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The Octagon

Dunedin’s city center combines some of the city’s finest historic buildings with serene parkland and relaxed cafés. 

Visit The Octagon to admire the superb cathedral and Victorian town hall, relax with a coffee at one of many open-air cafés or lie on the lawns and escape the busy city streets. Dunedin’s eight-sided central plaza is the ideal first port of call on your tour of the city.

Start your tour from the center of The Octagon and you will see the statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Burns’ nephew Thomas was one of the leading founders of the city. Sit by one of several pretty fountains nearby and admire the surrounding architecture or challenge your travel companion to a game on the giant chessboard. 

Close by, in the northwest quadrant, you will see the impressive St. Paul’s Cathedral. This 20th-century cathedral features several exquisite stained-glass windows, while towering twin spires flank the main façade. 

Next to the cathedral, you’ll see the Dunedin Town Hall. This is one of the only Victorian halls in New Zealand still used for its original purpose, as the seat of the city council. Gaze up at the impressive clock tower that sits above the main entrance and admire the arched windows and subtle stonework of the façade.

You will find the Public Art Gallery to the southwest side of the plaza. A vast array of paintings and sculptures from across the country are on display here. Check out what’s showing at the multiplex cinema and Regent Theatre, located just a few feet from the gallery. 

Take a break and check out one of the many cafés that line the streets. Back in the center of The Octagon, you’ll find plenty of grassy spaces to rest and watch the locals making their way through the square.

The Octagon connects George Street and Princes Street in the heart of the city. As well as being a popular transport hub, The Octagon is also within walking distance of most hotels and major sights.


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The Victoria Hotel Dunedin £72
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon and Dunedin Town Hall. St. Paul's Cathedral and Speight's Brewery are also within 15 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 6 minutes by foot.

    Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
    Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

    Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

    10 Smith Street, Dunedin
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Dunedin City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral, Speight's Brewery and First Church of Otago. Olveston and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum are also within 15 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 10 minutes by foot.

      Scenic Hotel Southern Cross £96
      Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

      Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

      118 High Street, Dunedin
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Dunedin City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dunedin Casino and Speight's Brewery. Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Regent Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 9 minutes by foot.

        Quest Dunedin £67
        Quest Dunedin

        Quest Dunedin

        333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Dunedin City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 5 minutes by foot.

          Law Courts Hotel £56
          Law Courts Hotel

          Law Courts Hotel

          53 Stuart Street, Cnr Cumberland & Stuart Streets, Dunedin
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of First Church of Otago, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and The Octagon. St. Paul's Cathedral and Speight's Brewery are also within 10 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is only a 2-minute walk.

            Distinction Dunedin Hotel £78
            Distinction Dunedin Hotel

            Distinction Dunedin Hotel

            6 Liverpool Street, Dunedin
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dunedin Casino and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 9 minutes by foot.

              Scenic Hotel Dunedin City £96
              Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

              Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

              123 Princes Street, Dunedin
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Dunedin City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dunedin Casino and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 8 minutes by foot.

                Leviathan Heritage Hotel Dunedin £48
                Leviathan Heritage Hotel Dunedin

                Leviathan Heritage Hotel Dunedin

                27 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium are also within 1 mile (2 km). Dunedin Railway Station is only a 3-minute walk.