City of Literature

Dunedin, which is close to the heart of so many New Zealand writers, was recently formally recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature.

By taking my tour, you'll better understand why the great small city of Dunedin thoroughly deserves this title, and  continues to be a place where writers, books, and literature, thrive.


Join me to hear stories about famous past and present New Zealand writers  their lives, their work, and their love of Dunedin - by visiting historic and new places of literary interest.


P.S. My tours are not 'academic', they have broad appeal, and are good fun!


Tour Highlights

If you LOVE books, you’ll LOVE  this tour!

Join me and discover:

  • hidden literary landmarks

  • the lasting influence of the  Scottish settlers and then the gold rush on Dunedin's culture 

  •  insights into the lives of some of our best-loved writers


Your Guide



Beverly Martens, the founder of Dunedin’s Literary Walking Tours, is a creative writer herself.  


She has had poems published in several anthologies, and was one of the Fortune Theatre's emerging playwrights in 2016, where her first play 50-to-1  had its premiere.

Beverly is an active member of the Otago-Southland branch of the NZ Society of Authors, and has organised many local literary events including their Writers’ Salons.


She is also a member of the CoL's Arts Collaboration group, and has  a current First Aid certificate.

Writers' Walks (around the inner city)

Sundays at 2 p.m 

Departs from the  i-SITE Visitors Centre, [see map below] 50 The Octagon, Dunedin.

... and so much more, with a friendly, knowledgeable guide.


Note: we walk on flat streets, and at normal pace!

University Campus Walking Tour  (by request)

Meeting Point is outside the University of Otago Visitors’ Centre 

(see map below) on the corner of Cumberland and St David Streets.

Meeting Points


For all questions and comments please use this web form to contact me

Or  text or phone Beverly on +64 27 44 44 788

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