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VII Southern Connection Congress General Information


The conference will be held at the University of Otago Dunedin campus. Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university and top ranked for research in the country. The conference programme will be housed in the Castle and Burns lecture theatres with social events in the Otago Museum and the Savoy. On campus accommodation will be provided at University College a five minute walk from the lecture theatres.

To view all accommodation options please select visit the Accommodation page.

Download the University of Otago Dunedin campus map (in PDF format).


Dunedin was founded in 1848 and sprang to prominence with the gold rush of 1861. It sprawls across the hills at the head of a beautiful harbour. Among the sites are the only mainland breeding colony of the Northern Royal albatross, the only castle in New Zealand and the steepest street in the world.

For more information please see:

Getting to Dunedin

Delegates travelling to New Zealand should check the Visa requirements on the Immigration New Zealand website.

By Air

Dunedin International airport is located 30kms south of the city. There are daily flights from Auckland Wellington and Christchurch and links to other towns in New Zealand.

There is no bus service into town but taxis and shuttle buses operate from just outside the terminal. A taxi fare from the airport to Dunedin is typically around $75 to $85. Shuttle cost varies according to the number of passengers with fares starting from $30.

Shuttles can be pre-booked online at

Dunedin Taxis
Tel 64 3 477 7777

Southern Taxis
Tel 64 3 476 6300

All of the major rental car operators also serve the airport.

By Road

Dunedin is easily accessible by road.

Buses operate from Christchurch (approx. 5hours) and Queenstown (approx. 41/2 hours).

There is no train service


There can be four seasons in one day in Dunedin but temperatures in January usually average 20-25C during the day. It may rain!

Touring New Zealand

If you are planning travelling in New Zealand some useful websites include:


© VII Southern Connections
Congress 2013

Department of Botany
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand