If you want to check out some of Dunedin’s best cafes as well as some surreal street art and historic architecture, a visit to the Warehouse Precinct will be just the ticket. It’s a short walk from George Street and the Octagon (the city centre of Dunedin) and can be visited as part of an unofficial self-guided walking tour of downtown Dunedin (but more on that later).
The Warehouse Precinct: What to See
Dunedin’s Warehouse Precinct is a small collection of streets housing some of the city’s nicest old buildings. The old warehouses (and other buildings) have mostly been restored to their former glory and it makes for a very photogenic area. Take a stroll down Vogel Street (and nearby Jetty Street) to see the best bits.
Street art is another big reason to visit the Warehouse Precinct. Dunedin is home to some of the best street art I’ve seen anywhere in the world (it has a mostly sci-fi / steampunk edge to it) and one of the coolest murals is right outside Vogel Street Kitchen. There are some other murals scattered around too – between the street art and the historic architecture you won’t be short of things to look at.
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Another good place to visit in (or right next to) the Warehouse Precinct is Queens Gardens. This big patch of grass is surrounded by old buildings and is a good option if you want to have a picnic in the shade (or just relax for a bit after lots of walking around the city).
Where to Eat and Drink
Dunedin’s Warehouse Precinct seems to be positioning itself as a “hip” place to eat and drink. There’s an organic grocer, Dunedin’s only specialty donut joint (Mama’s Donuts), an awesome burger restaurant / bar (Good Good), a pool bar (Boweys Pool Bar and Lounge) and some of the city’s best cafes (Heritage Coffee and Vogel Street Kitchen). There isn’t too much going on at night but in time I can see this area filling up with all kinds of bars and restaurants. It’s only a 10 minute (or less) walk to the Octagon, Dunedin’s main nightlife spot, and it could one day offer a nice alternative. There is one proper pub – the Duke of Wellington – go there if you’re into your imported British beers.
Things to See Nearby
The Warehouse Precinct is a short walk from most hotels in downtown Dunedin. It makes sense to walk around the city centre. There is heaps to see in quite a small area – highlights include the Octagon, the old buildings on Stuart Street, the street art scattered around the city (some of the best are on or near lower Stafford Street, which is very close to the Warehouse District), the Dunedin Railway Station (probably New Zealand’s nicest old building) and plenty of museums and galleries. A little further afield is the University of Otago and the Botanic Gardens.
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