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 this 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.


Come along to hear stories about famous past and present New Zealand writers  their lives, their work, 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!

A selection of tour photos


Tour Highlights

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

Join me and discover:

  • who first described New Zealand as ‘God’s Own Country’

  • the lasting influence of the gold rush on Dunedin's culture 

  • why Robbie Burns still rocks! 

  •  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.

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.

Meeting Points

Campus Walking Tour  (Tues/Thurs/Sun)

10.30 am outside the University of Otago Visitors’ Centre (see map below) on the corner of Cumberland and St David Streets.

Inner City Walking Tour

2 p.m. daily (if demand warrants). Departing 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!



For all questions and comments please use this web form to contact us, or text or phone Beverly on +64 27 44 44 788

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