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The Octagon
Holiday Travel Guide

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.

182 Cheap Hotels Near The Octagon

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
The price is NZ$159 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.

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! (980 reviews)

"Hotel itself looks and feels a little tired but staff were great and the location was perfect."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb. 2021

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$195 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.

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! (954 reviews)

"My room didn’t have air conditioning. It came with a portable fan. The duvet was way too warm for summer temperatures."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2021

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Fable Dunedin
Fable Dunedin
5 out of 5
310 Princes St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$257 per night from 4 Apr. to 5 Apr.

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)

"Good Hotel , recently renovated, good friendly staffs, great welcome drink"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2021

Fable Dunedin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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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$159 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$195 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Fable Dunedin
Fable Dunedin
5 out of 5
310 Princes St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$257 per night from 4 Apr. to 5 Apr.
Fable Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
3.5 out of 5
10 Smith Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$132 per night from 21 Mar. to 22 Mar.
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
On Top Apartments & Hostel/Backpackers
On Top Apartments & Hostel/Backpackers
4 out of 5
12 Filleul Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$54 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.
On Top Apartments & Hostel/Backpackers
315 Euro Motel
315 Euro Motel
3.5 out of 5
315 George Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$150 per night from 28 Mar. to 29 Mar.
315 Euro Motel
Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge
Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge
4 out of 5
30 Duke Street, North Dunedin, Dunedin
The price is NZ$163 per night from 7 Apr. to 8 Apr.
Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge
Aurora On George
Aurora On George
4.5 out of 5
678 George Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$179 per night from 27 Mar. to 28 Mar.
Aurora On George
Law Courts Hotel
Law Courts Hotel
3.5 out of 5
53 Stuart Street, Cnr Cumberland & Stuart Streets, Dunedin
The price is NZ$106 per night from 6 Apr. to 7 Apr.
Law Courts Hotel
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