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Things to do in Dunedin

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“Super cool exhibits on history of Dunedin, including a cable car that formerly traversed our property!”
  • 64 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The castle more renowned as a historic sight sports great views from the rooftop, beautiful gardens overlooking the harbour and the Ballroom cafe. Their high tea at 2.30pm or 3pm has to be booked 24 hours in advance and is a special treat indeed ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Near St. Clair beach, great for walking along the esplanade and watching the surfing. Only 10 minutes drive from here.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Beach
“The esplanade has some lovely cafes and there is a salt water pool which is open in summer. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Great contemporary art gallery for art lovers! Nova cafe next door is nice as well.”
  • 22 locals recommend
University
“Planetarium and tropical forest are big hits with kids - interactive and fun”
  • 25 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is an all time favourite of mine. Best to visit at low tide but absolutely stunning views at any time. Walk down through the tunnel at the bottom of the hill to an awesome little beach. It’s a bit of a walk so does help if you’re reasonably fit and able. Especially for the walk back up. Quite steep in places”
  • 30 locals recommend
Food
“Saturday morning at the railway station from 8am. The tart tin man has amazing treats otherwise the bacon butties are good. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Route
“Cadbury chocolate factory have a Jaffa rolling competition to raise funds for various charities during School holidays. This would be the best time to see the street. You are not allowed to turn your car around in the street so have to view it from down below but hey its in the Guiness Book of records as the steepest so have a look!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Great place to visit with kids - discovery world and the butterflies are sure to be a winner. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Park
“Lively with a zingy menu of Asian fusion tapas and cocktails. Vault 21 is always a buzz with a commanding view to the Octagon.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“What a view. This a premier location to view the Otago Harbour. If you're feeling adventurous, there is an EXCELLENT side track off a gravel road east of here leading past a radio tower and then into THE BEST view the Harbour the city has to offer.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Has just reopened and is now better than ever. Only a 10 minute walk. Well worth a visit ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Sports
“Large swimming pool which has a leisure pool and hydra slide . Good for families and people of all ages.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“Located further along Highgate in Roslyn which is the next suburb to Maori Hill. You can walk home from here if you've had a few too many drinks and it doesn't involve any mountain climbing.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Great place to swim and enjoy the magnificent ocean views, good for coffee and cheese rolls too...”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Has just reopened and is now better than ever. Only a 10 minute walk. Well worth a visit ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“A must if you are going to St Clair. Amazing atmosphere with views over the beach. Great Coffee, Wine and Authentic Italian food. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Iconic Dunedin Restaurant always popular with enough space to accommodate groups. The food is always good. Their portion control is out of control so unless you are crazy hungry order a medium not a large.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is also a great Rest. Food is wonderful and different to Starfish, so when one is full, you go to the other. Excellent food & close to the beach.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Brewery
“The best local beer around, and a good menu too (try to book if you want to go for dinner though!)”
  • 20 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Best place to get a sweet treat - donuts. You can choose your filling and you inject it yourself with a syringe. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“Go for a stroll in the gardens, and stay for coffee or an excellent lunch/dinner. Well worth the price for fresh local produce in a beautiful setting.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Excellent Asian Restaurant. I have heard Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig picked up a takeaway from here last time they were in Dunedin.”
  • 13 locals recommend

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