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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.

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Otago Rally

Otago Rally

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The Octagon, Dunedin

From Friday 8 May 2015 to Sunday 10 May 2015

New stages, some rally favourites and an all-daylight competitive distance of 280 kilometres are features of the 2015 Otago Rally, to be held in and around Dunedin on May 9 and 10. As the second round of the New... More...

J Day Cannabis Law Reform Rally

J Day Cannabis Law Reform Rally

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The Octagon, Dunedin

Saturday 2 May 2015

J Day is a global protest against cannabis prohibition, and celebration of our cannabis culture, that now happens in over 200 cities around the world. If you are not one of New Zealand's half-million cannabis... More...

DWRF: Dan Davin Plaque Unvelling

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The Octagon, Dunedin

Friday 8 May 2015

Friday 8 May, 4pm–5.30pm, Octagon and then to the Athenaeum Library, no bookings required, free Dan Davin is one of the south’s most important literary figures. One hundred years on from his birth, this dedication... More...

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