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Dunedin Street Art Trail: Discovering One of New Zealand’s Best Cities for Street Art

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - DALEast - Chinese Artist
Written by Gia Kristel Algie

“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!

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 (Dunedin i-Site) 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 is definitely one of the best things to do in Dunedin and a truly incredible way to see the city. You walk past so many sights along the way too.

I can’t imagine the thoughts of nostalgia in Jon’s 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 artworks we saw along the Dunedin Street Art Trail:

“Riding Dreams” by Pixel Pancho (Italy) located at 365 Princes Street

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

Haast Eagle by DALeast (China) located at 5 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 at 76 Vogel Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Phlegm - Fish

“Song Bird Pipe Organ” by Phlegm (UK) located at 12 Manse Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand

Be Free (Australia) located at 106 Bond Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Be Free

Be Free (Australia) located at 106 Bond Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - BeFree

Fintan Magee (Australia) located at 149 Rattray Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Chasing Clouds

“When the Hunter becomes the Hunted” Etam Cru (Poland) located at 4 Broadway Street

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

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

Native Tuatara by Roa (Belgium) located at 7 Bath Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Roa

Moa Bird by Phlegm (UK) located at 85 Moray Place

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Moa

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Moa Bird

‘Love is in the Air’ by Natalia Rak (Poland) located at 48 Bond Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - New Zealand - Love is in the Air

Bik Ismo (Puerto Rico) located in Princes Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - Dowling Street

Ed Sheeran Mural by Tyler Kennedy Stent located in Bath Street

Dunedin Street Art Trail - Ed Sheeran Mural - Bath Street

Prior to Ed Sheeran’s visit to Dunedin for three very successful concerts, this mural was commissioned to celebrate the artist with the intention of getting Dunedin’s name out to his millions of social media followers. There has been a lot of controversy behind the creation of this mural though. Some people liked it, others didn’t. What do you think?

Dunedin Street Art Trail Tour

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 or you can grab a copy at the i-Site located at The Octagon (Dunedin’s Centre).

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

Note: I have updated this post to includes some new street art additions to Dunedin. 

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 Algie

Currently based in New Zealand, Gia grew up in Manila, lived in Singapore for three years and travelled the world for nearly two 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 husband, Jon.

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