Idealog's Guide to Dunedin

The southern city is retaining the old while embracing the new.

Idealog's Guide to Dunedin

It may be closer to Antarctica than the Equator, but Dunedin's surfing scene is attracting die-hards from all over the world. And with their obsession for finding the perfect wave, they're bringing a spirit of entrepreneurship that's starting to transform the region.

Idealog's Guide to Dunedin

With the increasingly influential iD Dunedin Fashion Week, a host of established and up-and-coming fashion brands basing themselves in the city, and a regular flow of talented students honing their craft, it could be argued Dunedin is the world’s southernmost fashion hub. And this reputation is adding to the city’s sense of optimism – and style.

Idealog's Guide to Dunedin

Dunedin is exploding with new bars, breweries, cafes, restauarants and takeaway spots. From the major redevelopment of Emerson’s Brewery, to the juice bar that took a risk opening in “chilly Dunedin”, to the bar owner who decided to stock up with one of the best ranges of gin in the country, Dunedinites are spoilt for choice. Here are some of Idealog’s favourite haunts

Idealog's Guide to Dunedin

Due to a combination of good luck and good planning, Dunedin’s economy is starting to grow—and diversify—after many years in the doldrums. Caitlin Salter looks at the city’s economic prospects and sees some positive signs.  

Idealog's Guide to Dunedin

Dunedin has long been a haven for creative types of all stripes. Now a burgeoning street art scene is breathing new life into its old buildings and helping to grow its cultural tourism market.

Idealog's Guide to Dunedin

As well as fostering a start-up culture built on the back of the Gig, Dunedin is also staying true to its indie roots with lifestyle businesses that prove there is still a real market for handmade, artisan products. And it’s not just jams and birthday cards.

Idealog's Guide to Dunedin

Last year, Dunedin won Chorus' Gigatown competition, becoming the first place in New Zealand with 1GB per second broadband. Is it transforming Dunedin's economy or just providing higher resolution movies? We take a look at how it's being used and where it's taking the city.

Idealog's Guide to Dunedin

Tyranny of distance? Pffffffttt. Architecture van Brandenburg is one of many Dunedin companies that are doing world-class work from the deep south—and technology is making it even easier to work with international clients.

Idealog's Guide to Dunedin

As someone who grew up in Invercargill, spent five formative years expanding/eroding my mind at the University of Otago and, then, after a short jaunt overseas, returned home and got my first proper job as a feature writer at the Otago Daily Times, I will always have a soft spot for Dunedin.