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Signal Hill

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

Signal Hill is a hilltop observation point that rises above the northeast region of Dunedin’s city centre. Come here to enjoy some peace and quiet while surrounded by inspiring natural scenery. Marvel at the panoramic views of the city’s coastline and spot historic landmarks. At its highest point Signal Hill reaches 393 metres (1,289 feet) and is encompassed by picturesque parkland.

Choose from a number of ways to reach the hill and lookout. The easiest way is to drive for about 15 minutes from the city centre. For a more adventurous experience, walk from The Octagon to Logan Park and then follow the trails uphill. Depending on your fitness level, you should allow about 2 hours to reach the summit. Alternatively, rent a bike and ride up via the main road or hillside tracks.

Upon reaching the peak you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views of Dunedin’s countryside. Marvel at the undulating green hills, which frame the city centre. Look down on Otago Harbour and the rolling landscape of Otago Peninsula. Gaze out across the glistening water of the Pacific Ocean. Try to spot the towers and turrets of Larnach Castle, a 19th-century fortress set in the hills of Otago Peninsula.

When you reach the hilltop, look for the Otago Centennial Memorial, a monument that commemorates the centenary of New Zealand becoming a British colony. Note the two Buddha-like bronze statues, which represent history and the thread of life.

Extend your time here and explore the native bush of the adjoining Burns Park Scenic Reserve. If coming here by bike then tackle the Big Easy trail, a natural track that weaves downhill to the beaches on Otago Harbour. Here it’s often possible to see seals and sea lions swimming in the waves.

Free parking is available at Signal Hill. Rent bikes and any necessary equipment from bike shops in the city centre. Bear in mind that frost and snowfall can make the trails hazardous during the winter months.


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The Victoria Hotel Dunedin CA $107
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 also within 15 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 6 minutes by foot.

    Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge CA $112
    Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

    Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

    30 Duke Street, North Dunedin, Dunedin
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Dunedin, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dunedin Botanic Garden and University of Otago. Forsyth Barr Stadium and The Octagon are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 28 minutes by foot.

      Quest Dunedin CA $111
      Quest Dunedin

      Quest Dunedin

      333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 5 minutes by foot.

        Top Floor 3 bed Apartment in the Iconic Tiger Tea Building
        Top Floor 3 bed Apartment in the Iconic Tiger Tea Building

        Top Floor 3 bed Apartment in the Iconic Tiger Tea Building

        203 Ravensbourne Road, Dunedin, Otago
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on a lake, this historic apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Otago Peninsula and within 3 miles (5 km) of Forsyth Barr Stadium and University of Otago. The Octagon is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

          Baldwin Street Retreat
          Baldwin Street Retreat

          Baldwin Street Retreat

          46 Baldwin Street, Dunedin
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this holiday home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Baldwin Street, Dunedin Botanic Garden and University of Otago. Signal Hill and Otago Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Charming Villa On Tree Lined Street CA $101
            Charming Villa On Tree Lined Street

            Charming Villa On Tree Lined Street

            11 Ainslee Place, Dunedin, Otago
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Dunedin, this romantic holiday home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Baldwin Street and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium. The Octagon is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

              Scenic Hotel Southern Cross CA $130
              Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

              Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

              118 High Street, Dunedin
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                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 are also within 10 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 10 minutes by foot.

                315 Euro Motel CA $119
                315 Euro Motel

                315 Euro Motel

                315 George Street, Dunedin
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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 are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 20 minutes by foot.