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    Tranpsort from airport into the city

    by craic Online Now Feb 27, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Hi - I will be arriving at Dunedin in late April - and find there is no bus into the city - 30 k away. The website recommends I prebook a shuttle. Do you think this is necessary? Or can I just rock up and find plenty waiting for customers? Also, the website makes no mention of cost. It just suggests that the more there are of you the cheaper it is. (It is very unsatisfactory actually.) A taxi costs about $90 apparently, so I don't want to do that.

    Has anyone arrived at Dunedin airport recently so knows what the story is?

    6 Answers Jul 31, 2015 at 9:34 PM
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    Itinerary for 3 days in Dunedin

    by heydelin Online Now Jan 2, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Hello! in about 3 weeks, me and my bf are flying to Dunedin and still have no hotel bookings and no itinerary yet. We are staying there for 4 days and 3 nights. Would appreciate any suggestions! Thank you in advance and happy new year!


    2 Answers Jan 3, 2015 at 1:36 PM
  • Cheap Make-Up Stores

    by newzealander2014 Online Now Oct 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Hi, I'm a student and am looking for cheap(ish) make-up and toiletries stores in Dunedin. I'm from the UK and am used to shops like Superdrug, Boots, Wilkinsons, Savers etc and was wondering if there are any similar priced places in Dunedin. Also (less important) does anyone know of any cheap but good hairdressers, preferably nearer to the university end of Dunedin.


    1 Answer Nov 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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    two english campervan travelers

    by whitechicken Online Now Apr 17, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    we will be in dunedin december 18th need a good campsite etc thanks

  • Transportation to Queenstown Airport from Dunedin

    by chrisgrev Online Now Dec 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Our daughter will be studying at University of Otago until June 2014. In determining her flight home out of Queenstown I am looking for information on the best way to get her and her large luggage to the airport. Bus/Shuttle schedules will come into play in determining departure time. Thank you for any info.

    5 Answers Dec 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM
  • Dunedin for 10 hours

    by plamemi Online Now Sep 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Our group of 8 adults are taking a cruise in November, and will be docked at Dunedin for 10 hours. I am wondering is there a way for us to visit Queens Town from Dunedin that is workable within the 10 hours constraint.

    Is there some local tour guide or tour company that can provide services for such a private tour?

    2 Answers Sep 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM
  • car hire Otago

    by weirdokarin Online Now Jan 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    hello all
    I am looking for advice about hiring a car in Otago.
    My plan is to fly into Queenstown and out of Dunedin - ideally I'd like to hire a car at Queenstown airport and drop it off at Dunedin airport, but if that's going to be very expensive I might decide to drive back to Queenstown and drop the car off there.
    Any advice? I want to pay the lowest rate possible - am I crazy to expect that from a smaller town?
    Also, I am arriving the day before the long weekend in March, will that affect prices, do you think?

    thanks for any input

    8 Answers Jan 13, 2014 at 1:07 AM
  • Royal Albatross Centre

    by tpg Online Now Nov 2, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Is it possible to see the albatrosses flying about without joining the tour?

    5 Answers Nov 3, 2011 at 8:45 PM
  • Irl v italy game!

    by sin1 Online Now Sep 28, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Hi, we are going to ireland v italy game on 2nd october( last minute tickets), we have a camper van but all campsites powered and unpowered seem to be totally booked up as well as any type of accommodation. can anybody help? We are more than happy to sleep in the campervan but know that we cant just pull up on the side of road. any help would be appreciated!Thanks!

    1 Answer Oct 2, 2011 at 1:24 PM
  • Dunedin Accommodation for Rugby 2 October

    by shirleybeer Online Now Sep 14, 2011 at 3:12 AM

    My friend and I are 2 avid 65 year olds travelling to Dunedin for the game on October 2nd and would like a bed for the night please. Can recipicrate if you want a bed in Christchurch sometime. thanks a million, Shirley

    1 Answer Sep 25, 2011 at 4:09 PM
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    Accommodation in Dunedin during the Rugby World Cup?

    by eamonnmcc Online Now Aug 4, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Hi, My 3 friends and I are going to be in Dunedin for 1 night on the 2nd October for Ireland v Italy game and we can't find accommodation anywhere. Could someone reply if they know of anything going?

    Thanks in advance,


    1 Answer Aug 5, 2011 at 9:36 PM
  • The fastest route to Haast from Dunedin

    by khalid48 Online Now Dec 6, 2010 at 4:30 AM

    We will be going to the west coast, Franz Josef Glazier, etc, from Dunedin. Looking at the map, there are two possible routes. Which of these two is the fastest ? Going north, Dunedin-Palmerston-Ranfurly-Clyde-Cromwell-Wanaka ?
    Or going south, Dunedin-Mosgiel-Milton-Roxburgh-Clyde-Cromwell-Wanaka?
    Or is there any other fastest route ? From the map, the northern route passing thru Palmerston look shorter. But the shortest route may not be the fastest.

    Thank you.


    6 Answers Dec 13, 2010 at 5:10 AM
  • Southern Cemetery

    by JF5174 Online Now Nov 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    I'm visiting Dunedin next week by cruise ship and am just wondering how easy it might be to get to the Southern Cemetery from the cruise terminal please. My 2x great grandmother is buried there. We only have a day in port and of course we also want to go into the city. My last visit to Dunedin was in 1974, also only a brief stopover!
    Thanks very much for your help.

    2 Answers Nov 11, 2010 at 11:43 PM
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    Dunedin in April?

    by uktxgirl Online Now Mar 8, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    We will be visiting New Zealand for a family wedding in Auckland in April. This is our first visit and we'll only have 6 days on the South Island. There seems to be so much to see, so we're trying to narrow our choices to what is unique and/or particularly spectacular! So far we've decided to spend 2 nights in Te Anau either side of an overnight cruise on the Milford Sound. That way we can fit in a couple of 3 - 4 hour hikes in the area (off the Milford Rd). Then we'll finish with a day and a night in Queenstown before we fly out. We're wondering if April is a good time to see the penguins and albatrosses on the Otago peninsular, in which case we would fly into Dunedin and spend a night there before driving to Te Anau. Or should we spend a night in Mt. Cook Village and do some more hiking? We love hiking and mountains, but we would also welcome the opportunity to experience some of the region's unique wildlife. Any advice would be appreciated.

    5 Answers Mar 26, 2010 at 9:10 PM
  • coming dunedin on cruise cheaper alternatives to cruise excursions please

    by suebog Online Now Nov 20, 2009 at 2:58 AM

    coming on princess cruise to dunedin december how far to dunedin tourist centre
    can you recommend cheaper excursions than offered by the cruise line

    2 Answers Nov 20, 2009 at 2:01 PM
  • Dunedin City Heritage walking or Port Chalmers

    by DianeUS Online Now Sep 13, 2009 at 6:51 AM

    Hello! Thank you for all the advice on NZ! Sooo helpful! After our penguin tour, we will have 3-4 hours left. Debating whether to walk around Dunedin or Port Chalmers, where our cruise ship will be docked. Any suggestions? Thanks,Diane

    3 Answers Sep 15, 2009 at 4:16 AM
  • Bus from the Cruise Ship Terminal to the Railway Station

    by Rogr23 Online Now Nov 17, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Having seen the very useful posting from Kakapo2 (20/10/08), we want to get from Port Chalmers (cruise ship, due in 8am) to the Railway Station for the 9 30am Taieri Gorge train on a Tuesday (16/12). Does the bus go close to the Station? Is it pratical at that time of day? Would we do better to try and get a taxi (approx cost) from the ship?
    Many thanks

    4 Answers Dec 20, 2008 at 2:24 PM
  • Rent a car/train ride/catlins

    by aatiman Online Now Nov 11, 2008 at 11:33 AM


    Our first stop in South island will be Dunedin. I am travelling with my parents and my kid.


    1. Should we rent a car in Dunedin or just use public transportation.

    2. Also, is the train ride from dunedin to queenstown worth it.Should we drive from dunedin to queenstown

    3. We will be in dunedin for 2 nights, should we drive to catlins. There is so much to see in Dunedin. Please suggest


    3 Answers Nov 13, 2008 at 3:22 PM
  • Transportation to Dunedin from the port

    by pcb Online Now Oct 20, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    We are arriving by cruise ship and need to know if there is any transportation available from Port Chalmers to Dunedin. The cruise ship excursions are ridiculously expensive.

    3 Answers Oct 20, 2008 at 2:30 PM
  • Yellow penguin vs Blue penguin

    by skng Online Now Oct 20, 2008 at 10:53 AM


    I'll be travelling to NZ in Nov and wild life watching is one of my favourite.

    For yellow penguin watching in Dunedin and blue penguin in Oamaru, which one is better?

    How many yellow penguins are expected to see if I join a local tour in Dunedin? is it worth the price?

    Btw, does anyone know how to get to Dunedin and Oamaru from Mt Cook by public transport?

    Thanks in advance!


    4 Answers Nov 24, 2008 at 3:46 PM
  • dunedin tour or not to tour?

    by northriver Online Now Sep 2, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Can I see the Larnch Castle on my own or do I need a tour. Is there a bus or cab that goes there. I am on a cruise ship and am looking to see the city and Cadbury factory too. Any help?

    8 Answers Oct 21, 2008 at 4:05 PM
  • dunedin to auckland

    by rslynn07 Online Now Aug 23, 2007 at 12:12 AM

    could someone pls advise on how best to get from dunedin to auckland? i've found that it'll cost me about 300dollars return for airfare. Will buses be more affordable or worse? I guess time and extra costs will factor in for land travelling as I'd have to put up overnights on the way there, yes?

    3 Answers Sep 1, 2007 at 3:42 AM
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    Public transport question

    by vanchi228 Online Now Jun 13, 2007 at 5:06 AM

    pls anyone knows the public transport website of Dunedin, can you tell me?
    is there any public bus that goes to the Otago Peninsula and how long does it take to travel there from the city centre?

    I found some information about a bus called citibus (gold and blue color) that offers6 all day fare. Does anyone know where I can catch this bus from the city?

    Also, I'm planning to stay at this backpacker 36 Arden Street, Opoho , Dunedin, New Zealand. Do you know how far it is from the CBD and how to get there by public bus?

    Many thanks for your help!

    3 Answers Jun 14, 2007 at 5:57 PM
  • Distance to Catlins

    by Colleen52 Online Now May 23, 2007 at 5:39 AM

    Can you tell me how far it was from Dunedin to the Catlins, Thanks

    3 Answers Jun 7, 2007 at 4:05 PM
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    To visit Dunedin, yes, no? What to see and do?

    by swdke Online Now May 7, 2007 at 7:43 AM

    I am working on my itinerary to New Zealand during the latter part of November, and early December. I am considering visiting Dunedin, but my time is limited. I'd like to see the penguins, and albatros colony, but my time would be short, and I was wondering if I should go or not. As of now, would probably be arriving from Te Anau, arriving around 4 pm, and departing next day to head to Mt. Cook. Therefore, I think going to Dunedin would be out of the way, but maybe worth the time. I just wish I had more time, but I don't and can't help but want to "see and do it all." With that, I thought, we'll lets go for it, but now I am starting to wonder whether to go or not. So, I just thourght I'd ask on this forum what others thought. Thanks for your help.

    5 Answers Jul 27, 2008 at 11:22 AM
  • accomodation in dunedin

    by rslynn07 Online Now Jan 31, 2007 at 2:15 AM

    Hi there

    My niece (!!) is off to start her Foundation Year at University of Otago this February. I will be there with her for a month before flying back home.

    The catch is that while she's a Malaysian, she was born in NZ and is considered by the university as a "local" student and therefore accomodation at the university is not guaranteed. Considering that neither one of us have ever been in NZ (except for her in her baby days), could someone advice us on temporary accomodation for both of us and then permanent accomodation for her alone? Would be great if it's within walking distance from the campus. (Actually I have no idea where exactly the University is located).

    Also, what would be considered reasonable rates?

    Thanks so much in advance! :)

    2 Answers Jan 31, 2007 at 3:32 PM
  • Motorhome rental

    by Ciaran1 Online Now Jan 11, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    Is there any motorhome rental company operating out of Dunedin? It suits me to fly in/out of Dunedin but the major rental companies don't appear to have depots there.

    1 Answer Jan 11, 2007 at 11:47 PM
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    by pdean14 Online Now Dec 11, 2006 at 3:14 PM

    We are on a coach trip and arrive in Dunedin in the evening and then have the morning free. Is it possible to get a trip to the penisular to see the penguins in this time.

    7 Answers Dec 22, 2006 at 12:59 AM
  • 858 George or Motel on York

    by GulliversMom Online Now Sep 7, 2006 at 10:08 AM

    We are planning a NZ trip and have found 2 places to stay in Dunedin that both look good, 858 George Street Motel and Motel on York. We would appreciate any comments on the location, convenience, noise etc. that would help us decide between the 2.

    Motel on York appears to be close to the Octagon -- is that good or bad? Which would have better access to restaurants and shopping?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    2 Answers Oct 17, 2006 at 11:41 PM
  • Sushi in Dunedin?

    by michkatz Online Now May 31, 2005 at 1:21 PM

    I'm going to be living in Dunedin for about a year. I'm from Los Angeles so I am really used to great Sushi. Is there a good Sushi place you can recommend?

    Any neighborhoods that would be good to rent a house in for a family of 3? My baby is going to be a year old in 2 weeks... so no places next to a lot of University students. I don't think they'd appreciate any night crying! LOL

    5 Answers Mar 19, 2006 at 9:51 AM