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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.

Dunedin Travel Guide Video

Top hotels in Dunedin

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
The price is NZ$131 per night from 7 Oct. to 8 Oct.

Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon and Dunedin Town Hall. St. Paul's Cathedral ...

4.3/5Excellent! (971 reviews)

"Great Location, easy stroll to the Octagon and lots of places to eat."…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep. 2020

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
4 out of 5
333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$129 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr ...

4.3/5Excellent! (543 reviews)

"1st time stay, will absolutely be back. Highly recommended for business and family trips. Very professional and accomodating to clients needs"…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2020

Quest Dunedin
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$167 per night from 4 Oct. to 5 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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)

"We came for a funeral and booked 3 days out. The staff were extremely accommodating as we had a 7 week old baby with us and nothing was a problem.. Highly reccomend. 9ff street parking was"…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep. 2020

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
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

315 Euro Motel
315 Euro Motel
3.5 out of 5
315 George Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$150 per night from 7 Oct. to 8 Oct.

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! (414 reviews)

"The location was fantastic, right in the middle of everything. The lady at reception was very informative and seemed happy to help."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2020

315 Euro Motel
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 5 Oct. to 6 Oct.

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! (287 reviews)

"Service communication hosts were awesome. Couch most uncomfortable think may need an update"…"

Reviewed on 19 May 2020

Leith Valley Holiday Park & Motels
755 Regal Court
755 Regal Court
3.5 out of 5
755 George St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$140 per night from 12 Oct. to 13 Oct.

Situated by the sea, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Otago and Olveston. Dunedin Botanic Garden and The Octagon are also within 1 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (81 reviews)

"A beautiful place to stay. Highly recommended. Close to all amenities. Walk to the city and University of Otago."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2020

755 Regal Court
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.

Popular places to visit in Dunedin

The Octagon
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The Octagon

4.5/5(497 reviews)

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

St. Clair Beach
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St. Clair Beach

4.5/5(283 reviews)

Soak in the outdoor pool or take on the Pacific Ocean waves at one of New Zealand’s best surfing beaches.

Dunedin Town Hall
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Dunedin Town Hall

4/5(85 reviews)

Watch rock concerts and classical music recitals at this auditorium, which is one of several facilities located in the Dunedin Centre.

Dunedin Botanic Garden
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Dunedin Botanic Garden

4.5/5(179 reviews)

Spot native birdlife, admire thousands of colourful plant species and enjoy picnics on lush green lawns at this pretty public garden.

Signal Hill
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Signal Hill

4.5/5(81 reviews)

Bike, drive or walk to this hilltop lookout to admire the uninterrupted views over Dunedin’s Pacific Ocean coastline and Otago Harbour.

Speight's Brewery
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Speight's Brewery

4.5/5(86 reviews)

Learn the secrets of one of New Zealand’s most successful beer companies with a visit to this historic brewery.

Top activities in Dunedin

Dunedin Cruise Excursion - Taieri Gorge Railway & Sightseeing Tour
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Dunedin Cruise Excursion - Taieri Gorge Railway & Sightseeing Tour

NZ$179
Per adult
Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle Tour
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Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle Tour

NZ$140
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Dunedin City and Sights Tour
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Dunedin City and Sights Tour

NZ$75
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Coastal Train Shore Excursion with City Sightseeing
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Coastal Train Shore Excursion with City Sightseeing

NZ$165
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Dunedin Sightseeing Shore Excursion with Olveston House
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Dunedin Sightseeing Shore Excursion with Olveston House

NZ$80
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Royal Albatross Centre & Yellow-Eyed Penguins
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Royal Albatross Centre & Yellow-Eyed Penguins

NZ$215
Per adult

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Otago Museum showing interior views

North Dunedin

Olveston showing shopping and interior views

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