Signal Hill is a huge land mass near the heart of the Otago Harbour. It is home to the Signal Hill Lookout, offering stunning views just a short drive from the centre city. This is the perfect place to survey Dunedin for the first time.
The lookout is a central plateau, home to a monument with two bronze statues dedicated to the New Zealand Centennial. This popular spot is used by many different groups. Mountain bikers start here and ride down through the trails in the scenic reserve that encompasses much of Signal Hill. Tours often stop here for photo opportunities and to provide context for the rest of the adventure.
Be sure to visit at different times to take in the sights in a different light. The lookout is quite exposed so plan with the weather accordingly. It’s accessible by car but is also a popular destination on foot.
To get there, head north towards Opoho and follow Signal Hill Road all the way to the end. The bus to Opoho can get you close enough to walk if you are feeling adventurous.