Discover the greatest places to eat, drink, shop, and explore in Dunedin.

Taking its name from the Gaelic word for Edinburgh, there’s no denying Dunedin has a lot in common with its sister city across the globe.

Heritage buildings throughout this Southern town remind you that you’re in a place with history — let’s not forget New Zealand’s very own Larnach Castle exists on the outskirts. ‘Scarfies’ flock here to study at the renowned University of Otago, and make up a large portion of the overall population, making this a young, playful, and ambitious town that works in perfect juxtaposition with its Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

Visitors come to check out the world’s steepest street and the local Speights Brewery, which has kept cold beers in the hands of Southerners for over 140 years. And if they’re coming from London, then it’s going to be a long flight as Dunedin is the farthest city in the world from the big UK super city.

Impressive wildlife also calls Dunedin home, with the world’s only royal albatross colony perched atop the Otago Peninsula, alongside several penguin and seal colonies. Wild surf breaks, coastal beaches, and icy winters appeal to the rugged, but a growing love for fashion, literature, art, and hospitality, creates a diverse destination.

12 Hours Dunedin

The Dunedin Railway Station.

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. 

The Finest Guide to Exploring Te Aka Ōtākou Otago Harbour Trail

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Dunedin

One of the newest cycle trails to hit New Zealand Aotearoa is the Te Aka Ōtākou in Dunedin. This stunning 30+ km trail circumnavigates its way around the inner Otago Harbour from Port Chalmers to Portobello with a standout 10-minute scenic ferry service to cross the Harbour.

New Zealand’s Top Hotels For Unforgettable Staycations

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Auckland

Forget the stale hotel stereotypes; New Zealand's staycation scene is flourishing with bold character and unrivalled charm.

A Guide to Dunedin Fashion and One of a Kind Pieces

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Dunedin

Here’s our guide to finding the famous and more fringe Dunedin fashion stores.

A Beer Lover's Guide to Eating and Drinking in Dunedin

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Dunedin

Home to the oldest beer in the country, the Dunedin brewing scene is buzzing.

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Maggies

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Maggies has gained a reputation for their ridiculously good coffee, food and juices.

Noisy Brewing Company

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Noisy Brewing Co. is a boutique brewing company making waves in the Dunedin beer scene.

Prohibition Smokehouse

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Prohibition Smokehouse in Dunedin has earned a reputation as the pièce de résistance for some of the best steak in the city.

Ebb Dunedin

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Ebb Dunedin is a visionary masterpiece. Award-winning architect Gary Todd has - with much aplomb - excelled in bringing this modernist hotel to Dunedin’s cityscape.

Get your Pocket Guide for Dunedin

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Discover the greatest places to eat, drink, shop, and explore in Dunedin.

Pavement

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Step off the street and into Pavement and, trust us, you won’t look back.

Steamer Basin Brewery & Taproom

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Steamer Basin is hidden, yes. Secret? No. The journey may begin to feel like a wild goose chase, but persevere and you’ll be rewarded with micro-brewing gold.

Woof!

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A one-stop shop for any and all libations.

The Swan

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An eatery and taproom with great vibes, local flavours, live gigs, fresh coffee, cosy nooks and a sunshine-laden outdoor seating area.

Good Good

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A mean spot for burgers, beers and vibey energy.

Patti's & Cream

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You’ll find burgers and scoops on the menu here that will simply knock your socks off.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

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The jewel in Dunedin's crown.

The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery

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A museum unlike any other, this is local artist Bruce Mahalski’s greatest work.

Esplanade

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Beachfront and Italian may not be the most common marriage on New Zealand shores, but it’s a marriage that works well at St Clair’s Esplanade.

Bay Rd Peanut Butter

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Peanut butter has been, and will continue to be, the unsung hero of breakfasts and lunches everywhere.

The Tart Tin

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The Tart Tin keeps limited hours and for good reason.

Gallery De Novo

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Fine art can be intimidating but here it’s light, exciting and even fun.