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.

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Tour, Museum and Garden

Top Hotels in Dunedin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
CA $142
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4.4/5Excellent! (1,291 reviews)

"The room was Comfortable and quiet and staff were friendly ."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 2, 2019

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
3.5 out of 5
10 Smith Street, Dunedin
CA $100
per night
Oct 29 - Oct 30
4.1/5Very Good! (1,122 reviews)

"Our room was lovely and clean; bed was super comfortable and perfect location for us"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2019

Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
CA $100
per night
Oct 18 - Oct 19
4.2/5Excellent! (1,146 reviews)

"We were welcomed by the most professional and well presented staff and the hotel was just perfect. I will absolutely be back and will recommend it to everyone. Even the coffee was exceptionally good!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 10, 2019

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

Popular things to do in Dunedin

St. Clair Beach
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St. Clair Beach

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Soak in the outdoor pool or take on the Pacific Ocean waves at one of New Zealand’s best surfing beaches.

Larnach Castle
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Larnach Castle

4/5(6 reviews)

Discover tales of romance and tragedy, see rare Victorian furniture and take in stunning ocean vistas at New Zealand’s only castle. 

Speight's Brewery
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Speight's Brewery

Learn the secrets of one of New Zealand’s most successful beer companies with a visit to this historic brewery.

Otago Museum
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Otago Museum

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Find prehistoric fossils and ancient statues. Learn all about the enthralling cultural and physical history of New Zealand.

Olveston
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Olveston

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy stunning artwork and beautiful 20th-century design features at one of the Otago region’s finest manor houses.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

4.5/5(2 reviews)

The extensive collection of interactive displays and intricate scale models bring the fascinating history of the Otago region to life.

Top activities in Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Scenic Railway Ticket
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Taieri Gorge Scenic Railway Ticket

CA $92

Explore the beautiful scenery east of Dunedin as you travel by train through the majestic Taieri Gorge. The ever-changing scenery and dramatic landscapes provide an idyllic backdrop for a memorable journey through some of New Zealand's finest landscapes.

Dunedin Cruise Excursion - Taieri Gorge Railway & Sightseeing Tour
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Dunedin Cruise Excursion - Taieri Gorge Railway & Sightseeing Tour

CA $150

Embark on a stunning rail ride through the picturesque Taieri Gorge before immersing yourself in the Victorian and Edwardian architecture of Dunedin. Your train journey is filled with magnificent natural and man-made sights that paint a picture of a bygone era.

2-Hour Dunedin City Guided Segway Tour
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2-Hour Dunedin City Guided Segway Tour

CA $109

Our Two Hour Premium tours begin with comprehensive training. Segways are intuitive to ride. We’ll get you up and moving safely and skillfully in next to no time. This is the ultimate Segway experience and really is our most popular tour.

60-Minute Dunedin City Segway Taster Tour
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60-Minute Dunedin City Segway Taster Tour

CA $67

Our one hour Taster tours begin with comprehensive training. Segways are intuitive to ride. We will get you up and moving safely and skillfully in next to no time. Then we’re off around inner city Dunedin Get a sense of the history and stories of the colonial past, the relationships of Tangata Whenua with the Scottish settlers.

Guided Tour of Olveston Historic Home
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Guided Tour of Olveston Historic Home

CA $19

Walk among the fine furnishings, grand interiors, and lovely gardens of the Olveston Historic Home, a time capsule that's remained unchanged since it was the home of the wealthy Theomin family of Dunedin.

Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway & Otago Peninsula Tour
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Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway & Otago Peninsula Tour

CA $172

Get to know the best of Otago on a tour that combines 2 of Dunedin's favorite attractions. With a ride along the Taieri Gorge Railway and sightseeing on the Otago Peninsula, this journey shows you the natural wonders in the remarkable scenery of inland and coastal Otago alike.

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