Guide12 Hours Dunedin

Dunedin, which is Celtic for Edinburgh, is the fifth largest city in the world in terms of geographical size. Home to the University of Otago, the only breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross, the steepest street in the world, the only authentic Chinese garden in the Southern Hemisphere, the first public art gallery in the country, and more, ‘Dunners’ is a spectacular city. With friendly people and food and drink that showcases the very best of what the bountiful region has to offer, you'll find yourself wishing you had more time. 

Interior of Woof bar in Dunedin.

Your guide to the best things to do in Dunedin

While this 12 hour guide can’t possibly cover all the things to do in Ōtepoti Dunedin, it will give you a great overview of the history and culture found here, with plenty of stops for food and drink along the way!


10am: Morning City Stroll

The Octagon, Dunedin

Find your orientation in Dunedin by taking a morning city walk. Make St Paul's Cathedral your first stop. The building stands in the heart of The Octogan and is an impressive gothic-style stone cathedral worth exploring.  From there take the short sojourn to Queens Gardens, and onto Lan Yuan Dunedin Chinese Garden, a truly unexpected delight. The gardens at Lan Yuan are an authentic example of a late Ming/early Ching Dynasty Scholar's Garden and celebrates Otago's Chinese heritage. 

Queens Gardens.

12.00pm: Explore the Warehouse Precinct

Warehouse Precinct, Dunedin

Wandering through the Warehouse Precinct’s streets and alleyways reveal some incredible gems. Art and architecture, boutique stores, street art and sculpture, sit alongside one another like old friends. The layers of history here show how the city has evolved from its industrial roots. While you're in the precinct,  it'd be remiss not to swing by Dead Soul Books for a wee browse and The Daily Coffee Co. if you need a coffee hit. 

The buildings in the Warehouse Precinct.


3.30pm: Shopping for NZ fashion down George Street

George Street

Take a stroll down George Street and discover Dunedin’s fast paced fashion scene. At Company of Strangers you’ll find unique and modern clothing and jewellry and a genuine commitment to New Zealand made and manufactured goods.

Pop into Charmaine Revely to explore the racks of delicious fabrics and the dresses which have defined this home grown Dunedin brand - you can even inquire about custom designs for your next event.

Don’t miss Plume, home of famous NZ brand NOM*D, either. The super cool heritage fit out is home to original designs from the dark and witty brand that put NZ fashion on the map in 1999.

A rack of clothing inside Charmaine Reveley.


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