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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
The price is NZ$137 per night

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! (982 reviews)

"Great place to stay, the Sunday breakfast buffet was outstanding."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2020

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
4 out of 5
333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$145 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (534 reviews)

"Tidy, stylish, convenient. Parking available but extra."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2020

Quest Dunedin
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$161 per night

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! (982 reviews)

"Great reception. Limited parking though. Good room space but getting tired I think. Would stay here again"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2020

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

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.

Larnach Castle
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Larnach Castle

4.5/5(186 reviews)

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

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.

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
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 City, Otago Peninsula & Albatross Guided Tour
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Dunedin City, Otago Peninsula & Albatross Guided Tour

NZ$230
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Full-Day Royal Peninsula Tour to Dunedin & Otago Peninsula
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Shore Excursion: Full-Day Royal Peninsula Tour to Dunedin & Otago Peninsula

NZ$205
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket

NZ$35
Per adult

Reviews of Dunedin

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 44.31924882629108%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 47.79342723004695%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.042253521126761%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.6572769953051644%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.18779342723004694%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 May 2020

found the people, especially the shopkeepers took their responsibilities to the corona virus very serious which as a visitor from Christchurch was really comforting

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 May 2020

I like Dunedin and travel here regularly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Mar. 2020

Otago farmers market is excellent, high quality stalls. Lovely atmosphere. Settlers museum recommend this free world class museum to all.

5/5 - Excellent

Josie

18 Mar. 2020

Great atmosphere, city and people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Mar. 2020

Friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar. 2020

Loved Dunedin

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