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As one of the major cities in the Otago region of New Zealand, Dunedin is full of excitement for visitors. Within the city centre, there are lots of restaurants, bars, and museums to keep you entertained. The city has a strong Scottish influence and is often referred to as the “Edinburgh of the South.” Throughout the region, you’ll see examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, offering a different feel to the other cities of New Zealand. Head outside of the city, and you’ll find natural landscapes that people flock to from all over the world to experience. The nearby Otago Peninsula is teeming with native wildlife, and there are plenty of places to witness the rugged coastline of the Dunedin region. With flights getting you to Dunedin in a little more than an hour, Dunedin is the perfect place to go for a weekend out of Wellington.
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The best time to visit Dunedin
The temperatures in Dunedin can change drastically throughout the year. Summer experiences lots of sunshine and warm weather averaging 22°C during the day. In winter, temperatures can hit 9°C during the day but often drop below 0°C at night. Snow is also a regular occurence in Dunedin and the Otago region during the winter.
Although the weather conditions are so different, both summer and winter are high seasons in Dunedin. In the summer, visitors like to take advantage of hikes and water sports around Dunedin. In winter, tourists flock to Dunedin from all over in order to experience the nearby skiing. While summer and the ski season are the busiest seasons to visit Dunedin, the city experiences much less tourism than its neighbouring city of Queenstown, so you’ll have no trouble finding an affordable hotel at any time of year.
For a quiet and serene Dunedin experience, plan your return flights from Wellington to Dunedin in the spring or autumn. Temperatures hover around 14°C, which is great weather for walking around the city and going for hikes. During spring and autumn, you can also find some great deals on hotels in Dunedin as well as WLG to DUD flights.
Departing From Wellington
Wellington’s airport is conveniently located just 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the city centre. There are several quick and affordable transport options to get to the airport to catch your flight to Dunedin Airport (DUD).
Return flights from Wellington to Dunedin are available through Air New Zealand and Jetstar. Each day, there are about 15-20 return flights from Wellington to Dunedin available. Direct flights will get you into Dunedin Airport (DUD) in a quick 1 hour 15 minutes.
Getting to Wellington Airport
The Airport Flyer bus is the transport option most people pick when travelling to Wellington Airport. The Airport Flyer follows bus route 91 through the city, making stops in the CBD as well as Petone and Hataitai. From the CBD, this bus will get you to the airport in less than 30 minutes. You can purchase an individual ticket or pay with your Snapper card. Fare to ride the Airport Flyer is $9 NZD.
For a more affordable transport option, you can also catch a Metlink public bus. Bus route 2 offers access to the airport and picks up passengers throughout the CBD as well as Karori, Hataitai, and Miramar. Get off the bus at the corner of Broadway and Hobart streets in Miramar. From there, the airport is only 10 minutes away by foot. Using a Snapper card, you can take bus route 2 from the city for $2.81 NZD.
With the airport’s close proximity to the city, catching a taxi or an Uber is a practical option. You’ll get to the airport in about 15 minutes for a fare ranging from $30 to $40 NZD.
Parking at Wellington Airport
Several parking options are available at Wellington Airport, including short-term, long-term, and valet parking. Reserve your parking space in advance to ensure the best prices.
Where to Park at Wellington Airport
• Long-Term: This is the most affordable option. Parks start at $29 NZD per day and get cheaper for each day parked. A week costs $105 NZD.
• Short-Term: Located 5 minutes from the terminal. Daily rates start at $34 NZD for uncovered spaces.
• Valet Parking: Available just outside the terminal, this option will get you into the airport in less than a minute. Rates start at $59 NZD per day.
Arriving in Dunedin
Dunedin Airport (DUD) is the main airport serving the eastern side of the Otago region. It is located 22 kilometres (14 miles) from central Dunedin in a neighbouring town called Momona.
How to Get from Dunedin Airport (DUD) to Your Dunedin Hotel or Accommodation
There is no public transport available from Dunedin Airport (DUD) into the city. But if you’d like to catch a bus, you can catch an Intercity bus into the CBD. There are three Intercity buses available each day, getting you to central Dunedin in about 30 minutes. Tickets for the Intercity bus cost $30 NZD. Tickets can sell out for these buses, so be sure to book your spot in advance.
Super Shuttles are another option into the city. While they take longer than the Intercity bus, they are cheaper at $20 NZD. Shuttles are shared with other passengers heading into Dunedin, and the trip from the airport to the city often takes 45 minutes. If you are travelling in a group of 6 to 11 people, you can book a private shuttle for $120 NZD that will take you directly to your hotel.
If you would like to take a taxi, several taxi companies are available from Dunedin Airport (DUD). A taxi into the CBD will arrive in about 25 minutes for a fare of around $80 NZD.
Things to do in Dunedin
Larnach Castle is known as the only castle in New Zealand and is one of the top tourist attractions in Dunedin. It is located east of the CBD on the Otago Peninsula and dates back to 1871. The castle is a stunning example of architecture. And surrounding the castle are some equally impressive gardens. While the castle is privately owned, you can tour the castle and walk through the gardens. You can also get some great views over the Otago Harbour.
The Otago Museum is the place to go to learn about all things Dunedin. The museum includes a number of exhibits that focus on different aspects of the region’s natural history. While visiting the museum, you can learn about Maori and Polynesian cultures, native plants and animals of Otago, and the maritime history of the region. The Otago Museum is open every day and is free to visit.
Spot Wildlife on the Otago Peninsula
One of the top reasons people love visiting Dunedin is for its abundant wildlife. East of the city, you can visit the Otago Peninsula where there are colonies of sea lions, seals, blue penguins, and the only mainland royal albatross colony in the world. Wildlife tours of the Otago Peninsula are available. There are also several walking tracks where you can go for a hike along the coast and spot some animals.
This unique beach got its name due to the tunnel you walk through to reach the beach. Tunnel Beach is located in a rugged part of the Otago coastline. It’s lined with limestone cliffs, and on the beach you can also see arches, caves, and limestone columns. Tunnel Beach is the perfect place to go for a coastal walk. And as you walk along, keep your eyes peeled; people have been known to find fossils on Tunnel Beach.
Hike Up Signal Hill
For one of the greatest views over central Dunedin, pay a visit to Signal Hill, which is just north of the city centre. The hill has 19 different hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult. If you are a mountain biker, Signal Hill has several mountain biking trails as well. Once you reach the top of the hill, you’ll be rewarded with views of central Dunedin on one side and the Otago Peninsula on the other.
St Clair Beach
St Clair Beach is a popular summer destination in Dunedin. The beach is known for its waves that are ideal for surfing. Whether you are a seasoned surfer or a beginner, you’ll have a blast riding the waves at St Clair Beach. If surfing isn’t your thing, the beach also has a heated saltwater swimming pool, a nice coastal walk, and lots of restaurants and cafes.