Dunedin, a refreshingly different event destination

Tucked into a long, sheltered harbour on the east coast of New Zealand’s stunning South Island, Dunedin is a hidden gem on the edge of the world, where gorgeous gothic architecture meets sweeping coastal landscapes.

A wonderful mix of quirky urban charm and dramatic natural surrounds, there is much to discover amongst the winding city streets, beaches and hills beyond.

Renowned for its beautiful architecture, Dunedin has the largest concentration of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you can visit New Zealand’s only castle, the world’s steepest street and the iconic Dunedin Railway Station for a glimpse into its prosperous past.

Voted as the country’s Most Beautiful City in the 2018 Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards, Dunedin is also renowned as the ‘wildlife capital of New Zealand’, being home to some of the country’s rarest creatures, including the albatross, yellow-eyed penguins and sea lions.

Dunedin’s compact nature gives you the sense that the entire city is at your fingertips, which makes for a seamless experience for conference delegates. The attractive city centre radiates out from the Octagon plaza, where many excellent restaurants and bars can be found. It’s an easy stroll in any direction to find great food, shops both big and unconventional, and a wide array of entertainment.

Bespoke events are well catered for through a unique collection of venues, whether it be an eco-sanctuary, art gallery, museum, castle, Chinese gardens, town hall or covered sports stadium.

From quirky and intimate, to large and trade accommodating, you’ll find a venue and accommodation for every requirement. The range of accommodation includes extravagant bed chambers heritage homes, luxury rooms in a refurbished former Chief Post Office and an array of high-quality lodgings from major hotels through to motels and boutique serviced apartments.

Dunedin is a port city, resting safely in the arms of a long extinct volcano, Rakiriri, which was inundated by the sea millions of years ago to create the stunning 20km-long Otago Harbour. Blessed with miles of stunning coastline and bush-laden hills, recreational opportunities are plentiful, whether by foot, on water, or wheels. Over thirty beaches lie within thirty minutes-drive of the CBD, making Dunedin a pretty special place to explore.

Dunedin is a knowledge city, too, with New Zealand’s first university, a highly successful polytechnic, strength and focus in the ICT and medical/health technology sectors and access to city-wide Gig-speed internet. Its status as a UNESCO City of Literature underlines the thriving arts and culture scene, which has long been a key part of the city’s identity. This all makes for a rich source of local expert talent for specialist event content.

As the provincial capital of the Otago region, Dunedin is an easy drive to other iconic South Island destinations including the Catlins, Milford Sound and Queenstown Lakes District following the Southern Scenic Route. Other touring routes can also be followed through the Central Otago and Waitaki regions, which take in gold trails, mountains and fascinating geological attractions.

Dunedin has a quiet, understated cool, that is evolving as locals increasingly appreciate its mix of tech, built heritage, coastal beauty, diverse culture, events and venues. It is keen to hold onto the distinctive character and authenticity that firmly differentiates the city from its national counterparts.

The city’s event professionals will go to the ends of the earth to make sure your time in this wild, yet urbane city achieves all your aims and more.

Dunedin has great links, that make the trip to this end of the planet as easy as can be. Dunedin Airport is just 25 minutes’ drive from the CBD and has daily domestic flights to and from other main centres in New Zealand. Virgin Australia operates a trans-Tasman service three times a week between Brisbane and Dunedin.

Find out more about hosting your next business event here, at dunedinnz.com/meet.