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DunedinNew Zealand

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.

Top Hotels in Dunedin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
The price is CA $100 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon and Dunedin Town Hall. St. Paul's Cathedral ...

4.3/5Excellent! (971 reviews)

"Great Location, easy stroll to the Octagon and lots of places to eat."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2020

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
4 out of 5
333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
The price is CA $106 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25

Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr ...

4.3/5Excellent! (542 reviews)

"1st time stay, will absolutely be back. Highly recommended for business and family trips. Very professional and accomodating to clients needs"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2020

Quest Dunedin
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is CA $121 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

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! (975 reviews)

"Always a pleasure staying here, clean and comfortable staff are helpful and happy."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2020

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Popular places to visit in Dunedin

The Octagon
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The Octagon

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Dunedin’s city center combines some of the city’s finest historic buildings with serene parkland and relaxed cafés. 

St. Clair Beach
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St. Clair Beach

4.5/5(12 reviews)

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

Dunedin Town Hall
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Dunedin Town Hall

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Watch rock concerts and classical music recitals at this auditorium, which is one of several facilities located in the Dunedin Centre.

Dunedin Botanic Garden
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Dunedin Botanic Garden

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Spot native birdlife, admire thousands of colourful plant species and enjoy picnics on lush green lawns at this pretty public garden.

Signal Hill
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Signal Hill

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Bike, drive or walk to this hilltop lookout to admire the uninterrupted views over Dunedin’s Pacific Ocean coastline and Otago Harbour.

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.

Top things to do in Dunedin

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

CA $159
Per adult
Dunedin Sightseeing Shore Excursion with Olveston House
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Dunedin Sightseeing Shore Excursion with Olveston House

CA $71
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle Tour
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Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle Tour

CA $125
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Dunedin Cruise Excursion - Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle
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Dunedin Cruise Excursion - Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle

CA $129
Per adult
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Albatross Centre & Penguin Colony
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Albatross Centre & Penguin Colony

CA $187
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Royal Albatross Centre & Yellow-Eyed Penguins
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Royal Albatross Centre & Yellow-Eyed Penguins

CA $191
Per adult

Reviews of Dunedin

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 28, 2020

I could live in Dunedin. Actually, I wish I did.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 5, 2019

Lovely visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 7, 2019

We went to Lanarch Castle and enjoyed that very much. Beautifully renovated personally owned castle. Lots of history. Wish we had more time to spend in Dunedin. Looking forward to coming back Someday!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2019

Very interesting port city. Lots of older well kept buildings, lots of eateries, lots to do in and around the city.

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