Top Five Spots to Visit in Dunedin

The top five destinations you must visit on your next stop in Dunedin, New Zealand.

WHERE TO STAY: HOTEL ST CLAIR

Recognised as one of New Zealand's best new luxury hotels, Hotel St Clair is your must-stay location when visiting Dunedin. Nestled in the hills of St Clair, this four-star hotel relaxes, satisfies and provides unrivalled views of the Pacific ocean. It;s your home, away from home. With a choice of a luxury suite, inclusive of a stylish living and dining area with balcony settings to easy executive studios, for those staying for only a short time. With a stylish yet cosy atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and the St Clair boardwalk at your front door - there's isn't really anywhere else you want to stay in Dunedin. From cafes to day spas and hot salt water pools, there's plenty to keep you entertained, just outside your window.

1. ESPLANADE

When you think of Dunedin what comes to mind first? Cold? Rowdy? Who knows what! For us we found it to be a delicious seaside escape, especially after enjoying breakfast at Esplanade. A piece of Italy perched on the New Zealand beachfront in St Clair, Dunedin. We enjoyed a traditional uova al forno ( also known as skillet baked eggs with spinach, smoked scamorza cheese and tomato ) and a breakfast-style pizza overlooking the rough yet stunning pacific ocean. Upon arrival, you welcomed into the restaurant, which more felt like your long lost Italian home, including the family - who speak every word with a beautiful accent, almost as beautiful as the food. A must-do visit for when you're in Dunedin for your coffee fix and beach front view.

2. DUNEDIN STREET ART TOUR

From dedication and long hours, we never would have thought the time, effort, and concepts of more than 20 different artworks of artists from all around the world would be planted in Dunedin City. From random walls to backstreet alleys and the electrical boxes on the side of a road. Small City Big Walls is a guided street art walking tour that explores the colourful side of Dunedin in a leisurely two-hour walk. Along the way, not only does Victoria give you insight into the art and the artists behind them, but you discover an unseen aspect of Dunedin city. Victoria will show you a rare photo album of when the artwork was produced by the artists as she documented their processes. This includes the likes of the famous Roa, Phlegm, Pixel Pancho and Natalia Rak. Check out Small City Big Walls here, to book a tour you won't regret.

3. OTAGO FARMERS MARKET

Whether it be a morning coffee, a bagel or a bag of fruit, the Dunedin Farmers Market is a must-do if you're in town for the weekend. Each Saturday morning thousands of people flock to the Dunedin Railway Station to purchase local food directly from the people who made it. You'll find the very best fresh fruit and produce that Otago has to offer, from fresh Central Otago fruit to berries from the Taieri plains. Every week over sixty five different vendors come together from all over the province to create one of the busiest farmers markets in Australasia. Don't forget to also treat yourself and head along to the Tart Tin and grab yourself a special goodie. 

4. TUNNEL BEACH

If you don't mind a hike on the way back, then Tunnel Beach is one not to miss. With incredible views and unique sea-carved cliffs and rocks, this two-kilometre track is the perfect way to taste the Dunedin air and take some Instagram-worthy snaps. As well as the stunning views, there are plenty of discoveries to make including the tunnel staircase that leads you down to the soft sands of the Pacific ocean beach. 

5. MADAM WOO

Award winning restauranteurs Josh Emett and Fleur Caulton bring their take on Chinese and Malaysian street food. Madam Woo takes inspiration from traditional Malaysian Hawker food and serves up big, fresh flavours in a vibrant, fun and modern setting. Whether it be a Hawker roll, or Madam's Rendang you will find something on the menu to enjoy.

Happy travelling!

A special thanks to our sponsors at Enterprise Dunedin and iD Dunedin Fashion Week for making this trip possible! #DunnerStunner

Tessa Stockdale