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Dunedin
Travel Guide

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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The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
The price is NZ$149 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Octagon, Dunedin Town Hall and Otago Museum. Speight's Brewery and Olveston are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (982 reviews)
"The rooms in the new wing are beautifully done and I found the place to be up to a high standard of cleanliness. I was disappointed that the parking was not included in the room price and it seems a bit cheeky to ask for an extra 10$ a night considering it’s Dunedin. Otherwise staff were very polite ..."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$169 per night from 31 May to 31 May
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! (985 reviews)
"Easy walking distance to Octagon for food, drinks and shopping. Room great and facilities all good. Accommodated our request to stay an extra night with no fuss."

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Fable Dunedin
Fable Dunedin
5 out of 5
310 Princes St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$261 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)
"Excellent free continental breakfast. Our room faced the street so was noisy during the night. Booked a king size bed but looked like a Queen."

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Fable Dunedin
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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 16 May to 16 May
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! (447 reviews)
"Was an excellent property being so close to the centre of Dunedin. Good large room and very friendly staff, would be happy to stay here again"

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
March Apartments
March Apartments
3.5 out of 5
51 Shetland Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$128 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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! (170 reviews)
"Very clean and friendly staff, easy access to the rooms"

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2021

March Apartments
Superior Dunedin Apartments
Superior Dunedin Apartments
3 out of 5
47 Howorth Road, Dunedin, Otago
The price is NZ$107 per night from 17 May to 17 May
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! (62 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
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