The Octagon

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

161 Cheap Hotels Near The Octagon

Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
3.5 out of 5
10 Smith Street, Dunedin, 9016
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The price is NZ$159 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Dunedin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4/5 Very Good! (996 reviews)
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"Awesome stay as usual. Great accommodation and great staff!"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2022

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The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$160 per night from 11 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Dunedin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Close to centre of town. Bug unfortunately the new hospital is being built across the road so its going to be noisy for a few years but this wont stop me staying there in the future"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2022

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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin, 9016
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The price is NZ$179 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Dunedin. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (998 reviews)
"Comfortable and spacious room well equipped"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2022

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
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Quest Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
4 out of 5
333 Cumberland St, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$137 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Quest Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$160 per night from 11 Aug. to 12 Aug.
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
3.5 out of 5
10 Smith Street, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$159 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$179 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
4.5 out of 5
123 Princes Street, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$179 per night from 12 Aug. to 13 Aug.
Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
4.5 out of 5
6 Liverpool Street, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$237 per night from 19 Aug. to 20 Aug.
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
The Chamberson
The Chamberson
3.5 out of 5
77 Stuart Street, Dunedin, Otago, 9016
The price is NZ$199 per night from 11 Aug. to 12 Aug.
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Fable Dunedin
Fable Dunedin
5 out of 5
310 Princes St, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$285 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Fable Dunedin
Dunedin Palms Motel
Dunedin Palms Motel
4.5 out of 5
185 high st, Dunedin, Dunedin, 9016
The price is NZ$180 per night from 18 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Dunedin Palms Motel
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