Dunedin International Airport (DUD) is the main aviation facility for Dunedin, the pretty city that sits at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island. Passengers will be able find ATMs, currency exchange services, a duty free area, conference facilities, a few eateries, an information desk, charging stations, and free WiFi.
At 30km from the CBD of Dunedin, you’ll find that taxis and shuttles service the airport, and you can take a taxi into town for about 50-60NZD ($47-57).
Airlines that fly to Dunedin from Australia are Air New Zealand, Qantas, Emirates, China Airlines and Virgin Australia.
Why visit Dunedin?
Victorian Dunedin is one of New Zealand’s largest cities, and is known for its whisky, for its university, and for its striking resemblance to Scotland’s Edinburgh. A charming little city, with great cultural attractions, a good nightlife, and a swell cuisine, you will find more than enough to keep you occupied during your stay. Added to that, this city is located in the Otago Peninsula, making Dunedin ideally placed for anyone looking to explore the glorious scenery of the South Island.
Things to do in Dunedin
Explore the city on foot, and you will find a number of excellent heritage attractions, such as the Olveston Historic Home—an example of Edwardian life, the Railway Station, the Dunedin Prison, and the First Church of Otago. There is also the unusual Victorian Larnach Castle, the only castle in the entire country!
After you’ve had your fill of colonial architecture, visit the Otago Museum, which takes an in-depth look at the indigenous cultures of New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Then for something a little off-beat, tour the local Speight’s Brewery, which has been brewing ale since the 1800s.
Lastly, strike out of the city limits and take advantage of the spectacular scenery by taking a boat tour out on the water for a chance to see seals, dolphins, and cheeky penguins. Or head out to the tip of the peninsula to Taiaroa Head and visit the Royal Albatross Observatory, where keen bird-watchers will be able to see the breeding grounds of these spectacular animals.
Best time to visit
· Summers (December-February) are your best bet for warm and sunny weather. This is the peak time to visit the South Island, so you may find prices spike a little, but temperatures stick to around 15-30°C.
· Spring and autumn are great for hiking, as the seasons sit about five degrees lower than the summer. Expect the days to fall between 10 and 25°C.
Arriving in Dunedin by plane
· You can fly directly from Brisbane (BNE) to Dunedin, but otherwise flights from Australia will be directed through Wellington (WLG), or Christchurch.
· New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
· Australians can enter New Zealand and stay indefinitely, as there is a reciprocal agreement between the countries. If you would like to learn more, visit the Smart Traveller website for more information.
Please note that information is correct as of November 2016
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