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The Octagon
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The Octagon which includes heritage elements and a church or cathedral as well as a large group of people

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

Visit The Octagon to admire the superb cathedral and Victorian town hall, relax with a coffee at one of many open-air cafés or lie on the lawns and escape the busy city streets. Dunedin’s eight-sided central plaza is the ideal first port of call on your tour of the city.

Start your tour from the center of The Octagon and you will see the statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Burns’ nephew Thomas was one of the leading founders of the city. Sit by one of several pretty fountains nearby and admire the surrounding architecture or challenge your travel companion to a game on the giant chessboard.

Close by, in the northwest quadrant, you will see the impressive St. Paul’s Cathedral. This 20th-century cathedral features several exquisite stained-glass windows, while towering twin spires flank the main façade.

Next to the cathedral, you’ll see the Dunedin Town Hall. This is one of the only Victorian halls in New Zealand still used for its original purpose, as the seat of the city council. Gaze up at the impressive clock tower that sits above the main entrance and admire the arched windows and subtle stonework of the façade.

You will find the Public Art Gallery to the southwest side of the plaza. A vast array of paintings and sculptures from across the country are on display here. Check out what’s showing at the multiplex cinema and Regent Theatre, located just a few feet from the gallery.

Take a break and check out one of the many cafés that line the streets. Back in the center of The Octagon, you’ll find plenty of grassy spaces to rest and watch the locals making their way through the square.

The Octagon connects George Street and Princes Street in the heart of the city. As well as being a popular transport hub, The Octagon is also within walking distance of most hotels and major sights.

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Quest Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
4 out of 5
333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$138 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dunedin Railways and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (562 reviews)
"Was very central, clean and tidy and good in room facilities"

Reviewed on 22 Jun. 2021

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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$169 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
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! (981 reviews)
"Excellent location based in the heart of the city. Great service, room was clean and tidy."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
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The price is NZ$178 per night from 26 Jun. to 26 Jun.
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! (990 reviews)
"Friendly and helpful check in staff and waitresses in restaurant. Delicious meals."

Reviewed on 2 Jun. 2021

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
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On Top Apartments & Hostel/Backpackers
On Top Apartments & Hostel/Backpackers
4 out of 5
12 Filleul Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$56 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
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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$169 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$178 per night from 26 Jun. to 26 Jun.
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Quest Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
4 out of 5
333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$138 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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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 15 Jul. to 15 Jul.
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Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
3.5 out of 5
10 Smith Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$134 per night from 25 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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Distinction Dunedin Hotel
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
4 out of 5
6 Liverpool Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$234 per night from 15 Jul. to 15 Jul.
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Fable Dunedin
Fable Dunedin
5 out of 5
310 Princes St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$261 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
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Leviathan Heritage Hotel Dunedin
Leviathan Heritage Hotel Dunedin
2.5 out of 5
27 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
The price is NZ$92 per night from 26 Jun. to 26 Jun.
Leviathan Heritage Hotel Dunedin
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