6 boutique Dunedin stays to book for your next trip down south

Escaping to the south? Book these utterly unique, Instagram-worthy Dunedin accommodation picks
Korimako Suite and Kaimata at Cape Saunders, Dunedin, from $443 at Airbnb

There’s something undeniably alluring about spending the night in a hotel or luxurious Airbnb, and Dunedin, a city rich in heritage and culture, offers plenty of beautiful boutique accommodation.

We’ve compiled a guide to the best 4 and 5-star Otago hotels and Airbnb stays the region offers. Whether you’re looking to stay in the city centre, Port Chalmers or St Clair, these six boutique Dunedin accommodation stays will have you bursting with interior ideas you’ll want to replicate at home.

6 of the best boutique Dunedin accommodation in New Zealand

1. The Glasshouse, Andersons Bay, Dunedin

From $330 per night at Airbnb

If you’re a Grand Designs New Zealand fan, you’ll recognise this unique Dunedin accommodation with its curved glass roof and lush, green conservatory, allowing you to sleep under the stars.

A former Sunday School hall, the boutique Airbnb is located in Andersons Bay. It’s a short distance from the city and the beachside suburb of St Kilda and is on the backdoor step of Otago Peninsula for those wanting to indulge in a scenic drive.

In classic Kiwi hospitality style, The Glasshouse is also home to Buddy the sheep, who will relax with you by the fire.

Key features: 

  • Parking available
  • EV charger
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Laundry facilities available
  • Access to the garden to harvest herbs and pick flowers
  • Scenic city views


2. The Princes Apartment, Central Dunedin

From $460 per night at

Set within one of the oldest commercial buildings in Dunedin city centre, the Princes Apartment is a modernised rendition of time gone by.

Owned by ceramist Amanda Shanley, she spends her days in the downstairs pottery studio. Upstairs, in the private apartment, you’ll discover a mix of heritage elements, original features and a curated collection of art, furniture and lighting, including locally sourced objects.

Thanks to the apartment’s central location, you’ll be within walking distance to the museums, art galleries and restaurants. If you’re after an afternoon respite, the apartment’s back garden is the perfect place to tune out and relax.

Key features: 

  • Central location
  • Parking available
  • Private garden
  • Laundry available
  • Children’s cots (upon request)
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Scenic views of the garden and city


3. Scandinavian-style rural barn, Blanket Bay, Dunedin

From $291 per night at Airbnb

Nestled in the quiet countryside between the historic village of Port Chalmers and central Dunedin, this rural Scandinavian-style barn offers an escape from the fast pace of urban life. 

Modern and cosy, the light-filled guesthouse features a loft bedroom with a skylight and overlooks a pond inhabited by local birdlife. 

Close to the beaches and coastal scenery, we won’t blame you if you’d prefer to spend your holiday inside, enjoying a glass of Otago’s best wine as you take in the beautiful surroundings. 

Key features: 

  • Quiet, rural location
  • Sleep under the stars with openable skylight
  • Smart TV
  • Heat pump
  • Walk in shower
  • Breakfast provided
  • Parking available


4. The Chamberson Hotel, Central Dunedin

From $250 per night at

If you’re after celebrity treatment and world-class service, stay at The Chamberson in the centre of Dunedin. Since its time as a former warehouse, the heritage hideaway has been beautifully renovated, preserving its original architectural features.

Offering the best hotel amenities like parking, laundry and dry-cleaning services, you’ll unlikely want to leave your light-filled hotel room — wrap up in your robe, order room service, and make yourself at home.

Key features: 

  • Central location
  • Fully equipped rooms with wardrobe and TV
  • Parking available
  • Accessibility friendly
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning available
  • Range of views across the city


Camp Estate, from $592, available on

5. Camp Estate by Larnach Castle, Dunedin

From $592 at

Fancy a stay at a glamourous country house, a mere walk away from Aotearoa’s esteemed Larnach Castle?

Camp Estate is a luxurious and spacious five-bedroom house, decorated in a neo-classical style. It’s fitted with fireplaces and pastoral views of the surrounding countryside and harbour, so you can make the most of your rural stay.

The grand marble staircase and crystal chandeliers will make you feel like you’re staying in a traditional English manor, and the rooms are full of amenities fit for a king or queen.

The Dunedin accommodation’s dining on offer is equally as luxurious as the accommodation at Camp Estate. Guests are invited to dine at Larnach Castle each evening and can feast on a cooked breakfast come morning.

Key features: 

  • Stay on site at Larnach Castle
  • Modern bedrooms with views of surrounding countryside and harbour
  • Parking available
  • Accessibility friendly
  • Free breakfast
  • Room service, bar and restaurants on-site
  • Adults only


6. Korimako Suite and Kaimata, Cape Saunders, Dunedin

From $443 at Airbnb

There’s a sense of serenity at Kaimata. Perched high about the Papanui inlet on Cape Saunders, the eastern edge of Otago Penninsula, this Airbnb stay offers a soul-restoring escape from the everyday.

The floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the beautiful space provide a perfect opportunity to watch the sunrise, while the fireplace in the lounge sets the ideal spot for curling up to read a good book.

The Korimako suite offers WiFi connectivity but no phone reception, allowing you to experience a rejuvenating holiday. If you’re looking for adventure, head down to the deck below to visit the seals or take a tour of Otago Penninsula to see the Little Blue Penguin, the world’s smallest penguin.

Key features: 

  • Parking available
  • Scenic views
  • Private beach access


Is Dunedin worth going to?

Dunedin is undoubtedly worth a visit for anyone seeking a blend of history, natural beauty, and vibrant culture. The city’s iconic Octagon, surrounded by historic buildings and bustling with activity, serves as the heart of Dunedin’s social scene.

Larnach Castle is always worth a visit. Its fascinating history and stunning gardens offer a glimpse into the region’s past and present. St. Clair’s beautiful beach and charming esplanade are perfect for relaxation and coastal exploration.

With its rich heritage, captivating attractions, and picturesque surroundings, Dunedin presents a compelling destination for travellers seeking a unique and diverse experience.

Where are some unique places to stay in Dunedin?

Whether you’re seeking modern luxury or historical grandeur, these exceptional Dunedin accommodation picks promise a memorable stay.

The Glasshouse, located in Andersons Bay, offers a one-of-a-kind experience with its stunning glass conservatory allowing guests to sleep under the stars.

For a touch of elegance and history, consider staying at The Chamberson, where you can immerse yourself in the charm of a beautifully restored Victorian building.

And for a truly enchanting retreat, the Camp Estate at Larnach Castle provides an unforgettable opportunity to stay within the grounds of New Zealand’s only castle.

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