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Dunedin
Travel Guide

Larnach Castle showing château or palace and street scenes

With heritage architecture, buzzing nightlife and a pristine coastline, New Zealand’s “Edinburgh of the South” is a seaside city for all seasons.

Dunedin is a historic city nestled between a dormant volcano and the wild coastline of the Otago Peninsula on New Zealand’s South Island. Explore the city’s Scottish lineage through its heritage buildings, such as St. Pauls Cathedral and the Dunedin Railway Station. Then, discover the city’s natural beauty during a walk through the Dunedin Botanic Garden or the Glenfalloch Woodland Garden.

At the heart of Dunedin’s compact city center is The Octagon, a historic plaza that you can easily explore on foot. Enjoy the area’s lively pubs and bars, restaurants offering open-air dining, street performances and markets. Near to The Octagon you’ll find other iconic buildings, such as Speight's Brewery, Dunedin Town Hall, which is part of the Municipal Chambers, and the ornate First Church of Otago. Less than a mile (1.2 kilometers) away is the University of Otago. A five-minute walk from The Octagon will bring you to Cadbury World, New Zealand’s biggest chocolate factory. Enjoy a scenic 20-minute drive to Lanarch Castle, which was built in 1871 and offers high tea daily.

Head to the city’s southern coast for white-sand beaches and spectacular surf. Sample New Zealand’s fresh seafood and famous wines on the esplanade at St. Clair Beach.

Take a 45-minute drive along the scenic Otago Peninsula to the Royal Albatross Center. Sit back and enjoy the spectacle of these giant birds gliding into land at the world’s only mainland breeding ground for this species.

Dunedin’s seaside climate tends towards warm summers, while the city’s southern location makes for unpredictable winter days. Pack appropriately for the colder months, from June to August, but also include your swimming costume as you may want to join the thousands of brave people, often in fancy dress, who take part in the annual Dunedin Polar Plunge, a chilly beach swim.

Dunedin International Airport is located 18 miles (29 kilometers) southwest of the city and has regular flights between major cities in New Zealand and Australia. The city is easy to explore by public bus, bicycle or on foot, but watch out for the hills, especially at Baldwin Street; it’s considered the world’s steepest residential street.

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
The price is CA $114 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Octagon, Dunedin Town Hall, and Otago Museum. Speight's Brewery and Olveston are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (982 reviews)
"The rooms in the new wing are beautifully done and I found the place to be up to a high standard of cleanliness. I was disappointed that the parking was not included in the room price and it seems a bit cheeky to ask for an extra 10$ a night considering it’s Dunedin. Otherwise staff were very polite ..."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is CA $129 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located in Dunedin City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dunedin Casino and Speight's Brewery. Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Regent Theatre ...
4.3/5Excellent! (983 reviews)
"Small room with a bed in the city"

Reviewed on Apr. 18, 2021

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Fable Dunedin
Fable Dunedin
5 out of 5
310 Princes St, Dunedin
The price is CA $199 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dunedin Casino and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium are also ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"Excellent free continental breakfast. Our room faced the street so was noisy during the night. Booked a king size bed but looked like a Queen."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Fable Dunedin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
315 George Street, Dunedin
The price is CA $115 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Dunedin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dunedin Town Hall and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (446 reviews)
"Was an excellent property being so close to the centre of Dunedin. Good large room and very friendly staff, would be happy to stay here again"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
March Apartments
March Apartments
3.5 out of 5
51 Shetland Street, Dunedin
The price is CA $98 per night from May 18 to May 18
Situated in Dunedin, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Otago Golf Club, The Octagon, and University of Otago. Forsyth Barr Stadium is 2.3 mi (3.7 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (170 reviews)
"Very clean and friendly staff, easy access to the rooms"

Reviewed on Apr. 22, 2021

March Apartments
Superior Dunedin Apartments
Superior Dunedin Apartments
3 out of 5
47 Howorth Road, Dunedin, Otago
The price is CA $82 per night from May 18 to May 18
Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Clair Golf Club, Tunnel Beach, and St. Clair Beach. The Octagon and Brighton ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (62 reviews)
"Perfectly fine for a small short stay. I would suggest they update the curtains they let in a lot of light and it made it hard to sleep"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2021

Superior Dunedin Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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