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J F M A M J J A S O N D

Dunedin average daily maximum temperature

Dunedin is the second-largest city on New Zealand's South Island and it's an excellent destination for those looking for a cultural holiday. With an enticing history and picturesque landscapes, Dunedin has a lot to offer for every type of holiday maker.

Hiring a car in Dunedin

Car rental in Dunedin offers an excellent opportunity to explore the area and its urban roads can be an adventure for a newcomer, with one-way streets, circles and winding hill tracks to contend with. Dunedin also claims to have the steepest street in the world. State Highway 1 passes through the town, which allows for easy driving to Invercargill (three hours away) and Christchurch (four hours away).

Places to visit in Dunedin

Car hire from Dunedin Airport enables you to utilise cheap Dunedin flights to the full and really see the area. The town offers a wide range of activities, including Cadbury World, Speights Brewery, theatres and cinemas plus plenty of excellent restaurants. Dunedin car hire availability means that the spectacular local scenery is easily accessible. For exploring Dunedin car hire is an excellent option, as the harbour and hill around the city are the remains of an extinct volcano so you can save on legwork. There are beaches, castles, gardens and an abundance of nature here too. Whatever your accommodation requirements, from budget hostel to luxury hotel Dunedin has something for everyone.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Dunedin, and any additional charges.


Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Dunedin. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Dunedin!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.