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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

Mustang Display

Mustang Display

Festivals & Lifestyle - Alumni, Associations, Clubs Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Today only at 9:00 a.m.

The Southern Mustang Club are holding an event in Dunedin over the weekend of the 26th–28th of May. As a part of this, 20 plus Mustangs will be on display in the Lower Octagon, and are free for the public to view... More...

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival 2017

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival 2017

Festivals & Lifestyle - Festivals Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Saturday 24 June 2017

This carnival is a community celebration of winter utilising art and performance to create a unique and spectacular event. The highlight of the event is the Carnival Procession which includes more than 1,000 people and... More...

Chocolate Carnival Opening

Festivals & Lifestyle - Family Entertainment Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Saturday 15 July 2017

The Mayor of Joyville is back and we are celebrating chocolate in Dunedin! Bring the family to the Octagon and meet all your favourite chocolate characters - Freddo Frog, the Easter Bunny and Feldspar the Magical... More...

HopeWalk Dunedin

HopeWalk Dunedin

Sports & Outdoors - Outdoors, Tramping Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Saturday 29 July 2017

This is a walk to bring greater awareness around suicide and promote the suicide prevention agencies who are doing their best to provide information and support around suicide related issues. Our hope is to remind... More...

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Mercure Dunedin Leisure LodgeMercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge - Hotel.

Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge is a 4-star hotel set in landscaped gardens overlooking Dunedin’s Botanic Gardens. The...

The SeasiderThe Seasider - Rail Tour - Dunedin. Starting from NZ $89.00 per adult - Railway Station.

Run by the Taieri Gorge Railway, The Seasider train is Dunedin's scenic coastal tourist train operating from the...


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