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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

Celebrate St Andrews Day Public Event

Celebrate St Andrews Day Public Event

Festivals & Lifestyle - Family Entertainment Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Today only at 10:00 a.m.

The Dunedin / Edinburgh Sister City group presents Celebrate St Andrews Day and Dunedin’s Scottishness in the Upper Octagon / Octagon Lawn Saturday Nov 28th. Come all ye to this free public event 10 am-4 pm... More...

Thieves' Alley Market Day

Thieves' Alley Market Day

Festivals & Lifestyle - Markets and Fairs Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Saturday 13 February 2016

Browse over 250 stalls filled with creative works, gifts and delicious treats from around New Zealand at the annual Thieves’ Alley Market Day. Pick up a treasure, have a bite to eat and enjoy the free entertainment... More...

Burger King 3X3 Quest Tour

Burger King 3X3 Quest Tour

Sports & Outdoors - Basketball Events
The Octagon, Dunedin

Saturday 27 February 2016

The Burger King 3X3 Quest Tour is returning again this summer, and there's some exciting new developments. The Tour has been granted Quest status by FIBA and it will also be a World Tour Qualifier for the Open Men's... More...

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