A vibrant city in the heart
of a wilderness paradise
Welcome to Dunedin, the second-largest city in New Zealand's
Dunedin has a vibrant, creative energy - evidenced in its quirky
boutiques, galleries and thriving design industry. It's also a
major academic centre and home to the University of Otago, New
Zealand's first and most prestigious university.
For more information about Dunedin and its many attractions,
visit the city's official website www.dunedinnz.com
The climate is temperate: warm summers and cool winters.
The city's 8-sided main plaza is called The Octagon, and is home
to attractions, shopping and dining.
Dunedin's compact centre means that many hotels are in the heart
of the city, making it easy for guests to get around and see the
Many sights are within walking distance of the city centre, with
buses and taxis also available. A rental car will take you further
afield to explore the beautiful Otago region.
Dining & Entertainment
The city's dining options range from elegant to casual. For
old-world Scottish indulgence you can visit cosy pubs and even an
extensive Whiskey bar serving up over 300 varieties of the golden
The multi-storey Dunedin Public Art Gallery is in The Octagon,
and if you fancy an evening of live theatre the world's
southernmost professional theatre, The Fortune Theatre, is also
History & Architecture
First settled by the Scottish, Dunedin has the largest
concentration of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in New Zealand.
Landmarks such as the gothic revival Anglican Cathedral in The
Octagon and the nearby "gingerbread-style" Dunedin Railway Station
are impressive even to non-architecture buffs.
Landscapes & Wildlife
Set on a spectacular waterfront and surrounded by old volcanic
hills, Dunedin has intriguing local wildlife including fur seals,
sea lions and the rare yellow-eyed penguin. A wildlife cruise
around the harbour is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon.
Dunedin is the gateway to the wider Otago region, where you'll
find stunning rugged landscapes and vistas. The nearby seaside
settlements of Karitane and Port Chalmers provide the perfect
settings for daytripping.