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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

Celebrate Saint Andrews Day

Celebrate Saint Andrews Day

Festivals & Lifestyle - Family Entertainment Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Sunday 25 November 2018

The Dunedin Edinburgh Sister City Society ask you to dust off your kilt and head to the annual Celebrate St. Andrew’s Day family friendly event to be held Sunday November 25th in the Octagon from 10 am rain or shine!... More...

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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Arcadian MotelArcadian Motel - Motel.

Arcadian Motel is located in a quiet area of Dunedin, just 7 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Free WiFi and free...

Hare Hill - Scenic Harbour Horse TrekHare Hill - Scenic Harbour Horse Trek - Horse Riding - Dunedin. Starting from NZ $85.00 per person.

Enjoy stunning harbour views from horseback. A leisurely circuit through farmland and plantation, then back down the...

 

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