Dunedin is the South Island of New Zealand's best kept secret. A warm welcome is guaranteed from authentic local characters who tell it as it is. Dunedin is the main centre of, and the gateway to, the Otago region - recognised for its beautiful scenery. Set aside some days after the conference to get a taste of what Dunedin can offer! 

Dunedin has a vibrant, creative energy - evidenced in its quirky boutiques, galleries and thriving design industry. It's also a major academic centre and home to the University of Otago, New Zealand's first and most prestigious university, a past home to many of our delegates.

For more information about Dunedin and its many attractions, visit the city's official website www.dunedinnz.com

Te Runaka o Otakou

Otakou Runaka is near the end of Otago Peninsula, Dunedin. Traditionally, the Otago Harbour has been of significant importance as a food source for the Otakou people and in particular, the cockle or tuaki as they are locally known.

Tuaki have been an important food source for Muaupoko (Otago Peninsula) Maori for generations. The whole area was once speckled with many kaik (villages) and Pukekura (Taiaroa Head) was an important fortified pa.

Otakou is 'home' to Waitaha, Rapuwai, Kati Hawea and Kati Mamoe; where in the early 19th century, Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mamoe and Waitaha had blended into a single tribal entity.

Of significant importance is Otakou marae was one of the places where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. Those who signed were descended from ancestors of all three tribes.

Otakou Marae
Representative: Tahu Potiki
Postal address: Tamatea Rd, RD 2  Otakou
Phone: 03 478 0352
Email: office@tro.org.nz

Quirky Dunedin Facts

  • Dunedin is the world's fifth largest city, in geographical size, offering lots of leisure and recreational opportunities.
  • Dunedin is the Celtic name for Edinburgh.
  • Dunedin, and its surrounds, is home to some interesting locals, including the world's rarest penguin - the yellow-eyed penguin, New Zealand sea lions, New Zealand fur seals and little blue penguins.
  • Dunedin's Baldwin Street is the steepest street in the world.
  • Larnach Castle located on the Otago Peninsula is New Zealand's only castle.
  • Dunedin Railway Station is the most photographed building in New Zealand.
  • University of Otago, New Zealand's oldest university was the first in the country to admit women to all its classes. It is also the South Island's largest employer.
  • The Otago Daily Times is New Zealand's first daily and oldest surviving independent newspaper.


The Dunedin Centre

The Dunedin Centre is located in the heart of Dunedin city, adjacent to central plaza called 'The Octagon'. It's steps away from accommodation, restaurants, caf├ęs, bars, shopping, and major attractions.


Address: 1 Harrop Street, Dunedin, 9016