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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

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival 2016

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival 2016

Festivals & Lifestyle - Festivals Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Saturday 18 June 2016

‘Discovers Future Worlds’ As the evenings draw in and the fires are lit around the city, there is anticipation in many homes around the city as preparations are made for this year’s Dunedin Midwinter Carnival... More...

Chocolate At Play

Festivals & Lifestyle - Family Entertainment Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Saturday 16 July 2016

We are having a carnival opening day like no other! Bring your family and have a go at all the different sports and games (for all abilities and ages) with chocolate for everyone and medals for the winners. Family fun... More...



Festivals & Lifestyle - Charity, Fundraisers Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Monday 6 June 2016

Octacan, the Presbyterian Support Otago foodbank can appeal will be held in the Lower Octagon. More information on and Facebook Octacan 2016. Get your friends family and works mates involved and start... More...

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