Lowest Price Guaranteed on Any Car Rental Deals in Dunedin

Car Hire
Travel Guide

 Lanarch Castle, photo by Carolyn Cossey

Book with Vroomvroomvroom and travel in style 

Dunedin is known as the Edinburgh of the south, for its design and the connections of its first pioneers. There is plenty of history to see in its compact city centre, with many buildings undergoing restoration. It is home to New Zealand's only real castle; Lanarch Castle is an easy drive from the city, on the beautiful Otago Peninsula. Climb the tower for amazing views, or delight in its gardens. A main attraction in the city is the Cadbury Chocolate factory. Book a tour any time of the year, or visit July each year for the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival and revel in all things chocolate. 

Experience it all with your Dunedin car rental. Visit 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. Book 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. Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Black ice is common on the roads in winter, understand the road conditions you may encounter. 

  4. Having a car will enable you to get to some beautiful, but remote spots. Enjoy! 

Top 5 Things to do in Dunedin

Take a tour of the Cadbury World Factory
Drive the lonely but lovely Otago Peninsula, and take a wildlife cruise. 
Enjoy fine dining at any of the restaurants clustered around the Octagon
Ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway
Visit Baldwin Street, the steepest residential street in the world. 

With so much to see and explore, an affordable car rental Dunedin with VroomVroomVroom will get you moving at your own pace. Picking up from the airport? Check out  our Dunedin airport car rental page.

Do you prefer renting a campervan in Dunedin?

If you're looking for a real road trip adventure, then a campervan rental in Dunedin may be the answer. VroomVroomVroom compares campervans and motorhomes so its easy for you to get the right vehicle to meet your needs. Check our our page for Campervan Hire in Dunedin for more information. 

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

There's plenty to choose from in Dunedin. Enjoy the compact city centre, with its bars, restaurants and cinemas, or head to open spaces such as the Otago Peninsula. To help you out, we've compile a list of 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.png THINGS 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 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

Explore 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  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. 

 01_PlacesToEat.pngPLACES TO EAT

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 Italy the moment you step through the doors. Not to mention the food, if the romantic atmosphere doesn't capture 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. The great set up and  spectacular view are only the beginning of this dining experience. 

Opening Hours: 9am - Late 7 days

Have you visited Dunedin? What are your favourite destinations? 
Please share your thoughts below.

Must-see annual events in Dunedin

Date: March 3rd to 13th 2016

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 programmes every year to help promote experimental contemporary art and the works of new artists. Last year's event was attended by more than 9,000 people and is expected to draw even more in the following year's  Fringe Festival. 

Date: Mid-July, every year. 

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 , in a race to the bottom. Spectators can buy a ticket, and hope that the jaffa with their number on it, is the winner, with proceeds going to local charities.  The Aquarium features chocolate fish while at a day spa you can get a chocolate facial. Take a tour of the factory and be part of an Ancient Aztec Hot Chocolate ceremony. The Taieri Gorge Railway has carriages full of contraband chocolate and villains trying to steal it. 

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 you attend the Dunedin Santa Parade.  This annual event is free so parents and their children can enjoy the colorful parade. Witness colourful floats, marching bands, animals, clowns,  and  fire engines. Of course, the event won't be complete without Santa Claus. 

Article by

Carolyn Cossey is a Content Writer and car rental expert at VroomVroomVroom.co.nz - The easiest way to rent a car!
Dunedin Car Rental
Dunedin,South IslandNew Zealand
Happy Customers
Rating: 5/5 based on 19 reviews
  • How was your booking experience?
    Date: 18 Mar 2015
    Rating: 5/5happy
  • How was your booking experience?
    Date: 19 Nov 2015
    Rating: 5/5happy
  • How was your booking experience?
    Date: 19 Nov 2015
    Rating: 5/5happy
  • How was your booking experience?
    Date: 26 Oct 2015
    Rating: 5/5happy
  • How was your booking experience?
    Date: 09 Oct 2015
    Rating: 5/5happy
Popular Dunedin Guides
  • Help!Do The Dunes - Dunedin
    To enjoy the best sand surfing locations you will need a vehicle and who better to book your rental car with Vroom who will save you time and money.
  • Help!Dunedin
    VroomVroomVroom compares current rates for campervans in Dunedin and throughout New Zealand. Compare campervan rentals today, you can save money and time
  • Help!Dunedin Car Rental
    Home of the world's only mainland albatross breeding colony. Drive around the Edinburgh of the South with a great rental car deal from VroomVroomVroom.
  • Help!Top Activities in Dunedin
    Dunedin has many things to do and see. Book a VroomVroomVroom car so you can enjoy Dunedin.

Loading Disqus Widget...

Top depots in Dunedin
  • Hertz Dunedin Central Car RentalHertz Dunedin Central - 874 Princes Street, Dunedin, SI. 9016
  • Budget Dunedin Downtown Car RentalBudget Dunedin Downtown - 97 Moray Place, Dunedin, SI. 9001
  • Thrifty Dunedin City Car RentalThrifty Dunedin City - 121 Crawford Street, Dunedin, SI. 9016
  • Avis Motel Moray Place Car RentalAvis Motel Moray Place - 97 Moray Place, Dunedin, SI. 9016

Loading Weather...

Live Help: Now Closing0
Bye for now, if you need me please click Live Help/Chat link under HELP/FAQs menu on the top