Travel to Dunedin
Dunedin has its own international airport, located about 30 km from the University of Otago Dunedin campus, with convenient taxi and shuttle options. Dunedin offers a host of tourist activities within a short drive from the city centre, and shuttle or bus services are available for many of these.
Some visitors may find it worthwhile to explore flights into Queenstown (about 4 hours by car from Dunedin) or Christchurch (about 5 hours by car from Dunedin). Regular bus services connect both cities to Dunedin, and both cities are well worth an extra few days, if time allows.
Things to do in and around Dunedin
Dunedin offers a host of tourist activities right around the city centre. Some of the more popular operations include:
- Otago Museum (free)
- Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (free)
- Olveston Historic Home
- Dunedin Botanic Garden (free)
- Speight’s Brewery Tours
- Dunedin Street Art Walking Tour
Nature and wildlife enthusiasts may want to explore the following, all of them within roughly 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre:
- Orokonui Ecosanctuary
- Larnach Castle and Gardens
- The Royal Albatross Centre
- Penguin Place
- Tunnel Beach
If a day trip is on the agenda, a drive north along the coast might take in the Moeraki Boulders and the Victorian Precinct of Oamaru. Another option is the Dunedin Railways train trip up the Taieri Gorge.
Those looking to go even further afield might consider a drive to Invercargill (about 2.5 hrs), home of legendary bikie Burt Munro, and very near to Bluff, the southernmost point of Mainland New Zealand.
Attractions along the way include Curio Bay with its pods of Hector’s Dolphins and a petrified forest. Westward travel from Dunedin eventually leads to such tourist hotspots as Wanaka and Queenstown, along with the lesser-known town of Te Anau, the launching point for cruise trips to Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound.
More activities and attractions in Dunedin and Otago.