Camp Estate Larnach Castle
Camp Estate Larnach Castle

10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Dunedin

© Camp Estate Larnach Castle

Romantic Getaway and Honeymoon Accommodation in Dunedin

If life calls for a romantic getaway or perhaps Dunedin is included on your honeymoon itinerary of New Zealand, then you’re going to need to set the tone right with a pleasant place to stay. Whether you find romance in the ambience of a historic hotel, prefer something budget to enjoy more experiences together, or want to dive into a luxury lodge, there’s a romantic lodging to suit in Dunedin. We’ll go through all of our top picks in this list of the best romantic accommodation in Dunedin.

While you’re here, don’t miss the 10 Dunedin Must-Dos and The Honeymoon Guide to Dunedin.

1. Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross is more than just lodging, it’s a landmark. Set in an 1883 heritage building, the 4-star hotel oozes with character and romance. Within the historic facade are fully refurbished guest rooms and modern amenities, from Tesla charging stations to free WiFi. The Superior Rooms and Suites provide your most luxurious option for a romantic getaway featuring his-and-her basins, while the Standard Rooms are still a fantastic option for couples on a budget. But at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, the experience is more about the downtime, whether it’s indulging in a couples’ spa treatments at the Amaia Luxury Spa or trying your luck at the casino. What’s more, you’re only moments away from The Octagon in Dunedin city centre.

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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross© Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

2. Camp Estate by Larnach Castle

Away from the hustle and bustle of Dunedin, this luxurious retreat is located right by Larnach Castle on the Otago Peninsula. Ideal for a special occasion like a honeymoon or anniversary, the luxury country house offers a small collection of couples’ rooms with designer gas fireplaces and black granite styling, giving each room a modern look with a heritage twist. Each night, be treated to complimentary pre-dinner drinks and canapes before dining in one of the Larnach Castle’s dining rooms. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Dunedin

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Camp Estate Larnach Castle© Camp Estate Larnach Castle

3. Aurora on George

Contemporary meets urban meets garden at the attractive Aurora on George. While motels might not evoke thoughts of the most romantic type of accommodation, your mind will most probably be changed after a night in this four-star motel. Aurora on George boasts modern studios and suites with comfortable king beds, robes, slippers, Sky TV, free WiFi, ensuite, fully-equipped kitchen and even an umbrella for the Dunedin weather. Each room is extremely well-appointed with modern furniture. As for facilities, enjoy the beautiful inner-city flower garden of the motel, a fitness centre, as well as a cafe and restaurant on site.

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Aurora on George© Aurora on George

4. Wains Hotel Dunedin

For couples on a budget but still looking for a high-quality hotel experience in Dunedin, set your sights on Wains Hotel. The 3.5-star hotel is set in a Victorian-era building where the history of the place is complemented by the modern-meets-classic furnishings. The Standard Double Room presents the best value room while the Standard King Room and King Suite provide more space. Enjoy meals at the on-site restaurant, Relish Bar & Restaurant, with 24/h room service available. Car parking is available at a cost.

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Wains Hotel Dunedin© Wains Hotel Dunedin

5. Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Another popular romantic hotel in Dunedin is the Kingsgate Hotel by Millennium Hotels. Each of the hotel’s 55 rooms have a private balcony soaking up city views. While the Standard Rooms provide great value, 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 together. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Dunedin for Foodies.

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Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin© Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

6. Hotel St Clair

Swap the inner city for unbeatable waterfront views at Hotel St Clair. The award-winning boutique hotel features 26 self-contained rooms and suites located on Esplanade Parade by St Clair Beach. Most rooms boast glorious ocean views, while others have luxurious features like a deep-sunk spa bath and extra-large balconies to enjoy a glass of Otago wine from. Rooms are incredibly well-appointed, with welcome additions such as underfloor heating in the bathroom.

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Hotel St Clair© Hotel St Clair

7. The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

Located moments away from Dunedin’s major city attractions, staying at The Victoria Hotel makes exploring Dunedin on a romantic weekend away all too easy! There is a range of rooms to suit different budgets, from uninspired Standard Rooms to the ultra-luxurious Victoria Executive Suite. Breakfast and dinner are served at the on-site restaurant, the Well Manor Restaurant, which also provides room service. Extra facilities at the hotel include a gym, free Wifi, car parking at a cost and Tesla chargers.

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The Victoria Hotel Dunedin© The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

8. Bluestone on George

Set the tone right by staying at this “adult-only” apartment hotel. The boutique hotel offers studio apartments with kitchenettes, laundry machines and ensuites. Indulge in your private double body therapy spa bath and feel the cosiness of the underfloor heating, bathrobes and double-glazed windows. There are also facilities to keep your fitness up to scratch at the on-site gym then un-do all the hard worth by indulging in a continental breakfast or antipasto platters delivered straight to your room.

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Bluestone on George© Bluestone on George

9. St Leonards Lodge

The expansive harbour views and historic ambience of St Leonards Lodge make a stay here feel straight out of a historical romance novel. The home is protected by The Historic Places Trust of New Zealand and is run as a luxury boutique hotel with four glorious rooms. On arrival, you’ll receive a complimentary fruit basket in your room, as well as fresh flowers and a tea/coffee minibar. On top of that, there are many wonderful spaces to enjoy together, both inside and out, from the pool table room to the tennis court. Find this lodge in St Leonards, between Dunedin city and Port Chalmers.

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St Leonards Lodge© St Leonards Lodge

10. Captain Eady’s Lookout

This delightful homestay bed and breakfast is located in the quiet village of Portobello, a short drive from Dunedin on the Otago Peninsula. The character house is situated on a bluff overlooking the harbour and is named after the ferry master from the era the house was built in. The house features a gorgeous flower garden to enjoy while staying in one of the home’s two queen bedrooms with ensuites. Enjoy views across the harbour from your private elevated deck.

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Captain Eady's Lookout© Captain Eady's Lookout


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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