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The Octagon

The Octagon is Dunedin's city centre, an eight sided plaza bisected by the city's main downtown street, George St.

Though first designated "The Square of Moray Place", even in its earliest years, it was colloquially known as The Octagon. Laid out by surveyors in 1846, Moray Place and The Octagon form two concentric streets, a plan remains mostly unchanged, creating a ring of civil and public buildings around a central plaza, including the Dunedin Town Hall, the Dunedin Public Library and Public Art Gallery, St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, a cinema multiplex and various cafes and bars.

Uniquely for an inner city plaza, The Octagon is on an incline, sloping uphill from the ocean. The central pedestrian reserve, bisected by George and Princess Streets, is a paved plaza in its lower half, and grassed terraces in the upper. The terrace is surmounted by an 1887 statue of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, whose nephew Thomas Burns was one of the city's founders. A statue for Thomas was later erected but removed due to its unpopularity in the 1940s.

Running west out of The Octagon, Lower Stuart Street leads straight down to New Zealand's most photographed building, the Dunedin Railway Station.

Featured Octagon Events

Robbie Rocks Dunedin 2019 Concert

Robbie Rocks Dunedin 2019 Concert

Concerts & Gig Guide - Rock Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Sunday 20 January 2019

Robbie Burns may be the greatest songwriter in history. He was certainly the outstanding ‘rock star’ of 18th-century Scotland and love for his poems and songs has spread around the world ever since. Join us in... More...

3x3 Basketball Quest Tour

3x3 Basketball Quest Tour

Sports & Outdoors - Basketball Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Sunday 17 February 2019

3x3 basketball is returning to The Octagon in Dunedin. This dynamic basketball discipline, a.k.a streetball, brings the skills of 5-aside basketball outdoors in a fast-paced format that's easy to play. Entry is free... More...

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Ballymena HouseBallymena House - Guest House.

Located 1.5 km from Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Ballymena House in Dunedin features a garden. The property is set 3.3...

The Waitati SeasiderThe Waitati Seasider - Rail Tour - Dunedin. Starting from NZ $50.00 per person - Railway Station.

The Waitati Seasider is an exciting trip which takes passengers on the spectacular section of coastal railway line...

 

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