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.

Known for

Tour, Museums and Gardens

Top hotels in Dunedin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
NZ$199
per night
19 Oct. - 20 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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,292 reviews)

"The room was Comfortable and quiet and staff were friendly ."…"

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 2019

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
3.5 out of 5
10 Smith Street, Dunedin
NZ$139
per night
29 Oct. - 30 Oct.

Located in Dunedin City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral, Speight's Brewery and First Church of Otago. Olveston ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,122 reviews)

"Our room was lovely and clean; bed was super comfortable and perfect location for us"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2019

Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
NZ$139
per night
20 Oct. - 21 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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,147 reviews)

"We were welcomed by the most professional and well presented staff and the hotel was just perfect. I will absolutely be back and will recommend it to everyone. Even the coffee was exceptionally good!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2019

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

Popular activities in Dunedin

St. Clair Beach
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St. Clair Beach

4.5/5(201 reviews)

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

Larnach Castle
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Larnach Castle

4.5/5(132 reviews)

Discover tales of romance and tragedy, see rare Victorian furniture and take in stunning ocean vistas at New Zealand’s only castle. 

Speight's Brewery
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Speight's Brewery

4.5/5(59 reviews)

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

Otago Museum
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Otago Museum

4.5/5(102 reviews)

Find prehistoric fossils and ancient statues. Learn all about the enthralling cultural and physical history of New Zealand.

Olveston
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Olveston

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Enjoy stunning artwork and beautiful 20th-century design features at one of the Otago region’s finest manor houses.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

4.5/5(71 reviews)

The extensive collection of interactive displays and intricate scale models bring the fascinating history of the Otago region to life.

Top activities in Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Scenic Railway Ticket
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Taieri Gorge Scenic Railway Ticket

NZ$109

Explore the beautiful scenery east of Dunedin as you travel by train through the majestic Taieri Gorge. The ever-changing scenery and dramatic landscapes provide an idyllic backdrop for a memorable journey through some of New Zealand's finest landscapes.

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

NZ$179

Embark on a stunning rail ride through the picturesque Taieri Gorge before immersing yourself in the Victorian and Edwardian architecture of Dunedin. Your train journey is filled with magnificent natural and man-made sights that paint a picture of a bygone era.

2-Hour Dunedin City Guided Segway Tour
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2-Hour Dunedin City Guided Segway Tour

NZ$130

Our Two Hour Premium tours begin with comprehensive training. Segways are intuitive to ride. We’ll get you up and moving safely and skillfully in next to no time. This is the ultimate Segway experience and really is our most popular tour.

60-Minute Dunedin City Segway Taster Tour
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60-Minute Dunedin City Segway Taster Tour

NZ$80

Our one hour Taster tours begin with comprehensive training. Segways are intuitive to ride. We will get you up and moving safely and skillfully in next to no time. Then we’re off around inner city Dunedin Get a sense of the history and stories of the colonial past, the relationships of Tangata Whenua with the Scottish settlers.

Guided Tour of Olveston Historic Home
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Guided Tour of Olveston Historic Home

NZ$23

Walk among the fine furnishings, grand interiors, and lovely gardens of the Olveston Historic Home, a time capsule that's remained unchanged since it was the home of the wealthy Theomin family of Dunedin.

Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway & Otago Peninsula Tour
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Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway & Otago Peninsula Tour

NZ$205

Get to know the best of Otago on a tour that combines 2 of Dunedin's favorite attractions. With a ride along the Taieri Gorge Railway and sightseeing on the Otago Peninsula, this journey shows you the natural wonders in the remarkable scenery of inland and coastal Otago alike.

Reviews of Dunedin

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
315
5 - Excellent 45%
4 - Good
328
4 - Good 46.857142857142854%
3 - Okay
51
3 - Okay 7.285714285714286%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 0.7142857142857143%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Greg

15 Oct. 2019

Beautiful City which we will visit again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

10 Oct. 2019

Lots of great dining options

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

8 Oct. 2019

Love the place, could not live there. Enjoyed 85% of the 'Tairia gorge train" and good on those volunteers to keep me *(+1) interested.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

7 Oct. 2019

Wonderful buildings, lovely scenery, easy access to most places, a place I felt safe in

4/5 - Good

RS

6 Oct. 2019

The city is lovely. This accomodation is dreadful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

4 Oct. 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the historic town of Dunedin and had an exceptional experience at The Larnach Castle and The Distinction Dunedin Hotel.

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