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10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Dunedin

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The Top Luxury Hotels in Dunedin

The Gothic-style architecture, grand vistas across the Dunedin Harbour and a fabulous array of activities on offer make Dunedin a top choice for a luxury stay on the South Island. The historic city is like no other in New Zealand and has unique luxury accommodation to go with it. Stay in Dunedin’s oldest church tastefully converted into modern luxury apartments, escape to a country house where complimentary canapes before dinner at Larnach Castle is all part of the parcel, or simply enjoy staying in a stylish hotel in the heart of the city. We’ll go through all of our top picks in this list of best luxury accommodation in Dunedin.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 10 Dunedin Must-Dos and The Luxury Guide to Dunedin.

1. Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

A contemporary hotel in the centre of Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City offers a stylish pad mere moments from The Octagon. Relax in spacious guest rooms with local artwork on display and executive options available. Each Executive Room boasts free WiFi, a private balcony, Sky TV and cosy robes and slippers, with one or two separate bedrooms available in the Executive Suites. The on-site restaurant offers a buffet breakfast, as well as a breakfast and dinner a la carte menu with 24/h room service available. The fitness centre, free WiFi and Sky TV may also prove useful during your stay.

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Scenic Hotel Dunedin City© Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

2. Hotel St Clair

Swap the inner city for an unbeatable waterfront location on the St Clair Esplanade at Hotel St Clair. The award-winning hotel features 26 self-contained rooms and suites with underfloor heating in the bathrooms and a kitchenette. Most rooms boast a glorious ocean view, while others have luxurious features like a deep-sunk spa bath and extra-large balconies to watch people enjoying the surf. Rooms are incredibly well-appointed, specially designed with luxury in mind. It is certainly an excellent place to impress your loved one. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Dunedin.

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Hotel St Clair© Hotel St Clair

3. Bluestone On George

Ideal for a romantic getaway or a business retreat, Bluestone on George provides a luxury and almost “adult-only” experience in Dunedin, which can only mean one thing: utter tranquillity. The luxury boutique hotel offers studio apartments with their own kitchenette, laundry and ensuite. Indulge in your own private double body therapy spa bath, feel cosy with the underfloor heating, bathrobes and double-glazed windows. Keep your fitness up to scratch at the on-site gym. Get down to business with free WiFi, same-day dry cleaning and business facilities. Don’t forget to indulge in the continental breakfast or antipasto platters delivered straight to your room.

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Bluestone on George© Bluestone on George

4. Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Another fantastic offering from the Scenic Hotel Group, the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross is more than just lodging, it’s a landmark set in an 1883 heritage building. While the hotel oozes with historic charm, it’s fully refurbished with contemporary guest rooms and modern amenities, from Tesla charging stations to, of course, free WiFi. The Superior Rooms and Suites provide your best option for luxury travel with ensuites featuring his-and-her basins, as well as Sky TV and a minibar. But at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, it’s more about the downtime, whether it’s indulging in spa treatments at the Amaia Luxury Spa or trying your luck at the casino – all of this right next to The Octagon.

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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross© Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

5. Camp Estate

Away from the hustle and bustle of Dunedin, this luxurious retreat is located on the Otago Peninsula. The luxury country house offers a small collection of double rooms with designer gas fireplaces, designer guild wallpaper, fittings and black granite styling, giving each room a modern look with a heritage twist. Each night you’ll be treated to complimentary pre-dinner drinks and canapes, have access to the guest lounge with an honesty bar. Guests have complimentary access to Larnach Castle, just 500m (547 yards) away, to tour the grounds and dine in one of the castle’s dining rooms at night. Personal transport is available in the form of classic Jaguars and Daimler vehicles, while executive cars and chauffeurs are available too.

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Camp Estate Larnach Castle© Camp Estate Larnach Castle

6. Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

A popular option in Dunedin for travellers seeking a bit of luxury is the Kingsgate Hotel by Millennium Hotels. All of the hotel’s 55 rooms have a private balcony soaking up city views. Just about any traveller will find a room to suite here with twin, double, interconnecting and family configurations available. While the Standard Rooms are a treat, the Junior Suite offers more space with a separate lounge and larger balcony. Your stay is not complete without having dinner at the on-site restaurant, Jimmy Cook’s Kiwi Kitchen where you can sample Kiwiana favourites, as well as steaks and seafood. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Dunedin for Foodies.

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Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin© Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

7. Chapel Apartments

One of the more unique accommodations in Dunedin, Chapel Apartments is set in Dunedin’s oldest church built in 1863 and forms part of the historical ambience of The Octagon. The church houses seven apartments with luxury furnishings. Needless to say, the apartments ooze in historical charm yet boast modern comforts like large kitchens with a dishwasher, bathrooms with underfloor heating and spacious lounges with a 50″ flat-screen TV. It’s a true home-away-from-home experience in the heart of Dunedin. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Dunedin.

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Chapel Apartments© Chapel Apartments

8. Larnach Lodge & Stable Stay

Stay at one of Dunedin’s prized landmarks in a prime position on the Otago Peninsula. The Larnach Lodge & Stable Stay offers affordable accommodation in the refurbished historic stable, while Larnach Lodge is your four-star option. On the grounds of Larnach Castle, the purpose-built Larnach Lodge features 12 themed rooms with all your expected hotel amenities included. The lodge basks in breathtaking harbour scenery and includes a full cooked breakfast in the historic stables and a complimentary visit to the castle, gardens and grounds.

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Larnach Lodge & Stable Stay© Larnach Lodge & Stable Stay

9. St Leonards Lodge

There are very few places in New Zealand that bask in the history and magnificent views quite like St Leonards Lodge. The fine historic home is protected by The Historic Places Trust of New Zealand by running as a luxury boutique hotel on the shores of the Dunedin Harbour. The lodge and hotel sit between Dunedin city and Port Chalmers, featuring four unique rooms with luxurious fittings and high thread-count cotton linen. On arrival, you’ll receive a complimentary fruit basket in your room, as well as fresh flowers and a tea/coffee minibar. There are many wonderful spaces to enjoy inside and out, from the pool table room to the tennis court.

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St Leonards Lodge© St Leonards Lodge

10. Quest Dunedin Serviced Apartments

If your kind of luxury is utmost privacy in your own sleek and modern apartment, then Quest Dunedin might just be for you. Affordable, spacious, yet incredibly well-appointed with modern amenities, you can hardly go wrong at the Quest Apartments. The serviced 4.5-star apartments are ideal for long stays on business, a couple’s getaway and even family stays in the Studio, One and Two-Bedroom Apartments available. Each accommodation has a well-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, ensuite, Sky TV, free WiFi and 24-hour check-in. The apartments are within walking distance of the city centre and are located right next to a New World supermarket – too easy!

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Quest Dunedin Serviced Apartments© Quest Dunedin Serviced Apartments


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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