Recent Searches
Clear

Learn more about our Covid-19 response.

Read More

The Octagon Tours and Activities

star-5
44 Reviews
The Octagon
Right in the center of Dunedin city is the Octagon, an 8-sided plaza lined with cafés, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs—and bustling with locals and visitors alike at all times of day. Enjoy a meal or a beer in the sunshine before taking in an exhibition at the Dunedin Art Gallery or heading to the Regent Theatre for a show.
 
The Basics

The Octagon commonly plays host to markets, concerts, and local events such as the Dunedin Fringe Festival and the Dunedin Midwinter Carnival. There are plenty of outdoor dining options to take advantage of in the warm summer months, too.

For culture vultures, the Regent Theatre features the New Zealand International Film Festival and a range of major concerts and theater productions; the New Atheneum hosts smaller, fringier theater and dance; and the Dunedin Art Gallery is a major national gallery that displays local and international art. Many Dunedin small-group tours include the Octagon.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Octagon is a must for all first-time visitors to Dunedin.
  • The plaza is a common drop-off and pickup spot for cruise ship shuttles.
  • The similarly-shaped Moray Place, a block away, has more theaters, cinemas, churches, cafés, restaurants, bars, and Dunedin Town Hall.
  • The Octagon is built on an uphill slope, so make sure to wear sturdy shoes if you’re visiting in winter, when snow or rain can make the cobbles quite slippery.
 
How to Get There
Three of the city’s main streets—George, Princes, and Stuart—lead directly to the Octagon from suburbs such as Northeast Valley, North Dunedin, South Dunedin, Roslyn, and Kaikorai. Many city and most suburban bus services stop at or near the Octagon. The plaza is surrounded by taxi ranks so it’s always a cinch to get home. If driving, there’s plenty of parking around the Octagon, including a lot directly behind Reading Cinemas on Moray Place.

When to Get There
The Octagon is full of life all year round, and is particularly lovely to visit in spring or summer, when the sun is out and the flower beds are in bloom. Try and time your visit for a local event such as the Midwinter Carnival or the Fringe Festival, when parades and performances transform the space.

Local History at the Octagon

At the top of the Octagon, St. Paul’s Cathedral is a grand Anglican church made from stone. The cathedral has a rich musical history and hosts regular choral and instrumental performances. A statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns stands nearby, and along the footpath running through the Octagon is the Writer’s Walk, dedicated to prominent local writers.
Address: George & Princes Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Read More

13 Tours and Activities to Experience The Octagon

Filter
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow




Did you know?You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
Learn more
Did you know?
You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.Learn more
Sort by:Featured
Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Tour, Coastal Train and Castle Garden

Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Tour, Coastal Train and Castle Garden

star-5
15
Combine top Dunedin experiences into a single day of sightseeing on a Port Chalmers shore excursion that includes a city tour, Larnach Castle Garden, and a 90-minute ride on a coastal train through the scenic Otago Peninsula. A flexible mix of guided and independent activities gives you the best of both worlds: you’ll get a fascinating, guided introduction to Dunedin highlights, but enjoy the freedom to explore on your own.
More
  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$136.62
From
US$136.62

Iconic Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Highlights Tour

Iconic Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Highlights Tour

star-5
68
Explore the city of Dunedin with a knowledgeable local guide who takes you to points of interest where you can stop and have a look around. See the Olveston House, Cadbury World and the University of Otago. Enjoy views of Otago Harbour from the lookout point on Signal Hill, and drive down steep Baldwin Street. Pickup and drop-off is available from hotels, the cruise port or the Dunedin Railway Station. Numbers are limited to 15 people for a small-group experience, with personalized attention from your guide.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$55.50
From
US$55.50

Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour

Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour

star-5
39
Travel with a small group to explore the city of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. Get personalized attention from your guide and enjoy an intimate atmosphere with your fellow travelers as you hit all the highlights, such as Larnach Castle, Penguin Place, the Octagon, the Dunedin Rail Station, the University of Otago, and more. Along the way, listen to engaging commentary from your guide and enjoy the opportunity to ask questions.
More
  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$155.59
From
US$155.59
Taking safety measures

Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

star-5
20
Join a small group for a full-day tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. During the city tour, see landmarks such as the University of Otago, Baldwin Street, and Scottish heritage sites. Next explore the Otago Peninsula, including Otago Harbour, Sandfly Bay, Tunnel Beach, and historic Larnach Castle. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off in central Dunedin or the port.
More
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$118.40
Price varies by group size
From
US$118.40
Price varies by group size

Dunedin City and Coastal Views 3-Hour Small-Group Guided Tour

Dunedin City and Coastal Views 3-Hour Small-Group Guided Tour

star-5
31
Explore Dunedin highlights on a 3-hour, small-group tour that goes from the city's historic landmarks to the beaches of the Otago Peninsula. You'll see the University of Otago, the Dunedin Railway Station, and more, then continue to the beautiful Otago Peninsula, pausing for a walk on St. Clair beach and esplanade. Group size is limited to 13 people to ensure personalized service, and this tour includes pickup and drop-off at Port Chalmers, with departure times that are tailored to cruise ship arrivals.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$72.11
From
US$72.11
Taking safety measures

Self-Guided City Adventure Game in Dunedin | The Tailor's Secrets

Self-Guided City Adventure Game in Dunedin | The Tailor's Secrets

star-5
1
- Experience the beautiful city of Dunedin in an exciting new way. - Navigate through the city by deciphering a trail of cryptic clues sent to your phone. - See the sites and visit local establishments as you take part in an immersive narrative. - Work together with your group of two to five people, and uncover the mystery of each story. - Discover the city from a unique perspective you won't find anywhere else.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$14.80
From
US$14.80
Taking safety measures

Iconic Dunedin City Highlights Tour

Iconic Dunedin City Highlights Tour

Discover top attractions and iconic sites around the city of Dunedin on this half-day city tour. Explore Dunedin with a guide and take in key sites of interest such as the World famous Baldwin Street, University of Otago, Olveston Homestead gardens and Dunedin's Grand Railway Station. Awesome lookouts over Otago Harbour and from Signal Hill. Visit the Octagon (city centre) for some shopping and a bite to eat. All transport to and from the cruise ship wharf is included. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people. Daily departures are available for cruise passengers and city-based passengers.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$55.50
From
US$55.50

Heritage Highlights Walk

Heritage Highlights Walk

star-5
1
Dunedin is a great wee city and is best explored on foot. New Zealand's largest city 1865-1889, and a university town, Dunedin boasts some picturesque streetscapes and standout Victorian buildings. This small-group tour is fun and interesting - and a great introduction to Dunedin. See the reviews of our walks!
More
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$22.77
From
US$22.77
Taking safety measures

Shore Excursion: Otago Peninsula Scenery and City Highlights Tour

Shore Excursion: Otago Peninsula Scenery and City Highlights Tour

star-4.5
3
When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a full-day shore excursion to see the highlights of the city center and the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula. View the stunning Dunedin Railway Station and other landmarks, drive along scenic Highcliff Road, visit the Royal Albatross Centre, and have the option to take a guided 1-hour historical walk or explore the downtown on your own.
More
  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$133.20
From
US$133.20

Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & Albatross Guided Tour

Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & Albatross Guided Tour

star-5
3
With this tour you will enjoy a small group experience with a personalised attention while discovering the beauty of Dunedin City and Otago peninsula. You will avoid wasting time waiting for a bog group to get on and off the bus. You will be introduced to the city in the best way, optimising time to see the highlights of the city, enjoying the most breathtaking scenery of Otago Peninsula via Highcliff road where the road for bigger buses is not suitable. You will have a 1 hour guided tour of Albatross Centre and discover all about these huge seabirds.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$177.60
From
US$177.60

Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & a Guided Penguin Reserve Tour

Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & a Guided Penguin Reserve Tour

star-5
2
You will be joining a small group tour and go to places that bigger buses cannot go. You will have personalised attention and will see the most special parts of Dunedin and Otago peninsula.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$181.30
From
US$181.30

A 2 hour Small Group Dunedin City Highlights Tour

A 2 hour Small Group Dunedin City Highlights Tour

star-5
4
Join a small group tour to discover highlights of Dunedin - the oldest city in New Zealand .Our City Tour is a great choice for those who are short on time and want individual and personalised service. It is a short but sweet introduction to our wonderful city of Dunedin. Our two hour City Tour takes in the highlights of Dunedin and still allows plenty of time for you to partake in any other activities that you may have planned.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$47.82
From
US$47.82

Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

star-4.5
13
Combine a city highlights tour of Dunedin with a wildlife-focused tour of the Otago Peninsula in a single day. Perfect for first-time visitors or those short on time, this tour covers both urban and natural highlights of the area. Landmarks in Dunedin include the Botanic Garden, Baldwin Street, the Dunedin Railway Station, and others. Get to know the Otago Peninsula's beaches and bays with scenic drives and a wildlife boat cruise from Taiaroa Head.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$177.60
From
US$177.60

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What's the best way to experience The Octagon ?

Things to do near Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula


icon_solid_phone
Book online or call
(888) 651-9785
(888) 651-9785