There are many reasons why Kiwis and expats alike are flocking to the South Island’s second-largest city, Dunedin. It’s not just because of the affordable housing and excellent tertiary education institutions; there’s a whole other side of Dunedin that’s just waiting to be discovered.

Here, the team at New Zealand Movers outline your guide to the best neighbourhoods and housing options in Dunedin.

Saint Clair

Saint Clair is one of Dunedin’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. A leafy, beachside and family-friendly suburb, St Clair is home to some of Dunedin’s best beaches, like St Clair Beach, Second Beach and the nearby Tunnel Beach – a hidden gem which is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Quiet, safe streets with beautiful grand homes are key features of Saint Clair, drawing in affluent families from all over New Zealand. It’s also a short drive to two of Dunedin’s best single-sex secondary schools, King’s High School and Queen’s High School.

  • Housing options in Saint Clair
    Housing options for Saint Clair generally include larger, modern homes and Tudor-style manors.


Not far from Saint Clair is the family-friendly yet bustling suburb of Musselburgh. Located at the foot of the Otago Peninsula, Musselburgh features the perfect mix of quiet residential streets and a commercial strip with cafes, restaurants and markets. Nearby schools include Bayfield High School and St Brigid’s School, which children walk to from their large Musselburgh family homes. Musselburgh is just a 6-minute drive from Dunedin CBD.

  • Housing options in Musselburgh
    Musselburgh is home to many gorgeous bungalows and cottages with large gardens, as well as having easy access to the coast.

Dunedin North

Hip, central and incredibly student-friendly, Dunedin North is the city’s best spot for students and young professionals. The neighbourhood is home to three major tertiary education facilities, the University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic and Dunedin Teachers’ College. Recreational sports and dog-walking is popular at the beautiful Logan Park, just a short walk from the University of Otago.

  • Housing options in Dunedin North
    Dunedin North has a pleasant mix of modern apartments, beautiful old duplexes and contemporary style homes, too.


One of Dunedin’s most prestigious neighbourhoods is Opoho, situated on a hill to the north of the city centre. It features breathtaking views of the city and is home to large houses hidden behind lush green hedges. High-income families flock to Opoho for its safe and quiet streets, excellent schools like Opoho School and short drive to the city’s tertiary institutions.

  • Housing options in Opoho
    Lovely big homes with generous gardens are the standard abode in beautiful leafy Opoho.

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