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Athol & friends (photo: Warwick Biggs, NSW)


Dunedin is a special city and guided walks provide the best introduction to its history, people and streetscapes.

Athol Parks, your City Walks guide.

The walks showcase Dunedin's Victorian and Edwardian architecture and colourful social history. We also discuss what's topical in Dunedin today. See our Walks page.

Virtual walk

Thanks to Destination Content for this VisitorGen preview of our Old Town Walk.

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In May, at the 2014 Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, Athol Parks of City Walks chaired 'All Things Built', a panel discussion about writing and architecture. The panelists were David Murray (creator of the Built in Dunedin blog and co-administrator of the Upright! Facebook page) and Jeremy Hansen (editor of Home magazine).

In August (Sunday 3rd & Tuesday 5th), Athol will team up with the Dunedin Public Library to offer guided walks into and through Dunedin's City Library building. Athol will background Dunedin's public library service, share some insights about this iconic building, talk about art and allow you a peek at the Library's Special Collections. Bookings are essential, via our Contact page. Both walks start at the Burns statue, the Octagon, at 2pm. Tour duration approx. one hour. Cost is $10 (cash only), which includes afternoon tea.

The regular walk season kicks off on 1st October, 2014 - International Day of Older Persons and World Vegetarian Day! Meantime, if you'd really like to walk with us, let us know - we may be able to help. 

Welcome ashore

With Headfirst Travel, we offer a Hopper + City Walk combo on cruise-ship days. The $59 combo includes transfers to and from Dunedin, a 2hr guided walk, plus a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the wider city. For cruisers only, this deal may be purchased at , or on the day at the Dunedin iSite's Port Chalmers agency (on the Port Chalmers wharf). Transfers depart from Port Chalmers at approx. 9am, 9.30am and 10am.

We do offer walks on Sundays when large cruise ships are visiting. On these Sundays - and any cruise day - we offer an additional Old Town Walk, departing from the iSite Visitor Information Centre in Dunedin at 1.30pm.

Media archive

In January 2011 City Walks guide Athol Parks gave an extensive interview on New Zealand's National Radio City Walks topped the 'To Do' list in North & South magazine's Dunedin travel feature later that year (July).

City Walks featured in in 2012 (words & pics by Melissa Rimac)
Radio Dunedin's Owen Rooney interviewed Athol Parks about City Walks and Dunedin's April 2013 Heritage Festival Many locals then walked with us on Anzac Day

Also in April 2013, Julietta Jameson wrote about Dunedin's renaissance (and City Walks) in The Sydney Morning Herald.

A comprehensive feature about City Walks appeared in the Otago Daily Times in April 2013. 

We featured in this great photo essay of Dunedin, shot by Sydney-based food and travel writers Sally and Gordon Hammond early in 2013

..and Peter Feeney gave City Walks the thumbs up in this Dunedin article, written for The New Zealand Herald (13/07/14)


"Your personable style makes you great company... Thanks for your assistance in making our short holiday so memorable." (Nick & Margaret Trewhella, Essendon, Victoria  2011/12)

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