Flights to Dunedin
Dunedin's heritage architecture, wildlife colonies and spectacular coastal landscapes come with a captivating urban culture.
Air New Zealand offers non-stop domestic flights to Dunedin airport from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and one-stop connections from other regional centres. With all New Zealand airfares, you can choose seat, seat+bag, flexitime or flexidate fare types. Flying times are as follows: Auckland to Dunedin one hour 50 minutes; Wellington to Dunedin between 80 to 110 minutes; Christchurch to Dunedin 65 minutes.
Where to go and what to see in Dunedin
A beautiful neo-gothic city by the sea, Dunedin's quirky urban centre is a mixture of grand old buildings, intriguing shops and bustling eateries, with vibrant street art around almost every corner. To add nature to the mix, extending out from the city centre is the picturesque Otago Peninsula, home to some of New Zealand's most treasured wildlife.
Where the wild things are
Extraordinary rare marine mammals and seabirds live close to downtown Dunedin, including royal albatrosses, yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and sea lions.
The best place to see these amazing creatures is at the end of Otago Peninsula, a wonderland of coastal scenery and wildlife habitats. The road along the peninsula is punctuated by pretty bays, historic villages, farmland, wild surf beaches and sea cliffs.
Right at the tip of Otago Peninsula is the Royal Albatross Centre, where you can visit the world's only mainland breeding colony of royal albatross. Nearby is the Penguin Place, a private conservation reserve for yellow-eyed penguins (hoiho). You can also see little blue penguins, fur seals and sea lions with a local tour operator, such as Elm Wildlife Tours or Monarch Cruises, who will know the best locations for sightseeing.
In the hills just north of the city, the Orokonui Eco Sanctuary sits high on a forest-clad hill overlooking Blueskin Bay. A wonderful nature attraction, this sanctuary is home to many native bird and lizard species, which you can encounter by following a network of walking trails through the native forest. A visit to the sanctuary can be combined with exploration of spectacular northern beaches and inlets, such as Long Beach, Purakanui and Doctors Point.
Best time to go
If you're keen to appreciate Dunedin's heritage architecture and vibrant cultural scene any season is good. However, if albatross encounters are high on your list of things to do, December to March is when the parent birds are raising chicks. .
How much will it cost?
This will depend on your tastes and what you want to do. As a rough guide, not including air travel and hotels, you should allow about NZD $100 to $150 a day per person for food and entertainment.
Auckland (AKL) to Dunedin (DUD)
Wellington (WLG) to Dunedin (DUD)
Christchurch (CHC) to Dunedin (DUD)
*Flight times are based on the fastest route available.
**Indirect flights may also be available for this route.
The 'Edinburgh of the South' is fiercely proud of its Scottish roots, and for good reason. Dunedin is one of the Southern Hemisphere's best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities, with stately homes, museums and some iconic stone architecture. The large student population, courtesy of Otago University, keeps Dunedin lively. For a different kind of wildlife, head to the Otago Peninsula with its albatross and penguin breeding areas.
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