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DunedinNew Zealand

The “Edinburgh of the South” offers Scottish heritage, a lively restaurant and pub scene and a beautiful coastline home to penguins, albatross and other wildlife.

Dunedin lies on the rugged coastline of the South Island in the shadow of a dormant volcano. This small city prides itself on its Scottish heritage, wildlife and natural beauty. Stroll through Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, which has 1,000-year-old trees, and listen to the call of native birds in the Dunedin Botanic Garden. Explore the city’s history with a tour of the Dunedin Railway Station and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Dunedin’s city centre is marked by The Octagon, a plaza packed with pubs, restaurants and markets. Dine at outdoor tables and be entertained by street performers, then stay for a drink in one of the many bars.

There are a host of historic buildings a short walk from The Octagon. Visit Dunedin Town Hall and the First Church of Otago. Take a tour of the Speight’s Brewery, which has been operating since 1876, or Cadbury World, the country’s largest chocolate factory. Wander through the grounds of the oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Otago, which is about 1.2 kilometres (1 mile) from the city centre. Drive 20 minutes out of town to Lanarch Castle for high tea and a stroll through historic gardens.

South of the city you’ll find pristine beaches perfect for surfing. Drive along the scenic coastline and stop at St. Clair Beach to enjoy seafood paired with a glass of local wine.

Spot wildlife such as albatross and penguins on the Otago Peninsula. The Royal Albatross Centre, a 45-minute drive from Dunedin, is the world’s only mainland breeding area for these huge birds.

Experience warm sunny days in summer and unpredictable, chilly weather in winter, when the rugged coastline and wild seas are even more dramatic. If you’re feeling brave, join the thousands of locals and visitors who dress up in costumes and take the Polar Plunge, a beach swim usually held in June.

Fly into Dunedin’s airport 29 kilometres (18 miles) from the city centre from major cities throughout New Zealand and Australia. Once here, get around the compact city by bus, on foot or by bike, although be prepared to tackle some big hills; Dunedin’s Baldwin Street is the steepest residential street in the world.

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Top hotels in Dunedin

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$169 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (984 reviews)

"Great stay. Staff were great but room was very very noisy from the street below. Overall enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2020

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
The price is NZ$139 per night from 17 Dec. to 18 Dec.

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! (968 reviews)

"Very comfortable, clean, friendly staff and very close to all the City centre. Highly recommended, good value"…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov. 2020

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge
Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge
4 out of 5
30 Duke Street, North Dunedin, Dunedin
The price is NZ$146 per night from 16 Dec. to 17 Dec.

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (985 reviews)

"Handy location with Botanical gardens across the road, short walk to Supermarket and fast food restaurants. Easy drive to city centre, Clean rooms with modern decor."…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2020

Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge
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.

Holiday Rentals in Dunedin

Leith Valley Holiday Park & Motels
Leith Valley Holiday Park & Motels
2 out of 5
103 Malvern St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$70 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

Situated in Dunedin, this eco-friendly campsite is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Dunedin Botanic Garden and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Otago and The Octagon. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (294 reviews)

"Very quiet location yet only 7-8 minutes to town by car."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Leith Valley Holiday Park & Motels
March Apartments
March Apartments
3.5 out of 5
51 Shetland Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$129 per night from 26 Dec. to 27 Dec.

Situated in Dunedin, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Otago Golf Club, The Octagon and University of Otago. Forsyth Barr Stadium is 2.3 mi ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (156 reviews)

"Always clean, in good condition, stylish and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2020

March Apartments
Chapel Apartments
Chapel Apartments
4.5 out of 5
81 Moray Place, Dunedin, Otago
The price is NZ$233 per night from 14 Dec. to 15 Dec.

Located in Dunedin City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Fortune Theatre and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (201 reviews)

"Pretty unique but really good! Lots of space with everything you need. Really enjoyed it. Some apartments don't have parking space which is annoying as the pay and display over the road was full. Not a huge deal, just took time to find a parking space."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020

Chapel 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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Reviews of Dunedin

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 May 2020

found the people, especially the shopkeepers took their responsibilities to the corona virus very serious which as a visitor from Christchurch was really comforting

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 May 2020

I like Dunedin and travel here regularly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Mar. 2020

Otago farmers market is excellent, high quality stalls. Lovely atmosphere. Settlers museum recommend this free world class museum to all.

5/5 - Excellent

Josie

18 Mar. 2020

Great atmosphere, city and people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Mar. 2020

Friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar. 2020

Loved Dunedin

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