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The Octagon

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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Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin NZ$117
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

10 Smith Street, Dunedin
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum are also within 15 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 10 minutes by foot.

    315 Euro Motel NZ$135
    315 Euro Motel

    315 Euro Motel

    315 George Street, Dunedin
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 20 minutes by foot.

      Distinction Dunedin Hotel NZ$169
      Distinction Dunedin Hotel

      Distinction Dunedin Hotel

      6 Liverpool Street, Dunedin
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 9 minutes by foot.

        Scenic Hotel Southern Cross NZ$143
        Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

        Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

        118 High Street, Dunedin
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 are also within 10 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 16 minutes by foot.

          The Chamberson NZ$130
          The Chamberson

          The Chamberson

          77 Stuart Street, Dunedin, Otago
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, The Octagon and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. St. Paul's Cathedral and Speight's Brewery are also within 10 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is only a 3-minute walk.

            Quest Dunedin NZ$125
            Quest Dunedin

            Quest Dunedin

            333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              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 Forsyth Barr Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 5 minutes by foot.

              Bluestone On George NZ$176
              Bluestone On George

              Bluestone On George

              571 George Street, Dunedin
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Dunedin City Centre, this eco-friendly motel is within a 10-minute walk of Otago Museum and University of Otago. The Octagon and Forsyth Barr Stadium are also within 1 mile (2 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 18 minutes by foot.

                The Victoria Hotel Dunedin NZ$129
                The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

                The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

                137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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 and Speight's Brewery are also within 15 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 6 minutes by foot.