Distinction Dunedin Hotel

At a glance

  • Convenient location at the heart of the city
  • Dunedin’s former post office building

Distinction Dunedin Hotel


An upmarket city bolthole with easy access to everything Dunedin has to offer.

This restored hotel is in the revitalised Warehouse Precinct, a former trading hub near the city’s docks and now an urban area full of eclectic architecture and vivid murals. The neighbourhood is a leisurely 10-minute stroll from The Octagon, Dunedin’s thriving city centre. If you’re looking to explore the superb Otago Peninsula, known for its amazing wildlife including sea lions, albatross and rare yellow-eyed penguins, it’s a 20-minute drive away; the grand Larnach Castle is also just 20 minutes away by car.

The building was originally opened in 1937 as Dunedin’s main post office – behind the classic façade lies a stylish, contemporary retreat. There’s a 24-hour fitness centre on the third floor, and each studio room or suite comes with a microwave, washer/dryer, sleek TV and luxurious walk-in rain shower.

Parcels Restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as sandwiches, scones and desserts for afternoon tea on weekends. If you’re celebrating an occasion or just fancy some space to yourself then there’s private dining at The Vaults, the original vaults of the former post office which are tucked away behind the lobby. Go for evening drinks at Post Bar for alcoholic options plus a good selection of teas and coffees.

TripAdvisor rating

Based on 594 reviews
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Key information

In a central Dunedin spot, an easy walk to the waterfront

Airport transfer time: Approx. 35 minutes from Dunedin airport
Rooms: 121

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020
Distinction Dunedin Hotel is one of our favourite hotels, but don’t just take our word for it – TripAdvisor reviewers agree and have voted the resort 23rd in the Top 25 Hotels in the South Pacific category for 2020.

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Accommodation information

121 studio rooms and suites


2 restaurants, bar

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