Dunedin

Travel Guide
Larnach Castle which includes a castle and street scenes

Love gardens, nature and museums? Get away to Dunedin!

Discover the historic city of Dunedin—gardens, museums and sights from The Octagon to Regent Theatre.

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.

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$157 per night from 13 Jul. to 14 Jul.
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4.3/5 Excellent! (987 reviews)
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Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2022

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Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
3.5 out of 5
10 Smith Street, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$159 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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4/5 Very Good! (988 reviews)
"Service fine but Restaurant food was terrible- had to send my fish meal back"

Reviewed on 4 Apr. 2022

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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin, 9016
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The price is NZ$179 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Dunedin. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (993 reviews)
"Close to everything in the centre of the city with nice bars and restaurants nearby"

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2022

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
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Woodlands Motels and Apartments
Woodlands Motels and Apartments
3.5 out of 5
594 Great King St, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$130 per night from 15 Jul. to 16 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Dunedin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4/5 Very Good! (312 reviews)
"Loved the stay at this Motel, was really homely, clean and tidy, no issues at all just internet would not work at times but that was no Biggy as they sorted the issue fast. Would stay again."

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Woodlands Motels and Apartments
315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
315 George Street, Dunedin, 9000
The price is NZ$160 per night from 29 Jun. to 30 Jun.
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4.6/5 Wonderful! (501 reviews)
"Being right in the city center, we just left our vehicle in the car park and walked nearly everywhere."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2022

315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
March Apartments
March Apartments
3.5 out of 5
51 Shetland Street, Dunedin, 9010
The price is NZ$135 per night from 27 Jun. to 28 Jun.
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4.4/5 Wonderful! (195 reviews)
"Having washing machine/dryer in unit was a bonus. With kitchen we were well set up for the week. Very handy to Otago Golf Club which suited us. All in all very happy with our accomodation."

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2022

March Apartments
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