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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin, New Zealand

by Gaycation Magazine


Dunedin is located on the South East coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is a city nestled in tree-clad hills at the head of a spectacular harbour. It is also the main centre of, and the gateway to, the Otago region. Dunedin is New Zealand’s largest city by area and arguably the most spectacular in terms of contrasting landscapes. Across Otago Harbour and Peninsula are the majestic sweeps along the sandy beaches of St Clair to the stunning little “secret places” such as Tunnel Beach and the haunting rocky tors and tussock of Middlemarch, the hinterland is the starting point for the Otago Central Rail Trail. The seaside settlements of Karitane and Port Chalmers provide the perfect setting to escape the city for the day. Dunedin also has a spectacular and varied coastline. There’s good surfing north and south and a host of safe swimming beaches.

Hotel Reception

Dunedin’s largest and most prestigious hotel, the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, enjoys a premium location in the heart of the city. Just a short walk from the Octagon, railway station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago university, it is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Dating back to 1883, this landmark building now blends Dunedin’s distinctive charm and heritage with modern day guest comforts. With 178 attractive rooms and suites, extensive hotel facilities, and a very high standard of service this is the perfect Dunedin hotel with special access rooms available.

Spacious Rooms

Hotel Facilities Include:

  • A choice of room styles, including standard rooms and sumptuously furnished suites up to a 4.5 star standard, with quality room amenities.
  • Superb dining options in a selection of restaurants, cafe, and bar.
  • High quality hotel facilities for business and pleasure, including extensive conference and meeting facilities.
  • Easy access to Dunedin’s best local attractions and city highlights.
  • Excellent customer service to ensure your stay is enjoyable and memorable.
  • Carlton Restaurant
  • Ports O’Call Grill
  • Boldini Café & Wine Bar
  • Ports O’Call Bar
  • 24-hour reception
  • 24-hour room service
  • Two guest laundries
  • Valet laundry & dry-cleaning service (available six days a week)
  • Ice making machine
  • Gym with sunbed
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Business services
  • Valet and self car parking (a charge may apply)

All rooms and suites include:

  • Sky TV
  • Movielink
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Clock radio
  • Ironing facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Hot drink making facilities
  • Minibar
  • High-speed Internet access

Boldini Café & Wine Bar

Often referred to as the Edinburgh of the south, Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city and traces its history back to its Scottish settlers. As such it has a rich history to explore but also has many other activities to interest and thrill visitors. Just a few to consider include:

  • Albatross colony
  • Historic architecture
  • Penguin & seal colony
  • Larnach Castle
  • Marine Studies Aquarium
  • Olveston Historic House
  • Surf beaches
  • Otago Settlers Museum
  • Glenfallock Gardens
  • NZ Sports Hall of Fame
  • Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Dunedin Art Gallery
  • Monarch Harbour Cruises
  • Speights Heritage Centre
  • Dunedin Casino
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Cadbury World
  • Theatre
  • Shopping, including boutique fashion
  • Trout fishing
  • Saltwater canoeing & kayaking
  • Cycling & mountain biking

Your visit to Dunedin will be made all the more memorable by your stay at the unique and historic Scenic Hotel Southern Cross. Dunedin is the Celtic name for Edinburgh and is home to some interesting locals, including the world’s rarest penguin—the yellow-eyed penguin—New Zealand sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, and little blue penguins. Everyone loves the lifestyle here.

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