Dunedin Travel Guide

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Dunedin Highlights

  • Pro
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    leighdave says…

     Loads to do, Great nightlife, close to other towns, good uni, 

  • Con
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    worldkiwi says…

     It can be very cold, lots of traffic lights if you're driving. 

  • In a nutshell
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    mooloo_thing says…

     Stunning Scenery, Amazing Buildings, A bit too Cold for my liking! 

Dunedin Things to Do

  • Train Station

    One of the nice things about Dunedin is that there is a lot to see in a very small area. In the center there are many impressive buildings, such as this train station which has a awesome building...We arrived here late and it start to get dark, we have no enough photos around the city

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  • Steepest Street

    In a suburb of Dunedin is Baldwin Street. This famous street is the most-steepest street in the world with a gradient of up to 35 percent. An architect from London drew the street-plan in the nineteenth- century without ever having been in Dunedin. The impossible slope of Baldwin Street is actually an accidentIs incredibly hilly I can't hardly...

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  • Railway Station

    In its early days, the station was the country's busiest, handling up to 100 trains a day. This station was constructed in 1903-04 and features Flemish Renaissance architecture and is a real gem! The main entrance has almost 750,000 Minton tiles with several railroad themed mosaics scattered around. There are 2 stained glass windows featuring...

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Dunedin Restaurants

  • The Palms

    The Palms Restaurant is set in a older style building,looking out at the Queens Garden. We booked in for my daughter's 18th birthday and ate the most delicious food. The presentation, taste,quantity and staff are to be recommended. This is a 5star plus restaurant in Dunedin. I'd recommend you try here and won't be disappointed. I tried the NZ Lamb....

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  • The Albert Arms Tavern

    This solid establishment is world famous in Dunedin for its yummy doorstep toasted sandwiches. You can get other hearty pub fare at student prices. The Albert is a nice plcae to while away a windy Otago afternoon watching the rugby or cricket. Doorstep toasted sandwich of course!!

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  • Affordable good food.

    Robbies is a Bar and Bistro chain with 16 restaurants in the South Island of New Zealand. They offer a pleasant atmosphere and quality and quantity at a reasonable price. There was a nice fire burning and even though they were busy we didn't have to wait too long for our meals. The staff were very friendly. The menu is available by clicking on the...

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Dunedin Nightlife

  • Great Irish Bar

    The Bog is a great, friendly Irish bar and restaurant right in downtown Dunedin. It has a very relaxed, comfortable, and fun atmosphere, with quiz night on Mondays, open mic on Tuesdays, and live music Fridays and Saturdays. Awesome fries, Guinness beer. Highly recommended.

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  • "MyFirst Night club"

    When I was a student (both school and polytech) this WAS the place to be and be seen!!The line outside was always long and the club was always packed!!Music was R&B and chart stuff which is what I was into back then and I can imagine its still the same.The best bit about KCs was the cheap drinks - we used to get "shakers" for $5 and have shots all...

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  • Dunedin Casino

    The Dunedin Casino is a small casino conveniently located at the Southern Cross Hotel near to Princess Street. The casino opens until about 3am and you need to dress up formal attire to enter. I managed to win some money playing jackpot at the casino.

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Dunedin Transportation

  • Bus from the Cruise Ship Terminal to the...

    -Many people arrive by cruise ship in Port Chalmers and look for a budget transportation alternative to the expensive tours offered by the cruise company.Nothing easier than this.There is a public bus route from Port Chalmers to the city centre of Dunedin. The trip takes only 20 minutes.Here are the timetables:To the...

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  • The Taieri Gorge Railway

    -This is a 77km journey starting daily (except Christmas Day) at Dunedin's historic Railway Station. It leads through the spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across old viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. You can make the return journey to Pukerangi or Middlemarch, or use the train as one leg of your journey to or from...

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  • Long Distance Shuttles

    -There are some good shuttle services from Dunedin to Queenstown and Wanaka, and this clearly is the way to go if you are on a budget.A shuttle bus from the CBD to the airport would already cost you NZ$ 30, and a taxi about $ 75, add the airfare, then the transportation from Queenstown Airport to the town centre (not far though, so not expensive)…...

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Dunedin Shopping

  • Unique Ceramics

    Happy Hens StudioI had seen "Happy Hens" before, and decided what a different, unique gift these would make. We found the studio on our way down the Otago peninusula. This is where the Happy Hens begin, where you can see them being made from the start to the finish, including the hand painting of the hens. If you look closely at them, and know...

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  • Souvenir shopping

    This shop had a good range of souvenirs, and, best of all for us, in comparing prices, it was the most reasonably priced souvenir shop which we came across on the trip. Many nice Paua shell items, including jewellery, souvenir mugs, ceramics, postcards, toy Kiwi birds and lots lots more. Depends on the souvenir, but I managed to buy some nice...

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  • Meridian Shopping Mall

    The Meridian Shopping Mall is another of the many shopping areas which line George Street at the heart of the city.

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Dunedin Local Customs

  • Dunedin Students Love Alcohol and Litter

    Although Dunedin is a wonderful city you can get a very bad impression if you unknowingly walk into the wrong neighbourhoods at the wrong time of the year. I speak of the student areas between the university and the Botanic Garden. Every year there are big discussions in the local newspaper, the Otago Daily Times, about the litter and noise caused...

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  • Knox College

    Knox College opened in 1909, serving the University of Otago as an affiliated residential college. It is a community of scholars consisting of more than 200 undergraduate and postgraduate residents and 50 non-resident postgraduate and academic members engaged in many different studies. Knox College is also the home of the School of Ministry of the...

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  • Water of Leith

    The Water of Leith flows through Otago University grounds past 120 year old buildings and new post-modern architecture. Each year during 'OWeek', first-years are made to perform ancient rituals by second-years which often include a dip in the Leith.Sadly this once majestic waterway is now reduced to a mere 10th of what it used to be.Conservation...

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Dunedin Warnings and Dangers

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    If you surf in St Clair beach be careful of shark attacks. In the past surfers have lost arms and legs to sharks despite the shark nets.

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Dunedin Tourist Traps

  • Cadbury Chocolate tour

    The Tour of Cadbury Chocolate factory is very over rated and very over priced. You get to see only a little of the packing areas and what they called a 20' "chocolate" waterfall. It really is chocolate, but not very impressive. Don't expect much, be prepared to wear full face coverings, hair nets and booties. Tour the railroad station, Ovelston,...

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  • The world's steepest street?

    According to the Guiness Book of Records, Baldwin Street, in north Dunedin is the world's steepest street. I've classed this as a tourist trap, just to have something in this category. It is not really very insidious and the street has some nice verge gardening that neighbouring streets don't. It's worth going to have a look at if you're in the...

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Dunedin What to Pack

  • My Bag

    Again, a good comfortable pair of walking shoes is a must. A raincoat / umbrealla for a rainy day is needed. Can be easily found in the city center. Can be easily found in the city center. Can be easily found in the city center.

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  • Pack some warm clothes!

    It gets pretty cold in Dunedin. Make sure you have a warm jacket and woolen gloves might be a good idea in autumn and winter. Actually, you'll need more than gloves I believe if you go in winter (June-August).

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Dunedin Off The Beaten Path

  • Port Chalmers

    Port Chalmers is located on the north shore of Otago harbour and is the deep water port for Otago. A short, 15 minute drive from Dunedin, and we were here! We found a nice lookout here, where my photo was taken from, it had great views of the port area, and of the beautiful Iona church. Port Chalmer's is also famous because the last Antarctic...

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  • The Catlins

    Waipapa Point is one of several places along the Catlins Coast where it is possible to see Hooker’s Sea Lions. These endangered animals are found mostly at the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands, but a few live on the Otago Peninsula, the Catlins Coast, and on and around Stewart Island. Much larger and more aggressive than the shy New Zealand Fur Seal,...

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  • Larnach Castle

    On the Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle is open daily for both guided and independent tours and has a huge collection of New Zealand antiques, situated within 35 acres of gardens and grounds. The Barker Family, present-day owners, have lovingly restored this historic castle. Built in 1871 by a local Member of Parliament, Sir William Larnach, the...

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Dunedin Sports & Outdoors

  • Carisbrook Stadium

    Carisbrook Stadium - home of the Highlanders Rugby Team and known as the House of Pain.The Highlanders are Otago's rugby union team, so called because the area (they're based in Dunedin) was settled by the Scots and so has a strong Scottish influence. Rugby is very big in New Zealand, and everyone will tell you their team is the best. I would be...

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  • Rugby at "the house of pain"

    I used to absolutely LOVE going to watch then Otago Highlanders and the All Blacks play at Carisbrook or "the house of pain"All my friends and I would go and stand in the Terrace with all the students and yell,drink and really enjoy the game and atmosphere.They won most times and all the fans would then walk into town and always have an awesome...

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  • The House Of Pain

    The House of Pain is Dunedin's legendary home of the Otage Highlanders.Rugby is the game and winning is our aim!!! Beer and lots of it!!!Can't bring your own but is beer tents there at the ground.A rainjacket as you never know when its gunna rain!!

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Dunedin Favorites

  • The Octagon

    The Octagon is the central "square" [actually and obviously an octagon] in the centre of the city. It is well laid out with a nice covered walkway alongside the road thru the middle. A variety of people hang out here, from students, to vagrants to diners and tourists. There are a few eateries around the perimeter, cafés and restaurants and...

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  • SOUTHERN SCENIC ROUTE

    The Southern Scenic route is what we followed all the way to Invercargill and onto Milford Sound. We only missed a couple of small sections, they were at the start, we joined it at Taieri Mouth which is 35kms from Dunedin.A little further on near Fortrose, we detoured off, and did the scenic coastal route.THIS IS A MUST DO ROUTE, VERY SCENIC IN...

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  • Speights – Centre of the Liquor...

    -You see, I have worked hard to find the right angle to get this contradiction into a photo: a sign which shows that you are in an area where it is not allowed to drink alcohol in the open, and the Speights Brewery in the middle of it.Such Liquor Restriction Areas are common in all cities in New Zealand. In Dunedin the bylaw that prohibited the...

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