Dunedin city has many beautiful and interesting sights, most notable being the stunning block and stone buildings such as the much photographed Dunedin Railway Station, the Municipal Chambers, the Town Hall and Otago Boys High School to name a few. There are several churches within easy walking distance of the Octagon including St Pauls Cathedral, First Church, Knox Church and St Josephs Cathedral that are also well worth a visit.
The Octagon is the heart of Dunedin City and the place to start if you are visiting. First port of call should be the Dunedin Visitor Information Centre situated on the ground level of the Municipal Chambers building. There you can check out all the local tourism operators, book tours, as well as find out general information about the city.
After that you are ready to explore the city and the Octagon has some fine examples of the city's architecture with the magnificent St Paul's Cathedral and the Municipal Chambers buildings watched over by the statue of Robbie Burns. Make sure you visit the Dunedin Public Art Gallery beside the Hoyts Movie Theatre where there is always plenty to see and do no matter what time of year.
Click on the image above for a map of major city attractions handy to the Octagon.
And when you've done all that sit down and relax with a cappuccino or a cool brew at one of the cafes and bars scattered around the Octagon including The Terrace where you are guaranteed a great meal and warm and friendly service.
Dunedin Railway Station
Opened in 1906 the Dunedin Railway Station is said to be one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand and it's easy to see why. This magnificent building is only five minutes walk from the Octagon and is one of the most popular city sights with ornate stained glass windows inside to the wonderful block and stone features of the exterior.
For full information on the Railway Station, its history and features, check out the City of Dunedin Website run by the Dunedin City Council.
Otago Farmers Market
If you happen to be about on Saturday mornings then check out the very popular Otago Farmers Market that runs every Saturday morning from 8.30am to 12noon rain, hail or shine. Some fantastic bargains on local produce available and very popular with locals and visitors alike.
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These beautiful buildings (from left) St Josephs Cathedral, St Pauls Cathedral, First Church and Knox Church are truly magnificent examples of historic Dunedin architecture and all are within easy walking distance of the Octagon. St Pauls Cathedral is located right in the Octagon whilst St Josephs Cathedral is a five minute walk up Rattray St above Speight's Brewery. First Church is situated in Moray Place, one block from the Octagon and Knox Church can be found at the intersection of George St, London St, Pitt St and Frederick St.
University of Otago
The University of Otago, New Zealand's oldest, was founded in 1869 and first opened in 1871. Today the University has over 18,000 students enrolled who come from all over the world to experience the unique study environment Dunedin city provides. The architecture of the University buildings is a pleasant blend of new and old with the internationally recognised Clock Tower building, that dates back to 1879, to the impressive Centre of Innovation and Information Services Building (ISB) incorporating the Universtiy Library. If you are visiting Dunedin take the time to have a stroll around the main campus situated on Cumberland St opposite the Otago Museum - it's well worth the time!