Signal Hill

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Signal Hill

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

Signal Hill is a hilltop observation point that rises above the northeast region of Dunedin’s city centre. Come here to enjoy some peace and quiet while surrounded by inspiring natural scenery. Marvel at the panoramic views of the city’s coastline and spot historic landmarks. At its highest point Signal Hill reaches 393 metres (1,289 feet) and is encompassed by picturesque parkland.

Choose from a number of ways to reach the hill and lookout. The easiest way is to drive for about 15 minutes from the city centre. For a more adventurous experience, walk from The Octagon to Logan Park and then follow the trails uphill. Depending on your fitness level, you should allow about 2 hours to reach the summit. Alternatively, rent a bike and ride up via the main road or hillside tracks.

Upon reaching the peak you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views of Dunedin’s countryside. Marvel at the undulating green hills, which frame the city centre. Look down on Otago Harbour and the rolling landscape of Otago Peninsula. Gaze out across the glistening water of the Pacific Ocean. Try to spot the towers and turrets of Larnach Castle, a 19th-century fortress set in the hills of Otago Peninsula.

When you reach the hilltop, look for the Otago Centennial Memorial, a monument that commemorates the centenary of New Zealand becoming a British colony. Note the two Buddha-like bronze statues, which represent history and the thread of life.

Extend your time here and explore the native bush of the adjoining Burns Park Scenic Reserve. If coming here by bike then tackle the Big Easy trail, a natural track that weaves downhill to the beaches on Otago Harbour. Here it’s often possible to see seals and sea lions swimming in the waves.

Free parking is available at Signal Hill. Rent bikes and any necessary equipment from bike shops in the city centre. Bear in mind that frost and snowfall can make the trails hazardous during the winter months.

177 Cheap Hotels Near Signal Hill

Dunedin Leisure Lodge - A Distinction Hotel
Dunedin Leisure Lodge - A Distinction Hotel
4 out of 5
30 Duke Street, North Dunedin, Dunedin
The price is NZ$156 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
Located in North Dunedin, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dunedin Botanic Garden and University of Otago. Otago Museum and Olveston are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (986 reviews)
"Good location, heaps of parking, warm and comfortable beds. Shower was small not much room getting in and out."

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2021

Dunedin Leisure Lodge - A Distinction Hotel
Bluestone On George
Bluestone On George
5 out of 5
571 George Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$189 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Located in North Dunedin, this eco-friendly motel is within a 10-minute walk of Otago Museum and University of Otago. Olveston and Dunedin Botanic Garden are ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (810 reviews)
"Room was spacious tatsefully decorated and warm. Bed was super comfy. Location was an easy 5 minute walk into town. Views over Dunedin and the staff were friendly and super helpful."

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2021

Bluestone On George
Top floor 3 bed apartment in the iconic Tiger Tea Building
Top floor 3 bed apartment in the iconic Tiger Tea Building
203 Ravensbourne Road, Dunedin, Otago
Located in Ravensbourne, this historic apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Otago Peninsula and 2 mi (3.3 km) from University of Otago. Forsyth Barr Stadium ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Love this place. Everything was perfect
"Great location close to city with wonderful views over the harbour. Well appointed property with everything we needed."

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2021

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Cable Court Motel
Cable Court Motel
4 out of 5
833 Cumberland Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$145 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
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Dunedin Leisure Lodge - A Distinction Hotel
Dunedin Leisure Lodge - A Distinction Hotel
4 out of 5
30 Duke Street, North Dunedin, Dunedin
The price is NZ$156 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
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Bluestone On George
5 out of 5
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The price is NZ$189 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
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Top floor 3 bed apartment in the iconic Tiger Tea Building
Top floor 3 bed apartment in the iconic Tiger Tea Building
203 Ravensbourne Road, Dunedin, Otago
Top floor 3 bed apartment in the iconic Tiger Tea Building
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Fable Dunedin
5 out of 5
310 Princes St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$210 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
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The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
The price is NZ$168 per night from 25 Sep. to 25 Sep.
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Baldwin Street Retreat
3.5 out of 5
46 Baldwin Street, Dunedin
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Charming Villa On Tree Lined Street
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315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
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315 George Street, Dunedin
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