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Introduction

Railway Station in Dunedin

Railway Station in Dunedin

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Dunedin (Ōtepoti in Maori) is located on the south-eastern coast of New Zealand's South Island, on the Otago Peninsula. It is home to numerous 19th century buildings from an era when it was New Zealand's largest city. It is home to the University of Otago, New Zealand's oldest university and the South Island's largest employer. During the university summer holiday (November - February), the city is notably quieter as a result.

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Sights and Activities

  • Dunedin Railway Station is the city's most important architectural building.
  • Otago University is the country's oldest university. There are some nice grounds to walk around and good local cafés and bars nearby.
  • The Royal Albatross colony at Taiaroa Head is the world's only mainland nesting site of albatrosses.
  • Otago Museum was founded in 1868 and has a collection of 2 million+ artifacts and specimens from the fields of natural science and human history.
  • Otago Settlers Museum.
  • Dunedin Public Art Gallery is New Zealand's oldest public art gallery and houses a considerable collection of works from various eras by New Zealand and overseas artists. It has one of the largest collections of works by Frances Hodgkins, who was born in the city.
  • Carisbrook is the city's main sporting venue, and a good place to catch some rugby.
  • Otakou marae is a Maori church / meeting-house that gave the Otago Peninsula its name.
  • Larnach Castle
  • Cadbury World, run by the Cadbury Chocolate Company, allows an insight into the running of a chocolate factory. Full tours (75 minutes) run from Monday to Friday and cost $18 per adult (16+), $12 per child and free for under 5 year olds. On the weekends a shortened tour (45 mins) costs $12 per adult and $7 per child. The tours run from 9:00am to 3:15pm, with extended hours during school holidays.
  • Speight's offers tours of its brewery. $19 for adults, $7 for children (under 18), free for children under 5. Tours run at 10:00am, 12:00 noon, 2:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm Mondays-Thursdays. Friday to Sunday they run at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm. [1]
  • Hare Hill is a lovely 60 acre farm located in Deborah Bay on the north side of the Otago Harbour, close to historic Port Chalmers and only 20 minutes drive from Dunedin. Hare Hill offers horse riding suitable for the beginner right through to the more advanced rider throughout the year.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max18.9 °C18.9 °C17.4 °C15.5 °C12.8 °C10.3 °C9.9 °C11 °C12.9 °C14.8 °C16 °C17.4 °C
Avg Min11.5 °C11.5 °C10.3 °C8.3 °C5.8 °C3.8 °C3.2 °C4.1 °C5.7 °C7.2 °C8.6 °C10.4 °C
Rainfall84.2 mm73.8 mm89.2 mm71.4 mm87.7 mm90.1 mm100.1 mm91.6 mm70.6 mm90.3 mm77.4 mm87.8 mm
Rain Days10.99.19.910.412.210.91011.110.513.512.513.6

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Getting There

By Plane

Dunedin International Airport (DUD) has a number of flights. Air New Zealand flies to/from Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
Virgin Blue, operated by Pacific Blue, flies to/from Christchurch, Auckland and Brisbane.

By Train

The Taieri Gorge Railway journey, and the Pacific Coast Railway journey to Palmerston and back are the main scenic railway journeys.

By Bus

Intercity has buses to Oamaru (1,5 hours), Christchurch (6 hours), Queenstown (4,5 hours), Te Anau (4,5 hours) and Invercargill (4 hours).
Southern Link goes to Christchurch and Oamaru and Coastline Tours goes to Oamaru as well.
Naked Bus connects Dunedin with Christchurch, Queenstown, Te Anau and Invercargill. Bottom Bus does a circuit to Invercargill, Te Anau, Queenstown and back to Dunedin. Catlins Coaster goes to Invercargill, returning via the Catlins.
There are quite a few more shuttle bus services going to the places mentioned above, and also to Wanaka.

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Getting Around

By Car

Some of the options to rent cars include the following companies:

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Central Backpackers DunedinPO Box 5620 DunedinHostel81
Elmlodge74 Elm Row, City RiseHostel78
Highbrae Guesthouse376 High StreetGuesthouse-
LivingSpace Dunedin192 Castle StreetHotel-
Manor House Backpackers28 Manor Place, Dunedin, PO Box 624, DunedinHostel76
Penny's Backpackers6 Stafford St.Hostel-
On Top Backpackers12 Filleul St DunedinHostel80
Arden Street House36 Arden Street OpohoGuesthouse-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are widely available throughout New Zealand at rates of around NZ$2-4, though sometimes more in smaller places. Besides internet and e-mail services, most big internet cafés also offer some way for travellers to connect their digital camera and burn cds. Many public libraries have public Internet access, and most of them offer short free internet sessions. Wi-Fi access is getting more and more common in for example coffee places or fast food chains. It is becoming more common for Wi-Fi to be provided at hotels and motels, though sometimes at a fee. Wireless Hotspots are located in many cities and towns all over New Zealand from dedicated Wireless providers from whom you can buy connect time. Many camping holiday parks also have such services available.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Dial 111 for emergency police, fire or ambulance services. The worldwide emergency number for GSM mobile phones, 112, can also be used.
The country code is 64.

Most payphones in New Zealand require the use of phone cards for payment and it is getting harder to find payphones that accept coins. As phone cards are available at a lot of outlets, they are easy to purchase and very handy as a backup in case of emergencies. Many of them also accept creditcards. Local calls are free from residential phones and charges for calling outside that area can be found at the front of the regional phone books, amongst many other services.

Mobile telephone coverage is effectively national in near urban areas although the mountainous terrain means that outside the urban areas, and especially away from the main highway system, coverage does have huge dead patches. Do not rely on mobile phones in hilly or mountainous terrain. Mobile telephone users can call 555 only to report Non-emergency traffic safety incidents, such as a breakdown, road hazard or non-injury car crash, to the Police. There are currently three major mobile carriers in New Zealand.

  • Telecom operates a UMTS (3G) network, named XT Network, nationwide on 850MHz with supplementary 2100MHz in metropolitan areas. (the same frequencies as Telstra in Australia and AT&T in the U.S.)
  • Vodafone operates a GSM network on 900MHz/2100 MHz and a UTMS (3G) network operates nationwide 900MHz with supplementary 2100MHz coverage.
  • 2degrees operates a UMTS (3G) network (2100MHz) in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, with supplementary GSM coverage provided elsewhere by Vodafone.

A prepaid sim-card connection pack with $10 credit from Telecom or Vodafone costs around $30, and prepaid sim-cards from 2degrees cost $10. Telecom has broader coverage in remote areas away from major cities compared to Vodafone and 2degrees.

Post

Most areas have dedicated PostShops, however stamps can also be bought at grocery shops, supermarkets and book stores. There are two main formats for domestic mail, namely Standard Post and Fast Post. Fast Post is used next day delivery between major towns and cities (two days from rural areas), whereas Standard Post will take a few working days to deliver nationwide. Standard costs NZ$0.50 for letters/postcards (NZ$0.80 for larger envelopes), Fast Post costs NZ$0.80 (NZ$1.20 for larger envelopes). International mail takes about 3-6 days to Australia (NZ$1.50), and 6-12 days to Europe, Asia and the United States (NZ$2). Post boxes are white, red and black and can be found in many areas throughout towns and cities, including information about when their contents are collected. Most post offices and smaller post shops have opening hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 12:30pm on Saturday. You can buy stamps here, or at newsagents and general stores. For parcels, you can use the NZ Post or otherwise courier companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx.

References

  1. 1 Sourced Jun 09 Speight's Brewery Tour Details

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -45.87456
  • Longitude: 170.503388

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