picturesque gardens and castle. The castle holds many stories and is well worth the visit. Refreshments are available in the ballroom of the castle in the café. A must do while you are in Dunedin.
Dunedin Railway Station
For the train enthusiasts among us, the Dunedin Railway Station is a must-see. It is only a 10-minute walk from Dunedin Palms Motel. The station is one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand and is the home to the famous Taieri Gorge Train. There are several scenic rides that are perfect for those looking for a day of entertainment. The Taieri Gorge Train itself is a world-class ride and is the ultimate for train lovers.
Olveston Historic Home
The Olveston Historic Home is a short 5-minute drive from Dunedin Palms Motel. Olveston is one of the biggest attractions in New Zealand. Offering six one-hour tours daily, it is well worth the time to head back in time to the history of the Theomin family. The children bore no heirs, meaning the attractions were opened to the city of Dunedin to enjoy. Take a stroll through the beautiful garden as well for a full sensory experience.