As New Zealand's oldest city, Dunedin is a destination that mingles perennial charms with modern pleasures. Walking the streets, you will be inundated with a variety of interesting architecture, from Saint Joseph's Cathedral to the Dunedin Railway Station. If viewing the brilliant structures of the city is not enough, this location also offers plenty of natural, historical, and cultural sites, such as the Long Ridge tramping track, the Otago Settlers Museum, and the Public Art Gallery. This location, though fascinating, is still something of a hidden gem for most travelers, so cheap flights to Dunedin are almost always easy to find.
Best time to travel to Dunedin
Though not overly expensive, flights to Dunedin are at their priciest from December to February. The mild, temperate climate of this period makes attempting to climb the incredibly steep Baldwin Street, viewing the Dunedin Botanical Gardens, and exploring the Larnach Castle a very delightful experience.
The prices of flights fall from March through May, and September to November. These periods range from gently crisp to beautifully warm. Since the climate is stunning during either part of the shoulder season, outdoor activities, such as playing on Allans Beach or riding a horse at Hare Hill, an absolute must.
From July to August the weather becomes especially chilly. Although the climate can be rather biting at times, these months are still excellent for visiting some of the numerous indoor attractions. If you are itching for some culture, you can go to the Temple Gallery or see a show at the Fortune Theater. If you are looking for something a bit different, you can tour the Speights Brewery or the Cadbury Chocolate Factory.
Dunedin Airport and transfer information
Dunedin International Airport (DUD)
Distance: 22km southwest of city center
Shared shuttle buses are the most economical method of ground transport, though they can take a bit longer to arrive in the heart of the city. Taxis are faster, but can be rather expensive for the budget traveler. Alternatively, you can rent a car from one of the numerous rental companies that service the airport.