Dunedin is a very accessible city, but is also hilly. If you arrive in the city and do not have a vehicle, buses and taxis are plentiful and reliable and the central city is compact and easily walkable. Getting around the city itself is relatively easy, as distances are not great and in fact we're known as the 15 minute city for this very reason. Independent transport options include public bus, rental car, taxi, cycle hire or e-scooters.
- The major rental car companies are located within Dunedin city and at the Dunedin airport terminal.
- If you arrive by air and have not arranged a rental vehicle, taxi companies operate cars and airport shuttles into the city. See the airport transport information page.
- Tour companies will help you to experience the city and Peninsula - without you having to organise everything yourself.
The Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Centre can book your transport and tour requirements.
Dunedin Airport serves as a gateway to the wider Otago region. Currently there are regular domestic flights from New Zealand's main centres which arrive several times a day. Local airlines provide charter flights to almost anywhere in New Zealand, as well as flightseeing tours to places like Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Queenstown and Stewart Island.
The airport is located 22km west of central Dunedin and the drive takes approximately 30 minutes. There are shuttles, taxis and corporate limousine services providing a transfer between the airport and the city.
Dunedin is situated on State Highway 1 and so is easily accessible from other major towns and cities. 4.5 hours from Christchurch, 3.5 hours from Queenstown, and 2.5 hours from Invercargill. Both the Southern Scenic Route and the Central Otago Touring Route start in Dunedin, taking you through some of the most stunning countryside in New Zealand.
Occasionally in winter, ice and snow can make driving a challenge on some Otago roads.
Explore this guide to driving times and a touring map.
Dunedin is serviced by the main rental car companies including Avis, Budget, Go Rentals, Hertz and Thrifty. There are also many local rental car companies that offer a competitive rate all year round.
Getting to Dunedin by bus is a safe and affordable way to travel, and it allows you to watch the scenery go by while someone else does the driving. There are frequent arrivals from Christchurch, Queenstown and Invercargill from reputable bus companies. Contact the Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Centre to enquire further and to make a booking.
Once you are here, Dunedin buses provide affordable transportation options for travellers to get around the city. Explore the routes and timetable here.
As distances to places of interest in Dunedin are not great, taxis are reasonably cheap by New Zealand standards. They provide transport to most destinations and most companies offering wheelchair taxi transport.