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Dunedin is an educated, enterprising, liberal, expressive and intriguing city with a real community spirit that embraces new ideas, new people and new enterprises.

Dunedin…Make it here

Ōtepoti-Dunedin is a welcoming harbour city of about 134,000 people, set amidst sublime landscapes and impressive Victorian architecture. It offers an intriguing blend of leisure and learning with access to rare wildlife, mountains, beaches, and exploration.

Dunedin is one of the world’s great small cities and regarded as one of New Zealand’s most liveable. But don’t just take our word for it. Find out why others have chosen to live in Ōtepoti-Dunedin.

Angela Edwards

When health tech entrepreneur Angela Edwards moved to Ōtepoti-Dunedin after 14 years in London, she expected stunning nature and a relaxed pace of life, she got that and then some.

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Khrys Samsonova

After moving to Dunedin to study at the University of Otago, Khrys Samsonova went on to join the Emmy Award-winning team at Virtual Eye.

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Yvette Shum

After working a successful career in VFX and post production in cities like London, Singapore and Shanghai, Yvette Shum decided to return home and raise her family in the city where she grew up, Dunedin.

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Dunedin’s art, culture, sporting, and recreational treasures provide remarkable spaces, experiences, and events to stimulate all ages and tastes. Dunedin is a confident commercial centre with a global focus that boasts particular strengths in education, health, design and technology, as well as food and natural products.


Dunedin’s vision is to be one of the world’s great small cities. Learn about our innovators who are growing internationally competitive industries and clusters and how you can get involved.

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Dunedin is known for the excellent calibre of its schools and higher education institutions, including the University of Otago and the Otago Polytechnic.

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Discover an intriguing mix of vibrant urban culture, wildly beautiful places and exceptional local cuisine. From castles and pyramids to wildlife, beaches, street art and exceptional food. You'll find it all here.

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For Families

Dunedin is a treasure trove of family fun! From big stars to hidden gems, a day in Dunedin will be an absolute adventure for your family, no matter what budget you are on.

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Dunedin is a city full of character and charm with a welcoming local community that are quick to embrace new residents and show them the ropes. You’ll soon settle in and realise just how good life can be when you have time and space to enjoy it.

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The wider Dunedin job market is in growth mode with hundreds of vacancies across a number of sectors from professional services, education and healthcare through to construction, engineering, tech and everything in between.

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A good life

A 15-minute city

Average travel time by car from suburbs to city.

City of Literature

A globally recognised UNESCO creative city.

Wildlife Capital

Aotearoa’s Wildlife Capital thanks to Dunedin’s biodiversity.

Seasonal City

Dunedin enjoys four distinct seasons, each turning the city into stunning and varied backdrops.

The Good Life

NZ City with highest quality of life (87%). With 85% saying Dunedin was a great place to live.

Hub for Game Development

The home base for the New Zealand Centre of Digital Excellence and a world-first game dev ecosystem.

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