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Essential information for visitors

Explore this essential information including the Dunedin Wildlife Care Code, responsible camping, driver safety, and dog-friendly walking areas.

Dunedin Wildlife Care Code

Dunedin is home to rare and special wildlife. Help us protect our penguins, sea lions and birds for future generations.

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Dunedin has plenty of food and drink stores to cater to everyone's needs whether you're after fine liquor, freshly cut pieces of meat, garden fresh produce and supermarkets with all the necessities you'll need.

Healthcare services are around the centre city from the Dunedin hospital, doctors, pharmacies, dentists and physiotherapists.

The Dunedin City Centre has been well laid out to provide easy access to the all important and necessary facilities for visitors and locals alike, including banks, post offices, gyms, internet cafes, churches etc.

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Public Holidays

Everyone loves a holiday, Dunedin residents are no different. In the city, we celebrate the same national holidays as the rest of the country as well as Otago Anniversary day.

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The Dunedin i-Site Visitor Centre is open 365 days of the year.

Responsible Camping

We want you to enjoy your visit to our city, coastline and unspoilt natural surroundings, whether you are travelling by car, campervan or cycle. In return we ask for your help to protect our environment and cultural heritage from damage.

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Visiting Driver Safety

If you're used to driving in the city, you should take care when driving on New Zealand's open country roads. We have a good motorway system but weather extremes, the terrain and narrow secondary roads and bridges require drivers to be very vigilant. provides basic information about New Zealand road rules and etiquette, along with links to more details about everything that drivers unfamiliar with our roads need to know. It offers valuable guidance to visiting drivers before arrival, when picking up a vehicle and driving around New Zealand.

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Dog walking

Travelling with your best friend? Dunedin is very dog-friendly having several dog-exercise parks, most with agility structures. Dogs can also run free (but under control) at some beaches and reserves and some allow dogs on a leash. For Dunedin’s precious wildlife to thrive we should leave native animals undisturbed. Make sure you and your dog keep your distance (e.g. 20 metres away from sealions and 50 metres from penguins).

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