Dunedin

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Larnach Castle which includes a castle and street scenes

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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George Street Motel Apartments (previously Farrys Motel)
George Street Motel Apartments (previously Farrys Motel)
3 out of 5
575 George Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$140 per night from 15 Nov. to 15 Nov.
Located in North Dunedin, this golf motel is steps away from University of Otago and Otago Museum. Olveston and Dunedin Botanic Garden are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (521 reviews)
"Friendly, comfortable and well priced hotel near the University and many other locations of interest. The manager was very helpful, accommodating and friendly. The room had nice touches like books, good shampoos and soap, lots of TV options. Great for families. My kids loved ice cream from Rob Roys ..."

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2021

George Street Motel Apartments (previously Farrys Motel)
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
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The price is NZ$169 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (992 reviews)
"I thought that having paid for breakfast, having to pay extra for a cup of tea was unnecessary - surely a cup of tea would be included in a breakfast charge?"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 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 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (991 reviews)
"Super comfy beds!"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2021

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
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March Apartments
March Apartments
3.5 out of 5
51 Shetland Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$129 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in Wakari, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Otago Golf Club and Olveston. Fortune Theatre and University of Otago are also within 2 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (186 reviews)
"It had facilities to make tea/coffee and prepare a simple meal if required. It was quiet and private."

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2021

March Apartments
315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
315 George Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$150 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in Dunedin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Otago and The Octagon. Dunedin Botanic Garden and Forsyth Barr Stadium ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (472 reviews)
"Nice and central. Comfortable bed. Clean apartment."

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2021

315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
Woodlands Motels and Apartments
Woodlands Motels and Apartments
3.5 out of 5
594 Great King St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$130 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in North Dunedin, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Otago, Otago Museum and Dunedin Botanic Garden. Olveston and Hocken Library ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (300 reviews)
"Property was renovated. A very clean, spacious one bedroom apartment, separate living and kitchen. Very impressed. Would definitely recommend."

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2021

Woodlands Motels and Apartments
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