The Club was built for a pioneer; the members continue to build on that pioneering spirit through friendship, enjoyment and appreciation of the Fernhill homestead as their own.
The Dunedin Club offers an exclusive environment where elegance and tradition blend seamlessly with an understanding of modern expectations.
Whether it's for a Member, a guest celebrating an important occasion, a business person hosting a meeting or for a bride-to-be, the Dunedin Club will always have something special to offer.
The Dunedin Club has a distinguished history which stretches back to the pioneers of the 1850s. In 1848 the two settler ships John Wickliffe and Philip Laing berthed at Dunedin, bringing Otago's first European migrants. Ten years later, a group of entrepreneurs founded The Dunedin Club in rented premises in Maclaggan Street.
The premises which the club occupies today were built by the colourful whaler, run holder and businessman John (Johnny) Jones in 1867. In 1874 the Club purchased Jones's Fernhill property.
This historically significant building is a dignified example of mid-Victorian colonial architecture, set in spacious, landscaped grounds.
"The Club offers the style, dignity and gastronomy; the members profit from the friendships, engagement and cuisine"
- President Dr Margot Skinner
The Dunedin Club is a place for entertaining, for business, for exciting events and fine cuisine; it’s a place to experience the good life with the finest company.
Members are from a wide variety of professions and backgrounds, making the Club a superb space to connect with people who are shaping the future of our city.
Admittance is not based on gender, wealth or ancestry. There are two membership classifications: town and out of town. To arrange a tour of the Club’s facilities please contact us via the link below.
Dr Margot Skinner
Andrew G A Hamilton Esq
Immediate Past President
Gerard deCourcy Esq
Steve J Brocklebank Esq
Norcombe R Barker Esq
Roger J McElwain Esq
Matt S Haggart Esq
R W M Greenslade Room, also known as both the Bar and Card Room, is located near the rear of the Club and opens up to the lovely terrace and garden where members can enjoy a drink or meal underneath our well-established chestnut and camphor trees.
The warm and timeless décor is ideal for enjoying an aged whisky or a pint of Emerson’s in your own engraved pewter. Choose a table by the fireplace and order something delicious from our traditional Friday night grill or bar menu.
Throughout the year our fantastic sports clubs stay active. Each group holds tournaments and casual games, with dinners and other various other events also being enjoyed by Members involved. All skill levels are welcome.
Interesting events will feature regularly on your calendar when you are a Member of the club.
These include lecture and speaker series evenings, oyster lunches, billiard tournaments, cocktail receptions, Christmas celebrations, wine, beer and whisky appreciation events, amongst a range of other entertainment opportunities.
Members’ events are a great way to make long lasting friendships and important professional connections.
Refer to our Membership Section for more details.
Each room in the Club has something different to offer. The Club can be used for business or private functions; from a small dinner party for 4 to a formal sit-down banquet for 100. The Dunedin Club is a magnificent venue in every respect; from the food and service, to the décor and ambience.
Hosting a private party with friends or a corporate event? We offer a number of multi-purpose private rooms for smaller or more grand occasions. Contact us for further information.
The Dunedin Club offers a spectacular wedding venue steeped in tradition but with a contemporary feel. We understand every wedding is unique and we can tailor our service to meet your needs. We are experienced in delivering you a stress free, special day.
Menus are created and tailored to suit each occasion.
All our dishes are prepared and cooked entirely in our ‘A’ Excellent rated kitchen using the best local produce”. We are flexible with menu options and also cater for special dietary requirements with notice.
Our overnight guest rooms are available for the comfort of Club Members, their out-of-town guests and visiting affiliated Club members.
Set in a charming heritage-listed boutique property near the heart of the city, the Dunedin Club is not only an excellent choice for accommodation, but also a delightful venue for a conference or wedding reception.
Accommodation consists of five double rooms, two twin and one single room. Charges are very competitive. Smart, tidy casual dress is the minimum requirement for the Dunedin Club. T-shirts and sneakers are not accepted.
Members are all advised of their responsibility to ensure that they
and their guests are suitably attired.
Feel free to contact us with any enquiries regarding membership, private functions, catering, accommodation or site visits.