"Dunedin - "The Edinburgh of the South"." Top 5 Page for this destination Dunedin by worldkiwi

Dunedin Travel Guide: 342 reviews and 819 photos

Dunedin is the "capital" of Otago province in NZ's South Island. The city is home to just over 100 000 people, so by world standards it isn't that big. One of the things that struck me about the place though is that it has more life in its centre than you'd expect. There is a wide variety of restaurants and good cafes abound. The central 'square' is called The Octagon, for obvous reasons when you see it and is bordered by some nice cafes at which to take coffee. Dunedin is also NZ's oldest city and as a result there is a collection of picturesque old buildings - many of beautiful stone work - and a walk around the city to see them is a must do at some stage. The city also prides itself on its Scottish heritage, though this isn't always obvious when you're walking around town. It is home to a huge univeristy student population from around the country and the world, so Dunedin is a little more cosmipolitan than one might expect. I really enjoyed my time in this compact and well organised city and can thoroughly recommend that you spend some time there!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Glorious buildings, lots of good cafes, easy to get around, heaps to do and see.
  • Cons:It can be very cold, lots of traffic lights if you're driving.
  • In a nutshell:A compact city, in an attractive location. Wonderful heritage and a big city feel - despite its size.
  • Last visit to Dunedin: Apr 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Intrepidduck's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2007 at 11:31 PM

    Good information on a truely charming place.

  • allikat's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2004 at 7:57 PM

    Some great Dunedin tips mate - I quite liked the place but haven't been able to spend much time there yet. Beautiful architecture, and there is a definite Scottish feel to the surrounding countryside.

  • 80-bettyboo's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2004 at 3:24 AM

    Well, good tips. I have been here for 8 months now and I love it except the weather. It's always chilly, windy...even though it's summer..

  • Geoff_Wright's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2004 at 4:42 AM

    Really great page Glenn. The B and B looks great too. Wonderful experiences.

  • goga4444's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2003 at 10:13 AM

    very nice pics and tips:)

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2003 at 12:36 AM

    Glenn...great presentation, Dunedin looks & is great!! you got that Castle!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jul 28, 2003 at 1:15 PM

    Thanks so much for such a great page! Dunedin looks beautiful, it's so wonderful that they preserved the architecture. Thanks for all the great pictures too!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2003 at 7:10 AM

    Wot! The train from Chch no longer runs! (Great page!)

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2003 at 7:10 PM

    Looking great so far Glenn!! Let me know when it's completed and I'll come back. - Pam.

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2003 at 4:54 PM

    Nice job. Keep up the good work. When I was in elementary school, I used to know this girl (now a lady) from there whose daddy was a doctor doing an exchange programme up here.


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