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Here are some reasons why you should book a car hire in Dunedin

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Dunedin boasts of its rich culture and picturesque scenery. There are many wonderful sights to explore within the area, including the Larnach Castle which is famous for its botanical gardens. In fact, it received the prestigious Garden of International Significance rating by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.  If that isn't sweet enough for you, then make sure to drop by Cadbury World. Seeing a ton of liquid chocolate will remind you of the film "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory." With a car rental Dunedin, you can easily visit some of the amazing attractions in the city at your own pace. No more waiting for the bus or calling a taxi just to get to your chosen destination. 

Here are some great tips on booking a car rental in Dunedin 

  1. car rental dunedinBook early so you are assured of getting the best rate available for the dates that you need a car rental.

  2. Don't stress if your plans change, we will not charge you any cancellation fees or modification fees.

  3. Make sure your car hire breaks work before going on a road trip.

  4. Have fun exploring the eastern coastline of the South Island with a car rental Dunedin.
With so much to see and explore, an affordable car rental Dunedin with VroomVroomVroom will provide you the suitability to have a pleasant time.

Do you prefer renting a campervan in Dunedin?

If you're looking for a real road trip adventure, then you need to be find the right campervan rental in Dunedin for your next journey. VroomVroomVroom compares campervans and motorhomes which makes it easy for you to find the right one. Check our our Campervan Hire Dunedin page for more information. 

Not sure where to go with your rental car in Dunedin?

You'll be surprised to know how much there are to see and do in the city. Which is why we've taken the liberty to choose the best and most interesting places in Dunedin. Check out our travel guide below.

01_ThingsToDo.png Things to Do |  01_Sleep.png Places to Stay |  01_PlacesToEat.pngPlaces to Eat


 01_ThingsToDo.pngTHINGS TO DO

Olveston Historic Home

01_location.pngAddress: 42 Royal Terrace

The historic home was voted as the #1 Landmark in New Zealand by TripAdvisor. Philanthropist and businessman David Theomin and his family used to live here, but it was later on opened to the public as a museum. There are guided tours daily, which usually lasts for an hour. Witness the impressive architecture, beautiful garden, and the 1921 Fiat 510 Tourer. 



Elm Wildlife Tours 

0car.png Address: Dunedin I-Site, 26 Princes Street
elm_wildlife_tours.jpgExplore the city and its surroundings by joining Elm Wildlife Tours' Otago Peninsula Encounters. Get up close with rare yellow eyed penguins, little blue penguins, NZ fur seals, and Hooker's sea lions. You may also find some albatross at Taiaroa and other wildlife animals at the bay and lagoons. The family-owned business has been providing tours for more than 20 years and their expert guides can assure you of the best wildlife experience. 

Megazone Laser Tag

Megazone is known for its advanced laser tag technology! There are now 44 new suits to choose from and a wide range of challenges awaiting all laser tag fans. Entering the futuristic arena-maze will make you feel like a real space adventurer. Get ready to outwit your opponents and show off your shooting skills. The complex also has a 12-hole mini golf course and an arcade game room.

Cadbury World Chocolate Factory

0car.png Address: 280 Cumberland St

Ever watched the classic film "Charlie (or Willy Wonka) & the Chocolate Factory" & thought to yourself "oh if only?". Well...real it is & you don't have to win a golden ticket to experience this magical world. Check out a tour below:
Centre Tour-10mins Cadbury's history
Full Tour-75mins of pure magic 
Shortened Tour-45mins of the above :)

Dunedin Chinese Garden

With Dunedin's sister city being Shanghai, it is no surprise to see how in touch with the Chinese culture the city is. Represented in their Authentic Chinese Garden, meaning all the above ground materials have been sourced from China, built by Chinese people using traditional Chinese techniques, this is a must see place for anyone going to the city. Don't forget to pack that picnic and make a day of it. 



 01_Sleep.png PLACES TO STAY


Hereweka Garden Retreat

0car.png Address: 10 Hoopers Inlet Road RD2

This self-contained luxury accommodation was established by general practitioner Peter Cooke and psychotherapist Anna Moore, who both decided to work part-time to pursue their dream of building a garden retreat. The Eco accommodation has been built with sustainable materials and has received a 5-star rating from TripAdvisor. It was also named as the most beautiful accommodation provider in 2013 by the Dunedin City Council. 




Penguin Café 

0car.png Address: 1726 HighCliff Road, Portobello

This café is famous for its delectable food, great staff, and amazing views. They are known for having the best coffee in the area as well as their homemade venison, traditional Cornish pasties, chicken and mushroom pies, and freshly-made ice cream. The best way to start your day is with a New Zealand Breakfast. For lunch, their specialties include the Fisherman's pie, toasted sandwiches and huge burgers. 

Etrusco at the Savoy Restaurant


0car.png Address: 8 Moray Pl

Ranked #1 of 210 Restaurants in the city and awarded "Certificate of Excellence 2014"- Tripadvisor, it's not surprising to expect such an exquisite interior that truly takes you to Itlay the moment you step through the doors. Not to metion the food, if the romantic atmosphere didn't do it for you, the food will sure do the trick.

Hours: 5:30pm till late 7 Days

Esplanade Restaurant

Nestled on the esplande of the St.Clair beachfront, you'll discover a slice of Italy as you enter the romantic atmosphere of this classy Italian restaurant. With a great set up and a spectacular view, these are only the beginning of the perks that come with their delicious menu.

Opening Hours: 9am - Late 7 days



Have you visited Dunedin? What are your favourite destinations? 
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Must-see annual events in Dunedin

Date: March 12-22, 2015

(The Firebugs / image credit: dunedinnz.com)
This festival has been attracting both well-known and emerging artists from all across New Zealand and other countries since 2000. The Dunedin Fringe Festival showcases various programs every year to help promote experimental contemporary art and the works of new artists. Last year's event was participated by more than 9,000 people and is expected to surpass the numbers in the following Fringe Festival. 

Date: July 11-17, 2015

For an entire week, Dunedin celebrates all things chocolate. How? By filling its steepest streets with 30,000 Jaffa chocolates and letting them roll down the road for the locals to enjoy. The Aquarium features all sorts of chocolate fish while the Day Spa offers you a chocolate facial. Take a tour of the factory and be part of an Ancient Aztec Hot Chocolate ceremony. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it is true so make sure not to miss out on this event.

Date: December 2015

If you're a huge fan of Santa Claus or just want to get into the spirit of Christmas, then make sure to attend the Dunedin Santa Parade.  This annual event is free so families and their children can enjoy the colorful parade. Witness colorful floats, marching bands, animals, clowns,  and  fire engines. Of course, the event won't be complete without Santa Claus. 

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