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.

179 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 25 Sep. to 25 Sep.
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! (984 reviews)
"the room was warm when I arrived, and a great bed and a decent nights sleep, would love to stay again"

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2021

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Fable Dunedin
Fable Dunedin
5 out of 5
310 Princes St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$210 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
Located in Dunedin City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dunedin Casino and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (89 reviews)
"Definitely has the feeling of an international chain rather than a boutique hotel. Asked for a room with a window and this seemed to be a bit of a big deal. The heating was hard to control so our room was cold and we had to ring the desk to get them to adjust it, and were then blasted all night. ..."

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

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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$169 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
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! (992 reviews)
"Really nice rooms and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 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$58 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
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Fable Dunedin
Fable Dunedin
5 out of 5
310 Princes St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$210 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
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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 25 Sep. to 25 Sep.
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$169 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
3.5 out of 5
10 Smith Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$142 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
4 out of 5
333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$139 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
Quest Dunedin
Leviathan Heritage Hotel Dunedin
Leviathan Heritage Hotel Dunedin
2.5 out of 5
27 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
The price is NZ$89 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
Leviathan Heritage Hotel Dunedin
315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
315 George Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$160 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
315 Euro Motel & Serviced Apartments
Law Courts Hotel
Law Courts Hotel
3.5 out of 5
53 Stuart Street, Cnr Cumberland & Stuart Streets, Dunedin
The price is NZ$128 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Law Courts Hotel
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