Walking Tours of Dunedin's Shoreline in 1865


Tour Times

10.00am - 11.00am

1:00pm - 2:00pm     


When the first Pakeha settlers stepped onto land next to the Toitu Stream in 1848 in a location near the top of today's Water Street, they were greeted with a shoreline which quickly rose upwards towards Dunedin’s hilly and forested flanks. The plan for the city devised in 1846 already considered reclamation of the harbour to provide more flat land for industry and government close to where ships would anchor or dock. Reclamation began immediately as the day-to-day workings of a new colony dumped anything they did not want or could not use into the harbour. Things dramatically changed in 1861 with the discovery of gold in Otago. From this date onwards, Dunedin expanded rapidly as people from all walks of life flooded into the city. Step back in time and walk along Dunedin’s shoreline in 1865 for a tour of early Maori and Pakeha Dunedin!

Book a guided tour with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga's Dr Matthew Schmidt.

This is a popular tour. Tour numbers are limited so secure your place now.

Meet at the Exchange Plaza, 263 Princes Street beside the Tauraka Waka monument at least 10 minutes before your selected tour is scheduled to begin.

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