Scottish architecture, vibrant entertainment strips with bars and cafes, universities galore: Dunedin is the perfect place for students, couples, professionals and families. Whether you’re planning to move to Dunedin as a student embarking on an educational journey, or a family who want to soak up the fresh air and culture, Dunedin is a perfect place to hang your hat. Like all cities, there are better areas than others, so let’s take a look at some of our fav Dunedin suburbs to try and figure out which one is best for you!


Opoho is a name that automatically makes you think, ‘prestige’. As one of the most sought-after suburbs in the South Island’s second biggest city, it offers breathtaking views of the city and is a popular suburb for people of all demographics – from students to retirees. Students are attracted to Opoho due to the close proximity to the university district, while families relish the safe neighbourhood and convenient location. Opoho is perched on a hill and offers a beautiful view of the local gardens.

St Clair

We love this beachside suburb of Dunedin, and we’re not the only ones! St Clair is one of the best pockets in the city. When you live in St Clair, you can stroll out of your front door and be on the beach in a matter of seconds. St Clair is home to one of the South Island’s best beaches, so it’s fair that so many people want a little part of it. What sets St Clair aside from other New Zealand beach suburbs is that it combines beachside living and a central lifestyle: it’s just 5kms from the CBD.

North East Valley

Famous for having the world’s steepest residential street, Baldwin Street, there’s much more to love about North East Valley than just this quirky little novelty. North East Valley is a great option for you if you want a little more peace and quiet without being too far from the city. It’s a short drive or bus ride into the CBD and it offers some great views of the city. Check out Aussie media personalities, Hamish and Andy, and their attempt to climb Baldwin Street in an RV!


The hillside suburb Mornington is ideal for families. It’s one of the best suburbs in Dunedin with great schools and plenty of parks around, meaning your kids will get the best quality of life in Mornington. But it’s not just great for kids – there are plenty of things from grownups to do as well. In the main strip of Mailer Street, there are buzzing cafes and restaurants.

Decided which Dunedin suburb is calling your name? If so, call the moving specialists at New Zealand Movers. They help people from New Zealand and around the globe move safely and happily into the beautiful city of Dunedin. NZ Movers guarantee great service at low prices, so don’t hesitate to grab a quote when you’re ready. Request a quote now.

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