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What's on in Dunedin?
Winter Market Day
With flights from Palmerston North to Dunedin in August, you may be able to catch the town’s magical Winter Market Day. It generally takes place at the beginning of August at Coronation Hall in Portobello and features fantastic food trucks, stalls, buskers and more. The market serves up warming dishes from around the world, stalls selling lovely handmade candles and jewellery to brighten your winter, as well as mulled wine and eggnog to bring you a piece of Christmas in August.
Ocean Film Festival World Tour
The Ocean Film Festival World Tour screens more than three hours of film that is designed as a celebration of the ocean. This Dunedin event features incredible footage of both above and below the water’s surface, shown through a series of short films. If you manage to book Palmerston North to Dunedin flights when the festival is on, it’s an immersive and mesmerising experience you won’t forget.
The Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival
The Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival is a favourite among locals and visitors with flights Palmerston North to Dunedin. Every year, the event is packed with a fantastic music line up and superb craft beer from Dunedin and further afield. With lots of different beers to sample, you don’t need to worry about satiating your appetite either; the festival features several food trucks and stalls too. If you’re planning a Dunedin escape with friends, the festival might be worth adding to your holiday itinerary.
The Regent Theatre
Theatre and ballet lovers with flights from Palmerston North to Dunedin need to visit the Regent Theatre. The venue regularly hosts some of the best choreographers, productions and performances in New Zealand. From award-winning ballet to well-known plays, there’s always something interesting on at the Regent Theatre.
What is the best way to get around Dunedin?
When you book Palmerston North to Dunedin flights, it may be worth booking a rental car too. There are several car hire branches, including Go Rentals, Hertz and Thrifty, located near the Dunedin Airport (DUD) terminal building, plus locations in the city centre as well. Rental cars can be booked through Webjet at the same time as booking your flights. Although Dunedin isn’t a big place, renting a car can be a good opportunity to venture further afield and visit other popular nearby spots, including the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head.
Dunedin’s bus service is an affordable transportation option for visitors with Palmerston North to Dunedin flights. Whether you’re staying in the city centre, Mornington or Opoho, there are often buses available to accommodation your travel plans and sightseeing itinerary. You can pay with cash or use a Bee Card. Bee Cards are available to buy on any bus or at the Dunedin City Council Centre in the Octagon. For more details on which buses you need to catch, check out the Otago Regional Council Dunedin bus information page.
Dunedin’s city centre is nice and flat, making it great for biking. The weather can get a little chilly in the winter, but if you’ve managed to book cheap flights from Palmerston North to Dunedin in the summer, you’ll find many locals prefer to get around on two wheels. The weather is often pleasant and there are good cycle paths across the suburbs and the city centre. You should find that renting a bike is easy, but as Dunedin is a student town, there are a number of second-hand bike shops that can make buying a ride even more affordable than renting one.
Dunedin is easily explore on foot, so walking is a great way to see Dunedin’s main attractions. If you want to absorb the city like a local, this is the best way to get around.
When should I visit Dunedin?
While Dunedin does enjoy some pleasant summers - average daytime temperatures sit around 17°C - the weather may not be the main reason for your trip. The South Island city is better known for its rich Scottish and Maori heritage, beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and for having New Zealand’s largest student population. In summer, hiking and cycling trails are also very popular and give you the chance to see the region’s dramatic landscape, including the Otago Peninsula.
Spring in the South Island’s second largest city can be a little colder than other parts of New Zealand, but, because of that, you might be able to grab cheap flights to Dunedin from Palmerston North. Temperatures usually sit at around 13°C, but if you’re happy to add an extra layer and wooly hat, there’s a lot to do on a springtime visit. Consider venturing outside the city and seeing some of the region’s unique wildlife, from the colonies of albatross, to the rare yellow-eyed penguins and sea lions.
Winter in Dunedin is cold; it can sometimes snow and temperatures regularly drop below zero. If you’re in search of a proper wintery feel, Dunedin is one of the best places to visit between May and September. You’ll also be there in time for the Midwinter Carnival and several winter markets.
For warmer temperatures, book Palmerston North to Dunedin flights near the beginning of autumn. Temperatures are very similar to summer. It can be a little quieter if you travel outside of school holidays, giving you the chance to see more of the city.