Visiting Dunedin and Otago
As the name may suggest, Dunedin has a distinctly Scottish heritage. This can be seen throughout the City with the stonework buildings and the iconic Larnach Castle and Gardens, a must-see for visitors to the region.
Within the city limits and just beyond on the Otago Peninsula, visitors to Dunedin can enjoy a diverse range of experiences. From history, culture and education at the world-class Otago University to nature-based experiences. The Royal Albatross colony is a highly-prized wildlife experience and offers an insight into the world’s largest seabird and the only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony in the world.
Around the city and within easy reach of two Scenic hotels, visitors can enjoy eclectic shops, cafes and galleries that reflect the strong artistic flair of the region as well as the strong student culture of the city.
Dunedin is a convenient gateway to explore the wider Otago region, abundant in stone fruit production, world-class wineries, specifically Pinot Noir wines and spectacular scenery. The drive from Dunedin to Queenstown is a popular touring route with picturesque scenery and points of natural and historical interest along the way.
Getting to and around the region
As one of New Zealand’s four largest cities, Dunedin is well serviced by domestic air routes, primarily from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. International services operate between Dunedin and Brisbane, Australia.
Dunedin airport is located 30km from the city centre, shuttle services are a cost effective option for visitors travelling from the airport to the city. Taxis are also available from the airport. Dunedin has a comprehensive bus network too, tickets can purchased from the driver (cash only) or you can pre-load fares on a Bee Card and the Intercity Bus service connects the city to New Zealand’s other major centres. Self-drive is a popular way of getting around the region for those wishing to venture beyond the city limits.
Dining in Region
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross has long been a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike with 3 food and beverage outlets to choose from. Within the hotel, guests can enjoy a la carte or buffet breakfast at the Carlton Restaurant, relaxed café dining at Boldini Café or enjoyable evening dining at Ports O’Call Bar & Restaurant which offers both an a la carte and bar menu.
At the nearby Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, guests can watch the world go by from the street side, Princes on Dowling is a popular dining choice for guests and locals alike, with a varied menu for breakfast or dinner. The adjacent Lounge Bar is also a popular and convenient meeting place for coffee or drinks before heading out into the City or as an informal meeting place.
In and around Dunedin City, visitors can enjoy a diverse range of cuisines and cafes serving excellent coffee, wholefoods, vegan and vegetarian cuisine.
Conferences, Meetings and Business Events
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross is a popular choice for meetings and business events, with nine functions rooms and a total capacity of 100 delegates theatre style or 180 for cocktail functions, there is also plenty in between to accommodate small to medium meetings or breakout spaces.
Scenic Hotel Dunedin City has a function room for hire, fully air-conditioned the space and is perfect for boardroom meetings, training sessions or private dinners.
For larger events like conventions and conferences, the Town Hall/Dunedin Centre (located a short walk from both Scenic hotels) and Forsythe Barr Stadium are available.