The symposium will take place at the Otago Museum which is located next to the University of Otago's main campus in Dunedin.


Dunedin offers accommodation options to suit a variety of budgets, all available within short walking distance of the symposium venue.

Depending on room availability, symposium participants can stay at the University of Otago's Executive Residence, which is located in the vicinity of the museum and campus. 

It will be expected that most symposium attendees will be able to stay within walking distance of the venue.

We recommend the following venues, which have conference discounts for PIHS attendees:

Alcala Motel

704 George Street, Dunedin 9016 | +64 3 477 9073

 (5 - 10 min walk to venue)

The motel offers a corporate rate for anyone attending the symposium. This is $117.00 NZD per night based on single occupancy, or $120.00 NZD per night based on double/twin occupancy.

In order to secure this rate, delegates will need to phone or email the motel directly, state that they are attending the symposium and request the special rate.

858 George Street Motel

email: | Freephone 0800 858 999 | + 64 3 474 0047

(5-10 min walk to venue)

The motel has two options for PIHS attendees:
1. Studio - upstairs at $145.00 per night - can be double or twin share   
2. One Bedroom - ground level at $160.00 per night - can be double or twin share with option of 3rd person extra $25   

When emailing please quote Pacific International Health Symposium

Allan Court Motel 

590 George Street, Dunedin 9016 | Reservations Freephone 0800 611 511 | +64 3 477 7526

(5 min walk to venue)

The motel will offer special rate for the guests of university.

  • Room Type: One Bedroom Apartment with fully equipped kitchen. Nightly Rate: $148
  • Room Type: Two Bedroom Apartment with fully equipped kitchen. Nightly Rate: $190 ( rate for 2 guests)


Additional accommodation options can be found here.


Dunedin has an international airport with direct flights from major eastern Australian cities, and from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. 

Getting from Dunedin Airport (DUD) into Dunedin City: 

Dunedin Airport is about a 25 minute drive from the central city. There is no bus service or other public transport between the airport and Dunedin. Shuttles (shared taxi vans) and taxis are available from the airport for all flights. For information on typical prices and some of the operators at the airport, see the Dunedin Airport Transport webpage. You can also pre-book (and pre-pay) for a shuttle or taxi via the latter webpage. Please note that we will not be organising transfers to and from the airport.

We recommend booking your airport shuttle at least a DAY BEFORE your transfer is required.

Getting around Dunedin:

Dunedin has an affordable bus system that runs throughout the city and the outer suburbs. Bus times are limited though and many routes cease after 6pm. Luckily, most places are within walking distance in the city and Dunedin has reliable and affordable taxi service.


The Octagon is a 15 - 20 minute walk from the University and is the centre of the city. Surrounding the Octagon are many fine food and drinking establishments, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Reading Cinema and the Dunedin Public Library. Nearly all of the main galleries, clothing stores and eateries are located on George Street. Most buses departing on Albany Street (outside the OUSA Clubs and Societies building) stop at the Octagon.


12 Emily Siedeberg Pl

Coffee roastery café, with quality selection of baked treats, variety of deli sandwiches and salads.


10 Clarendon St

Bar and restaurant located close to the University with a nice range of vegetarian and local cuisine, plus ciders and wine.

The Good Oil

314 George St

Consistently good quality coffee and a mouth-watering all-day menu of à la carte and cabinet food.


1st Floor, 12 The Octagon

Located near the Octagon, an expensive restaurant, but well worth it with excellent food and service.

Scotia Bar & Bistro

199 Upper Stuart Street

Moderately expensive but delicious Scottish cuisine. Upstairs is the Doon Bar which has snacks and nice whiskeys.


Described as a ‘lounge bar’, this little place is down an alleyway off Moray Place (opposite the Rialto Cinema) and has a good selection of cocktails and drinks.


141 Lower Stuart St

Located near the Octagon, this is another great little bar in Dunedin. 


29 The Octagon

Located in the Octagon (adjoining the Dunedin Public Art Gallery), Nova is ideal for breakfast and a quick coffee, dinner and a glass of wine,  or a deliciously sweet dessert.


Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

31 Queens Gardens

Located on the Harbour near Queens Gardens, this is a lovely Museum with a nice café and gift shop. It is approximately 20mins walk from the University and is close to the Octagon.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

30 The Octagon

Located next to the Octagon, the Gallery has a range of contemporary exhibits, a quality gift shop and one of the few all-day and weekend cafes, Nova.

Otago Museum

419 Great King Street

Located just opposite the University on Great King Street, the Museum features contemporary and historical exhibits and has a nice café.

Dunedin Street Art

Dunedin has a lively street art scene. Visitors to the city may enjoy a walk through the historic warehouse precinct (map) just south of the Octagon. In addition to the many street art installations, this area is well serviced by a number of excellent cafés including Vogel Street Kitchen and the Heritage Coffee Company.



+ St Clair Beach

There are many fine beaches around Dunedin but the easiest one to get to is St Clair Beach, located about 30 mins from the centre of Dunedin. There is a salt water pool on site and great restaurants lining the beach (highly recommend Esplanade for an authentic Italian experience). It’s also accessible by public bus from George Street (8 - St Clair - City - Normanby).

Royal Albatross Centre

1260 Harrington Point Road

Located on Otago Peninsula at Taiaroa Head, the The Royal Albatross Centre runs tours of the Albatross colony. The site is also home to penguins and seals so is well worth the effort to get there if you can. If you hire a care, it's a 45 min drive from the centre of Dunedin. Alternatively, you can book a half-day tour through Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours for $89.

Larnach Castle

Also located on Otago Peninsula, this is New Zealand’s only castle and is apparently haunted. Beautiful surrounding gardens with excellent views of the city and a café located on site. The Castle is around 30mins drive from the centre of Dunedin and a taxi costs approximately $40.


For more information on the above venues and sites and for other adventures, please visit the Dunedin Visitor's Centre.

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