“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

Coming home after being away for so many years brings both excitement and anxiety. Jon and I had recently moved (back) to New Zealand. It’s a bit earlier than when he thought he’d be back but our circumstances led us to this new path. The interesting part, we’re back in his hometown, Dunedin – a place he hasn’t lived in for years. It’s easy to explore new places in your own country but how do you find new ways to love a city you’ve known all your life? Two words – Street Art.

Contrary to the gloomy, grey skies that Jon dreads about Dunedin, bright, sunny skies welcomed us during our first week in Dunedin. It was the perfect time to explore the Street Art Trail in Dunedin.

Dunedin Street Art Trail

The Dunedin Street Art Trail is one of the city’s latest attractions. Located in the Warehouse Precinct and adjoining areas of Dunedin, the street art trail consists of over 25 (and growing) street art masterpieces made by world-renowned artists and talented locals. One of the best things I love about Dunedin is its outstanding heritage buildings — the world-class street art really adds a flair to the city!

Read more about Dunedin’s Street Art Trail in their official website: http://dunedinstreetart.com/

You can wander aimlessly along the Warehouse District and uncover hidden art along the way or you can grab a map of the Dunedin Street Art trail from the visitor’s center at the Octagon and discover as many as you can. We did a bit of both. From massive walls of car parks to hidden alleyways, a stroll along the street art trail of Dunedin was a truly incredible way to see the city. You walk past so many sights along the way too.

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - BeFree

I can’t imagine the thoughts of nostalgia in his head as we walked familiar areas he’s known since he was younger. But I was glad to be there, to see the streets and alleyways of Dunedin be brought to new light with the street art trail.

Here are some of the art works we saw along the Dunedin street art trail:

Pixel Pancho (Italy) located in Jetty Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Pixel Pancho - Riding Dreams

DALeast (China) located in Stafford Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - DALEast - Chinese Artist

Phlegm (UK) and Pixel Pancho (Italy) located in Stafford Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Phelgm and Pizel Pancho in Stafford Street

Phlegm (UK) located in Vogel Street 

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Phlegm - Fish

Phlegm (UK) located in Manse Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand

Be Free (Australia) located in Police Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Be Free

Fintan Magee (Australia) located in Rattray Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Chasing Clouds

Etam Cru (Poland) located in Broadway

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Girl - Etam Cru

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Etam Cru - Girl

Roa (Belgium) located on Bath Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Roa

Phlegm (UK) located in Moray Place

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Moa

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Moa Bird

Natalia Rak (Poland) located in Liverpool Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Love is in the Air
Are you planning to do a DIY tour of the Dunedin Street Art trail? You can download the street art trail map from Dunedin NZ here.

Latest news and updates about the street art scene in Dunedin are available on the Dunedin Street Art Facebook Page here.

Interested in discovering more street art around the world? Check out Google’s Street Art Project.

Have you seen Dunedin’s Street Art? Have you been to any street art trail in other parts of the world? Let us know. 


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About the author

Gia Kristel De Guia

Gia, who currently lives in New Zealand, grew up in Manila, lived in Singapore for three years and travelled the world for nearly 2 years. From watching sunsets to hiking mountains, she loves the outdoors. She enjoys living in big cities but takes pleasure staying in quaint, small towns. An aspiring photographer and budding writer, she is the voice behind Mismatched Passports, a travel blog dedicated to the journey around the world with her New Zealander partner, Jon.

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