Top ChoiceHouse in Dunedin

Olveston

Although it's a youngster by European standards, this spectacular 1906 mansion provides a wonderful window into Dunedin's past. Entry is via fascinating one-hour guided tours; it pays to book ahead. There's also...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Dunedin

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Storytelling is the focus of this excellent interactive museum, which traces the history of human settlement ion the South Island. Pass through the new albatross waharoa (entranceway) by master carver James York...

Top ChoiceModern NZ in Dunedin

Bracken

Bracken's seasonal tasting menus offer a succession of pretty little plates bursting with flavour. While the dishes are intricate, nothing's overly gimmicky, and the setting, in an old wooden house, is classy...

Top ChoiceMarket in Dunedin

Otago Farmers Market

This thriving market is all local, all edible (or drinkable) and mostly organic. Grab a freshly baked pastry and a flat white to sustain you while you browse, and stock up on fresh meat, seafood, veggies and...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Dunedin

Pequeno

Head down the alley opposite the Rialto Cinema, with the black-and-white kākāpō street-art piece by Phelgm, to discover this intimate and sophisticated lounge bar. Music is generally laid-back, with regular live...

Top ChoiceBar in Dunedin

Dog with Two Tails

Nightly events here range from jazz jams and soulful singer-songwriters, to indie rock and literary readings with a peppering of quiz nights and open mics. Tuck into its signature crêpes ($6.50 to $12) in the...

Top ChoiceBurgers in Dunedin

Good Good

The crafty cooks here sizzle up famously good burgers from a kitchen in a retro caravan parked inside a cool warehouse space. There's tags on the walls, couches on the floor, electronica on the speakers and...

Cafe in Dunedin

No 7 Balmac

We wouldn't recommend walking to this sophisticated cafe at the top of Maori Hill, but luckily it's well worth the price of a cab. The fancy cafe fare stretches from smashing brunches to the likes of confit duck...

Korean in Dunedin

Miga

Settle into a booth at this attractive brick-lined eatery, and order claypot rice or noodle dishes from the extensive menu. Japanese dishes include tempura, katsu and incredible ramen soups, made with fresh...

Modern NZ in Dunedin

Plato

The unpromising locale and kooky decor (including collections of toys and beer tankards) gives little indication of the seriously good food on offer at this relaxed eatery. Fresh fish and shellfish, including...

Museum in Dunedin

Otago Museum

The centrepiece of this august institution is Southern Land, Southern People, showcasing Otago’s cultural and physical past and present, from geology and dinosaurs to the modern day. The Tāngata Whenua Māori...

Landmark in Dunedin

Baldwin Street

This street proudly held the title of steepest street in the world until July 2019, when Ffordd Pen Llech in the Welsh town of Harlech was officially recognised as steeper by Guinness World Records. Dunedin went...

Historic Building in Dunedin

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station

Featuring mosaic-tile floors and glorious stained-glass windows, Dunedin’s striking bluestone railway station (built between 1903 and 1906) claims to be NZ’s most photographed building. Head upstairs for the New...

Church in Dunedin

St Paul’s Cathedral

Even in Presbyterian Dunedin, the 'established church' (aka the Church of England) gets the prime spot on The Octagon. A Romanesque portal leads into the Gothic interior of this beautiful Anglican cathedral,...

Brewery in Dunedin

Emerson's Brewery

This impressive brick-and-glass structure is the flash home of Emerson's, the microbrewery founded by local-boy-made-good Richard Emerson in 1992. Forty-five-minute tours take you behind the scenes of the brewing...

Historic Building in Dunedin

University of Otago

Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is NZ's oldest. Today the university is home to some 21,000 students, and is well worth a wander, with many magnificent bluestone buildings to admire. The historic heart –...

Italian in Dunedin

Esplanade

A prime position overlooking St Clair Beach is only the beginning at this relaxed Italian cafe-restaurant from the same team as No 7 Balmac. Drop in during the morning for an espresso and a panino, or come by in...

Gallery in Dunedin

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Gaze upon local and international art – including a small collection of Impressionists – at this expansive and airy gallery. Only a fraction of the collection is displayed at any given time, with most of the...

Gardens in Dunedin

Dunedin Botanic Garden

Dating from 1863, these 30 hectares of peaceful, grassy and shady green space include rose gardens, rare natives, a rhododendron dell, an exotic bird aviary, a playground and a cafe. Kids love tootling about on...

Italian in Dunedin

Etrusco at the Savoy

This boisterous pizza-and-pasta joint resides in the elegant Edwardian dining room of the Savoy, with its moulded ceilings, stained-glass crests and green Ionian columns. It's a slightly strange fit but it works,...