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Dunedin Guide

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Dunedin is the second largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Here you will be able to walk down the world's steepest street, see a painting by Monet, dine out in a fabulous 19th Century castle, and get a glimpse of the rarest penguins in the world along white sand beaches. Explore the area with your own car, book cheap car hire in Dunedin with us and secure a rental car for your holiday. Its the best way to see the sights without the hassle of public services.

Explore Dunedin

Situated at the end of the earth, Dunedin is spread throughout a beautiful sheltered harbour, adorned with Edwardian and Victorian towers and their spires. There are also many neo-Gothic architecture and stately homes, that regularly punctuate Dunedin's cityscape, and are well worth a visit.

Dunedin’s city center has a wonderful array of restaurants, quaint cafes, art and craft shops, and beautiful jewellery, and if you like shopping there are many fashion design outlets. There is a strong Scottish flavour to Dunedin, a name which when translated into Gaelic means Edinburgh.

Located less than a mile away from the Botanic Gardens is the steepest street in the world. You can buy a certificate at one of the local shops at the top of the street to prove that you walked up it.

If you wish to see some wildlife travel out from Dunedin to 'The Otago Peninsula'. This area is occupied by an extremely rare colony of penguins, royal albatross, sea lions and not forgetting the incredible Larnach Castle.  A world of recreational opportunities awaits the more adventurous traveller. Leaving Dunedin, the first wildlife-rich area is 'Nugget Point', sign posted just south of Balclutha. Gloriously undisturbed coastline awaits, with stunning scenes all the way to Waikawa.

Further south, at Curio Bay, you can see the world's finest fossil forests of the Jurassic era, which can be viewed at low tide. This sea-washed rocky terrace can be dated back as far as 160 million years. The original vegetation of this area were conifers and kauri trees.

Also nearby is the wonderful wilderness of the Caitlins, noted for its forests. Hiking and camping here is popular with the locals and tourists.

The major suburbs in Dunedin are: Belleknowes, Kensington, Glenross, Kaikorai, Littlebourne, Mornington, Maori Hill, Opoho, Wakari and Woodhaugh.


Dunedin Airport, located only 30 minutes drive from the city centre, operates mainly domestic flights. Car rental companies at the airport include; A2B, Avis, Budget, Driven Rentals, Europcar, EziRent, Hertz, Jucy, Nationwide and Thrifty. We offer a better selection of cars at cheaper prices, so book online with us today. The majority of international travellers enter the country at Christchurch Airport or North Island Airport in Auckland. These also have a number of suppliers with desks in their arrival halls.

If car rentals are not for you there are other ways of getting from either of the airports mentioned. Buses, taxis and shuttles service the area and are fairly cheap.

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