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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.

Where to stay in Dunedin

Dunedin featuring a park, heritage elements and a pond

Dunedin City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(89 area reviews)

Travelers come to Dunedin City Centre for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like The Octagon and Forsyth Barr Stadium while you're in town.

Dunedin City Centre
Dunedin has a unique coastline, battered by southerly swells and swarming with wildlife, secluded happiness in the corner of the world #springfun

St. Clair

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to St. Clair. A stop by St. Clair Beach or St. Clair Golf Club might round out your trip.

St. Clair

Top Hotels in Dunedin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
3.5 out of 5
10 Smith Street, Dunedin
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,290 per night

Located in Dunedin City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral, Speight's Brewery, and First Church of Otago. Olveston ...

4.1/5Very Good! (989 reviews)

"Nice hotel, good location and service would stay there again."…"

Reviewed on May 31, 2020

Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
4 out of 5
6 Liverpool Street, Dunedin
The price is ¥10,375 per night

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (346 reviews)

"As new condition this hotel has excellent showers, very quiet for a central city location and very good food in the restaurant."…"

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

Distinction Dunedin Hotel
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is ¥8,791 per night

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! (994 reviews)

"Nice comfy beds. Room was warm. The internet was no very good if I had to pick a hole. But lovely Helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Popular places to visit in Dunedin

The Octagon
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The Octagon

4/5(45 reviews)

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

University of Otago
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University of Otago

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around University of Otago, a top college in Dunedin. Stroll along the area's beautiful beaches, or simply savor its charming cafés.

St. Clair Beach
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St. Clair Beach

4.5/5(23 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

4.5/5(37 reviews)

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

Penguin Place
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Penguin Place

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Penguin Place, a lovely green space in Dunedin. Wander the college campus and picturesque gardens in this trendy area.

Speight's Brewery
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Speight's Brewery

4.5/5(16 reviews)

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

¥11,969
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway & Otago Peninsula Tour
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Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway & Otago Peninsula Tour

¥13,707
Per adult
Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle Tour
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Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle Tour

100% of travellers recommend
¥9,361
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Bays, Beaches & Views of Dunedin Tour
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Shore Excursion: Bays, Beaches & Views of Dunedin Tour

92% of travellers recommend
¥5,683
Per adult
Coastal Train Shore Excursion with City Sightseeing
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Coastal Train Shore Excursion with City Sightseeing

84% of travellers recommend
¥11,033
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Full-Day Royal Peninsula Tour to Dunedin & Otago Peninsula
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Shore Excursion: Full-Day Royal Peninsula Tour to Dunedin & Otago Peninsula

100% of travellers recommend
¥14,502
Per adult

Reviews of Dunedin

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 32.142857142857146%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.25%
2 - Disappointing
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 30, 2020

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we did not really get to fully enjoy Dunedin. It seems like a lovely city and we enjoyed what we were able to see before everything closed up.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

We only were able to spend one night at the Castle so spent the afternoon & evening there (dining) then on our way to Christchurch after checking out 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

Love the city. Lots to do and see

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

Dunedin has a lot of historical buildings with that college town feel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

The botanic garden was the best one I have been to including those of the US and England.

4/5 - Good

Christine

Feb 12, 2020

Coastal drive was pretty but the road is very narrow and winding. The mountain drive was beautiful and challenging.

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