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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

OCTACAN - Filling our Foodbank

OCTACAN - Filling our Foodbank

Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Family & Lifestyle Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Thursday 21 June 2018

OCTACAN - Filling our Foodbank is now in it's 10th year of collecting cans and cash for Dunedin's busiest foodbank. Support Octacan by collecting and donating as many cans and coins as you can carry! Get your... More...

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival 2018

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival 2018

Festivals & Lifestyle - Family Entertainment Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Saturday 30 June 2018

The Midwinter Carnival is a much-loved community celebration in the heart of the Dunedin winter, where art and performance create a unique and magical event. The highlight of the evening is the Carnival procession,... More...

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Scenic Hotel Southern CrossScenic Hotel Southern Cross - Hotel.

Dunedin's largest and most prestigious hotel, the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, enjoys a premium location in the heart...

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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