8 Things to do in Dunedin, New Zealand

Updated: Mar 21, 2021

Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. It has a population of approximately 130,000 and was settled by the Maori and later the Scottish.

Dunedin, coming from the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh is where the University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest university is found. The city is known for having a large proportion of their population being students, with approximately 20,000 of the 130,000 being students.

There is lots to see and do in Dunedin. Here are my recommendations for the top 8 things to do whilst in Dunedin.

1. Tunnel beach

Located on the south side of Dunedin, Tunnel Beach has some spectacular views. The walk down to the beach is approximately one hour return (the way back up is quite steep). The beach gets its name from the tunnel carved through the cliff you have to walk through to reach the beach.

2. Settlers museum

Learn about New Zealand’s history and be taken back in time in this interactive museum built within Dunedin’s old bus station. There are a range of exhibits and something for everyone. Entry is free.

3. Signal hill

For some great views of Dunedin, don’t miss Signal Hill. From the top you will get views of the whole city.

4. Baldwin Street

Baldwin Street is the steepest residential street in the world and has become one of Dunedin’s attractions. It’s a steep climb to the top but well worth it.

5. The Octagon

The centre of Dunedin is based around the Octagon. The Octagon is an 8 sided plaza in the city centre. Lined with shops, restaurants and historic buildings you will find plenty to do here.

6. Street art

Dunedin is well known for its street art, you can spot many different artworks throughout the city.

7. Cafe Hopping

Dunedin is home to many cafes, restaurants and bars. A few to check out are: Morning Magpie, Potpourri Vegetarian Cafe, Best Cafe and OCHO

8. Farmers markets, Dunedin central train station

If you are in Dunedin on a Saturday it’s well worth a visit to the Otago Farmers Markets. Full of fresh local produce, the markets are a great way to start your morning and meet the locals. The markets are at the Dunedin Railway Station, which is undoubtedly the most iconic building in the city. Opening in 1906, it is nicknamed the ‘Gingerbread House’ due to its grand architecture and embellishments.

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