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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

Soliloquy

Soliloquy

Performing Arts - Dance Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

From Friday 22 March 2019 to Saturday 23 March 2019

Soliloquy is a splintering of self across mediums, an attempt to trace a pathway from then to now. It is a merging of technology, illusions and dance in order to articulate the multitudes that comprise a mind... More...

On Display

On Display

Performing Arts - Dance Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Friday 29 March 2019

On Display devised by Heidi Latsky Dance (NY) began as an annual worldwide event to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is now a global event performed in over 42 countries... More...

The Sidewalker

The Sidewalker

Performing Arts - Comedy Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

From Monday 25 March 2019 to Thursday 28 March 2019

Come walk sidewalks with 'The Sidewalker, Router Sidewalker'. A silly inner-city journey in which NZ Spirit of the Fringe, George Fenn reinvents long familiar spaces with improvised insight. Begins and ends at The... More...

Great EV Road Trip 2019

Great EV Road Trip 2019

Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Public Talks & Tours Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Wednesday 10 April 2019

The #LeadingTheCharge Great EV Road Trip 2019 is in its 5th year. A convoy of electric cars travel around the country holding roadshow type events at each stop. 41 events, 31 days, 5200km+, this year the convoy is... More...

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Southern Scenic Private Full Day Tour - 12 hoursSouthern Scenic Private Full Day Tour - 12 hours - Day Tour - Queenstown. Starting from $1950.00 per person.

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