Dunedin named New Zealand's most beautiful city

Dunedin railway station.
Dunedin railway station. Photo credit: Supplied - Keep New Zealand Beautiful

Dunedin has been named New Zealand's most beautiful city, beating Hutt City to take out the top spot.

The southern centre took out the title at the annual Keep New Zealand Beautiful awards on Friday evening.

"[The Dunedin] submission exhibits a strong sense of community pride; they have implemented exceptional recycling initiatives to further engage the community, which have shown outstanding results," Keep New Zealand Beautiful said in a statement.

"Their community beautification has an element of heritage conservation, which fits naturally with the essence of the city."

Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO Heather Saunderson said the awards aimed to celebrate the communities that were working hard on sustainability, environmental excellence and community beautification.

"Every entrant in the Beautiful Awards deserves to be celebrated for their contribution towards making New Zealand a safer, cleaner and more beautiful place for current and subsequent generations," she said.

Raglan beat Waihi to receive the title of New Zealand's most beautiful small town, and Taupō took out Timaru to win the most beautiful large town prize.

Best loo went to the Hot Water Beach Toilets, despite competition from the Benneydale Public Toilets at Te Mata Peak Park.

"This iconic public toilet facility officially opened just a year ago, visually blending in beautifully with the surrounding coastal environment," Keep New Zealand Beautiful said.

"They are located on the forefront of the world famous Hot Water Beach which see visitors including overseas tourists, New Zealand visitors and locals.

"The facility has been purpose-built to accommodate high tourism numbers, large amounts of sand and a harsh beachside environment."

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