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Dunedin is located on the southeast coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is a city nestled in the hills alongside a breathtaking harbour. Dunedin is the gateway to the beautiful Otago region with endless outdoor adventures awaiting. Dunedin is rich in history, wildlife, and landscapes.

With a population of more than 120,000 (25,000 students!), Dunedin is an exciting home-away-from-home where it is easy to meet new friends from all around the world.

New Zealand is a multicultural South Pacific nation. Aotearoa is its Māori name. The Māori, New Zealand’s indigenous population, migrated from Polynesia approximately 1,000 years ago. They comprise 14% of New Zealand’s population. The majority of New Zealanders are of British and Irish heritage, but other European influences are noticeable. In more recent years a large number of Pacific Islanders have come to live here from countries such as Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. There are also large numbers of other nationalities, including recent Asian and European immigrants, who make up New Zealand’s 3.8 million population.

New Zealand covers approximately the same area as Great Britain, making it one of the least crowded countries in the world and a haven for peace and relaxation. New Zealanders are friendly, easy-going people. They welcome visitors warmly and are interested in meeting those from other cultures who come to enjoy what New Zealand has to offer.

Fast Facts

  • Dunedin is the Celtic name for Edinburgh
  • Home to the world’s rarest penguin (yellow-eyed penguin)
  • Affordable living



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