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Dunedin - Things to See and Do

Dunedin is the south island’s second largest city. Bound by an exquisite harbour, locals share a raw coastline with colonies of scarce animals, such as seals, yellow-eyed penguins and royal albatrosses.

Unique natural habitats are juxtaposed against historic Edwardian buildings –characteristics that distinguish Dunedin an exclusive treasure trove of environmental and cultural splendours.

Dunedin's booming student population also marks the city as an innovative hub of arts and academia.

Dunedin Information

Population: Approx 114,000
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +12 hours
Languages: English (official)
Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Electricity: 220-230v/50 Hz

Dunedin Climate

Dunedin’s climate is affected by its topographical positioning. Its close proximity to the ocean sees the city experience warm summers and cool winters.

Summer temperatures reach 19°C and with lows of 8°C. Winter temperatures rarely exceed 13°C, and can be as cool at 3°C. Significant snowfalls occur every two to three years. Cloud coverage is frequent, with the city attracting attention for being one of New Zealand’s cloudiest.

Dunedin Airports

Name:  Dunedin International Airport
Distance to city: 30km south of Dunedin city.

Dunedin Transport

Car hire: Great choice of hire cars at mates rates from our car suppliers
Taxi: Approximate cost is NZ$60. There are no bus or train services available. 
Airport Shuttles: Door to door airport shuttles are also widely available, but should be booked in advance. Approximate cost is NZ$10-$12 per person.

Don’t forget your travel insurance.

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

4 Star Property

The sophisticated Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city. It’s an extremely convenient location for guests here on business, and is also close to shops, parks and Dunedin’s best city attractions.

Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

3 Star Property

Located right in the heart of the city, Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin is ideal for business or leisure. Otago Museum is a fifteen minute walk away, the beach ten minutes drive and the Central Business District is right on your doorstep.

Mercure Dunedin

4 Star Property

Mercure Dunedin is well located in the centre of the city of Dunedin, within walking distance of the casino and shopping centres. As well as 50 boutique style guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms and minibars, Mercure Dunedin features a bar, restaurant, meeting rooms & business centre.

LivingSpace Dunedin

3 Star Property

LivingSpace Dunedin sets the standard in modern, convenient, affordable central city accommodation. The building dates back to 1958 when it operated as a leather tanning business called Glendermid.


Dunedin is known for its locally grown and harvested produce – lending the city a reputation for serving some of New Zealand’s finest culinary delights.

An abundance of fresh seafood dishes, on menus throughout the region, reflects and praises Dunedin’s coastal locale. For a variety of seafood favourites drop by Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel; where pub fare – such as beer battered fish and chips, seafood chowder and classic fish pie – is served alongside fine dining options – like seafood platters, seafood curries and fresh fish. Try the clams… they are a south island specialty!

A gold rush in the 1860s prompted an influx of overseas migrants to relocate to Dunedin – a trend that grew the city’s multi-cultural dining scene. Dunedin’s Asian restaurants are renowned for being some of the best on offer in the country; Japanese restaurant The Jitsu comes particularly recommended. Italian is also a hit in the region, with the authentic Tuscan menu at Etrusco a local favourite.

It’s no secret that New Zealand has a long association with sheep. Making the most of the countries renowned lamb, The Palms restaurant provides a unique dining experience amidst the Queen’s Gardens in the city centre. The Palms has claimed the HANZ Best Lamb award for the past four consecutive years.

For the chocolate lovers, a trip to the Cadbury factory is a must. A guided tour through the factory proves to drive the senses into overload.


Dunedin has an exciting and lively shopping scene. Boutique stores complement large shopping malls, while antique dealers, artists’ workshops and galleries expose the city’s rich culture.

George Street in heart of the CBD is Dunedin’s fashion district. Local designers such as Tanya Carlson operate flagship stores side-by-side with boutiques like: Plume – which stocks international designers like Comme des Garcons alongside locals luminaries like Nom D and Zambesi; Dada Manifesto – which mixes local labels such as Helen Cherry, Karen Walker and To Sir With Love with their own vintage range; and Belle Bird – which stocks young Dunedin designers.

Also on George Street is the Meridian Shopping Centre – Dunedin’s biggest shopping mall. A one-stop destination for clothing, souvenirs, home wares and groceries, the centre houses over 40 specialty stores and an international food court.

For those fascinated by food and culture, the Otago markets are a must visit. Renowned throughout New Zealand, Otago is the pacific’s busiest farmer’s markets. Every Saturday morning, locals and visitors alike gather in Dunedin railway station’s north car park to peruse the endless laneways of food and cultural artefact stalls.

The city’s best variety of art can be found Gallery De Novo. Specialising in original works of art by New Zealand artists, the space exhibits photography, print making, mixed media, pencil drawing and painting.