Cape Saunders Otago Peninsula, Dunedin

Where to Stay – Hotels in Dunedin New Zealand

Rumour has it that Dunedin will host the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. While that is definitely something to look forward to – especially those in the Dunedin hotels business – a more immediate draw is the city’s reputation as the centre of wildlife conservation, thanks to its location at the foot of Otago Harbour, a native habitat of avian not found anywhere else on the planet.

Dunedin Accommodation in the Wildlife Capital of NZ

Sometimes referred to as the “Edinburgh of the South” because of its Scottish roots, Dunedin (from the Gaelic “Dùn Èideann”) is a buzzing university town, home to the prominent University of Otago, and the rare “hoiho” or yellow-eyed penguins that patrol Otago Peninsula’s deserted beaches. Colonies of royal albatrosses are currently living undisturbed at Taiaroa Head, also a great lookout point for migrating southern right whales, dolphins, orcas, seals, sea lions and humpbacks.

Even if there were no wildlife making regular appearances, Dunedin is still irresistible for its rugged cliffs and raw beaches that beckon solitary walks and undiluted commune with nature, and with each other. In fact, the peninsula was named by CNN in 2011 as one of the “10 Sweetest Places for a Valentine’s Day Proposal”.

Dunedin hotel accommodation on this side of the Otago peninsula is sparse, but there are plenty of accommodation in Dunedin, New Zealand town centre that ranges from the no-frills backpackers, cosy bed and breakfasts, and budget-friendly Dunedin motel accommodation, inns and lodges, to serviced Dunedin apartment accommodation and tastefully furnished hotels. Choose where to stay in Dunedin, New Zealand by booking online.

Attractions near Dunedin accommodation New Zealand

The Octagon is not only a suitable place to scout for a hotel in Dunedin within walking distance of the central business district, it is the central business district. Indulge your craving for some retail therapy at Princess and George Streets, or go for some fish and chips and a local brew at Rattray Street further out. There is a newer shopping mall within the perimeters of The Octagon that is popular among pedestrian shoppers.

The Edinburgh influence on Dunedin – and Gold Rush legacy – can be seen in the Edwardian and Victorian houses that dot the cityscape. The Olveston is a century-old Edwardian house well-furnished not only with the conveniences of the time, but also with art, ceramics and antique furniture. Interestingly, some hotels in Dunedin that housed the aristocracy of the time have colourful histories. If you are into hunting ghosts, Larnach Castle on the ridge of the Otago peninsula is worthy of a detour. You may even choose to stay overnight in one of the cheap Dunedin accommodation found in the castle grounds – they have deluxe rooms to lodges – then wake up to the sight and smell of a lush “Garden of International Significance”, the first to have been such an award in South Island.