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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

World Vegan Day Ōtepoti - Dunedin 2016

World Vegan Day Ōtepoti - Dunedin 2016

Festivals & Lifestyle - Festivals Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Tuesday 1 November 2016

The Dunedin/Ōtepoti Vegan Society (DOVeS) and friends are hosting a picnic in celebration of World Vegan Day. Being vegan is awesome! It’s a powerful but easy lifestyle choice that is good for animals, good for the... More...

Robbie Rocks Dunedin 2017 Concert

Robbie Rocks Dunedin 2017 Concert

Concerts & Gig Guide - Rock Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Sunday 22 January 2017

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...

Burger King 3x3 Quest Tour 2016-17

Burger King 3x3 Quest Tour 2016-17

Sports & Outdoors - Basketball Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Sunday 26 February 2017

The Burger King 3x3 basketball Quest Tour 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... More...

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