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Dunedin dating: looking for love in Otago

At EliteSingles we cater for New Zealanders in search of real, long-term love. Our membership base is mostly made up of singles aged 30-55 who are educated, professional and in search of a committed, fulfilling relationship with someone really like-minded. If you're ready to meet your Dunedin match then join us today!
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Dunedin Single Life

Nestled in between rolling hills and wild beaches sits Dunedin, New Zealand’s first official city.1 Here you can find elegant Victorian buildings, colourful student headquarters and a population who knows that they’ve found a pretty amazing place to call home. It should come as no surprise, really, to hear that this city of stately stone and outdoor adventure was recently voted New Zealand’s most beautiful!2

Yet, for all its charm, this can be a tricky city in which to find love. Singles on the Dunedin dating scene often find themselves running up against the same time-honoured complaints: the workplace is too busy for office romance; the cafes and museums are already full of happy couples and finding someone long-term in a bar or pub can be a needle in a haystack situation at best. 

Dunedin dating with EliteSingles

It is little wonder, then, that so many Dunedinites are turning online to find someone special. For those with particular dating criteria, using a website like EliteSingles makes sense – there’s no need to wade through student-packed bars or couple-heavy venues when you have access to a service that brings like-minded singles to you!   

We help Kiwis in their search for love by offering a safe, supportive online dating website with a focus on intelligent matchmaking. We take our members’ locations, relationship preferences and personalities into account when suggesting a match, ensuring that an EliteSingles pairing is always made with true compatibility in mind. If you're looking for smarter dating in Dunedin then join us today!

Date ideas in Dunedin

Of course, once you find someone interesting, the question arises of what you are going to do for that all-important first date. Happily for those looking for Dunedin dating ideas, this is a city packed with wonderful things to do and see – all year round. Our top picks are below or you can see them on a map here.

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The Registry Building in the University of Otago
Out and about

The best part of a Southern winter is watching everything burst back into life in September. It's the perfect time of year to take a wander with someone special to discover Dunedin’s spring finery. Follow the Leith through the Otago University campus for a particularly stunning spring stroll: think historic buildings, bright daffodils and lacy cherry blossoms.

Of course, the winter has its own lovely outdoor moments too – such as July’s annual Cadbury Chocolate Carnival (make sure to treat your date to an entry in the great Baldwin Street Jaffa Race for a taste of true romance, Dunedin style!). Finally, if you truly can’t bear the cold, make a beeline for the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum: chatting about the exhibits makes a great ice-breaker!


Couple on a date in a Dunedin coffee shop
Dining in Dunedin

All that outdoor exploration can definitely work up an appetite, which is a good thing in a city with such delicious cuisine! Those craving a coffee date will find that Morning Magpie is well worth a visit. They might be the new kids on the Dunedin café scene, but these baristas know their brews, meaning that their coffee is hard to beat!

For something more substantial, Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant provides a classic Dunedin dating option – they’ve been bringing fabulous food and wonderful wine to the city for 22 years. They are also just a short stroll away from the picturesque Dunedin Railway Station, home to Scotia Bar and Bistro. Their extensive whisky and craft beer menu is the best place in the city to have a nightcap – the perfect finale to a day of Dunedin dating.

Yellow Eyed Penguins (Hoiho) on the Otago Peninsula
Further Afield

Whether during a glorious Dunedin summer or a dramatic Dunedin winter, a visit to the beach is a spectacular dating option. Close to the city, the promenade at St Clair makes for an elegant date destination – especially when combined with fish and chips on the boadwalk or even a delicious meal at the award winning Pier 24.

A more wildly romantic option involves taking a drive out to the breathtaking beaches of the Otago Peninsula or even the Catlins. Here you will find rare sea lions, penguins, fur seals and the world’s only mainland albatross colony – the perfect date for an animal lover!  And who knows, if things go really well, you might find yourselves returning here in time: CNN voted the Otago Peninsula one of the world’s best places to propose!3