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What’s open in Dunedin right now?

An up-to-date guide on what's open and closed as well as the current rules and regulations in Dunedin.

The Otago region is blessed with water views, historic architecture and a cocktail of Scottish and Maori heritage. In other words: what’s not to love?

Keen to get out and explore? Whether you’re a local or a visitor before you take to its streets, find out what’s open and what rules you may need to follow to do so safely.

Note, the below is accurate as of 2 March 2021. Due to the evolving nature of the situation, the information provided can change at any time. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm. Social distancing and maintaining good hygiene still apply.

What restrictions are in place for Dunedin residents?

Dunedin is on Alert Level 2. While this means that venues and attractions can open, there are gathering limits and physical distancing restrictions in place wherever you go to keep the community safe.

  • Physical distancing: You must keep two metres away from others when in a public setting and one metre away when in a controlled environment such as restaurants.
  • You may travel where the Alert Level is 2 or lower: This includes local and regional travel, unless the destination is in Alert Level 3 or 4. At the moment this includes Auckland, which you should avoid unless there is an essential reason.
  • Gathering limits: Social gatherings, including weddings and funerals, are restricted to 100 people throughout the city.
  • Masks are required on transport: This includes on public transport and on domestic flights, unless you’re exempt. Rideshare and taxi drivers must also wear masks but riders do not need to.
  • Feeling sick? Get tested: Case numbers might be low but it’s still very important to get tested if you have flu or cold like symptoms.
  • Download the NZ COVID Tracer app: All businesses and services must display signage for the NZ COVID Tracer app and ask patrons to sign in using it.
  • Practice good hygiene: Remember to wash your hands for 20 seconds regularly and to cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of it afterwards.

What’s open in Dunedin

Are attractions open in Dunedin?

Indoor and outdoor attractions can once again reopen in Dunedin with no social distancing and gathering limits in place.

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Are walking tracks, beaches and parks open in Dunedin?

Yes! You can visit walking tracks, beaches and parks in Dunedin for leisure purposes. Again, gathering limits and physical distancing restrictions may be imposed. It’s also advised that masks are worn when possible.

Popular tracks, beaches and parks that are currently open are the Highcliff Track, Tomahawk Lagoon, Saint Clair Beach, Tunnel Beach and Dunedin Botanic Gardens.

If you’re hiking, it’s a good idea to check the local website before leaving home as tracks may be closed for other reasons such as maintainance or due to hazards.

Are shopping centres, supermarkets and grocery stores open?

All shops, grocery stores and supermarkets in Dunedin are allowed to open.

As part of Alert Level 2, there are physical distancing and gathering limit rules to follow. All businesses must display a NZ COVID Tracer app poster for you to sign in with before you enter.

Are hotels open in Dunedin?

Yes. Hotels and other accommodation such as hostels and Airbnbs are open for leisure stays.

As there are physical distancing and gathering limit restrictions, some facilities in these accommodations may be restricted or on timed use. This includes restaurants, swimming pools and gyms.

Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions in Dunedin?

Although restrictions have eased, dining venues and attractions in Dunedin are subject to a 100-person gathering limit. While this is generous, popular venues may book out over peak times so it’s a good idea to pre-book if you can.

Popular tourist attractions in and around Dunedin you can pre-book include:

Are restaurants, cafes and bars open in Dunedin?

Yes! All dining venues in Dunedin can reopen with gathering limits of 100 people per defined space. As part of Alert Level 2, patrons are required to sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer app upon arrival.

To maintain physical distancing, tables will be spaced one metre apart and only each party will have one server if possible.

What’s closed in Dunedin?

Due to low case numbers, almost everything is allowed to reopen across Dunedin.

Despite this, it doesn’t mean that everything has re-opened or is operating as normal.

Some venues have been forced to close as a result of COVID-19 and select events have been postponed due to coronavirus-related concerns.

As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to check the latest updates, particularly for events and festivals, before you go in case it has been cancelled or postponed.

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