|The Octagon, Dunedin's city centre, information, history and map.|
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
The Octagon, Dunedin
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Family Entertainment Events
The Octagon, Dunedin
Wednesday 10 March 2021
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