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Dunedin and Its Scarfies - Roadside Stories

Dunedin and Its Scarfies - Roadside Stories


Castle St, Dunedin

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the student and rugby cultures active in Dunedin. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Dubbed 'scarfies' for the scarves they sport at rugby games, Dunedin's Otago University students make up a sixth of the city's population. Many live in run-down flats and adopt a rebellious, partying culture -- occasionally to the point of burning sofas and rioting in the streets.

Scarfie flats,



Otago region: sport and recreation,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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