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Dunedin
Travel Guide

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

Fable Dunedin
Fable Dunedin
5 out of 5
310 Princes St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$257 per night from 6 Mar. to 7 Mar.

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! (16 reviews)

"Wow. We checked in with a drink and shortbread served to us. Staff were amazing. The service here is of the highest I've ever come acrosd. Nothing was a problem. The room was gorgeous and the bed was very comfortanle. Cant fault this place."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2021

Fable Dunedin
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$199 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.

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! (973 reviews)

"My room didn’t have air conditioning. It came with a portable fan. The duvet was way too warm for summer temperatures."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2021

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$159 per night from 4 Mar. to 5 Mar.

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! (983 reviews)

"Hotel itself looks and feels a little tired but staff were great and the location was perfect."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb. 2021

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
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Holiday Rentals in Dunedin

315 Euro Motel
315 Euro Motel
3.5 out of 5
315 George Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$150 per night from 5 Mar. to 6 Mar.

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (434 reviews)

"Great central location. Easy to get to and park. Staff were very helpful! Room was large and comfortable. Well equipped."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2021

315 Euro Motel
Superior Dunedin Apartments
Superior Dunedin Apartments
3 out of 5
47 Howorth Road, Dunedin, Otago
The price is NZ$107 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.

Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of St. Clair Golf Club, Tunnel Beach and St. Clair Beach. The Octagon and Brighton ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (61 reviews)

"Perfectly fine for a small short stay. I would suggest they update the curtains they let in a lot of light and it made it hard to sleep"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

Superior Dunedin Apartments
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 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.

Situated in Dunedin, this eco-friendly campsite is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Dunedin Botanic Garden and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Otago and The Octagon. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (298 reviews)

"The place is close to city center, botanical garden, water falls, and it's very quiet. Amazing location."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2021

Leith Valley Holiday Park & Motels
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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