Dunedin is a popular place for many tourists to start their South Island or New Zealand touring, from Dunedin they can self-drive down to the bottom of the South Island and all the way to the top, never having to take the same route! At the top of the South Island you can take the ferry across to Wellington in the North Island.
Getting to Dunedin is relatively simple with a few options available to suit your budget and time frame. Dunedin International Airport is served by major international and New Zealand airlines, including direct flights to and from Sydney and Brisbane, Australia. Dunedin Airport is located 30km south of the city and there are plenty of taxis and airport shuttle services available to take you to your Dunedin location.
For self-drive visitors Dunedin is located on the main New Zealand highway (Highway 1), and can be accessed either coming from Invercargill in the South or Christchurch in the North. The roads into Dunedin are excellent and there is plenty of coastal scenery to be enjoyed.
However if you prefer to enjoy the scenic highlights while someone else does the driving then there are plenty of shuttle buses and coach lines operating to and from Christchurch, Queenstown, Wanaka, Invercargill and the West Coast.
Dunedin does have quite a few hilly bits, so if you don’t have a vehicle to get around then you will need to use public bus transportation or a taxi service. However a great way to see Dunedin and the Otago region is with a tour operator.
There are plenty of tour companies available for day trips to the Otago Peninsula so you can enjoy the top attractions such as Larnach Castle, Aquarium, Taiaroa Head, Monarch Wildlife Cruises, Penguin Place, Royal Albatross Centre and much more.
If flying is more your Dunedin touring style, there is a great range of flight seeing options that will showcase the best of the Otago and Southern Lakes regions in a comfortable and safe ‘birds eye view’. Of course many people visit Dunedin for romantic getaways, weddings or luxury escapes, and what better way to be transported around Dunedin then via a limo or chauffeur driven luxury vehicle. From classic jaguar cars to executive 4WD tours and luxury stretch limousines, this is the place to enjoy exceptional Dunedin transportation for that special occasion!
For the more budget minded, having your own rental cars gives you the independence to come and go as you please, and there are some really good rental car companies located in Dunedin including the big name brands such as Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty, however don’t forget to check out the rates for some well known local companies such as Dunedin Car Hire for a range of suitable vehicles to rent, including 4WD, budget, sedan and mini vans. Alternatively, you can buy a vehicle from any reputable Dunedin Car Sales Yard, such as Mike Turfus Motor Traders.