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Score an Affordable, Quality Rental in Dunedin

Dunedin railway station at night

Situated at the head of Otago Harbour, the city of Dunedin is located on the South Island’s southeast coast. Find the best available rates in the area with VroomVroomVroom for an easy start to your next adventure.

International travel into New Zealand from Australia is currently restricted due to COVID-19. If you have an existing booking that has been impacted by these restrictions, please contact us.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Dunedin

Vehicle ClassesEconomy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Premium, Wagon/Estate, Van, SUV
Number of Depots3
SuppliersAvis, Budget, Hertz

Dunedin Airport Collection

Flying into Dunedin? We work with six rental brands that service Dunedin Airport (DUD), so for the convenience of having your vehicle ready when you land, consider an airport rental.

Top Rental Car Tips in Dunedin

As one of the South Island’s top destinations, Dunedin is a hotspot for students and tourists, famous for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Here are some of our top tips when driving in Dunedin:

  1. There are plenty of options for parking in Dunedin both under cover and on the street side. On-street parking is zoned by area and traffic flow, and some zoned areas may be classed as clear ways on weekday mornings and afternoons. Be sure to check the signage to ensure you’re parking appropriately.
  2. The weather can be unpredictable in Dunedin and the surrounding areas. Take caution when driving in winter as roads may be slick with ice and nearby alpine passes can experience snowfall.
  3. Currently, the speed limit in most of central Dunedin sits at 50km/h, while surrounding areas may rise to 70km/h. Always drive to the signposted speed limit and conditions of the road.
  4. Princes Street, one of Dunedin's main streets, is wide and open at its southern extremity. This may cause driver’s to speed up, but be advised that the 50km/h speed limit applies here.
  5. Be wary and alert of other drivers at traffic light intersections in Dunedin’s CBD as some motorists may try and run red lights.

Frequently Asked Questions for Dunedin Car Rental

Can I pick up my rental car in Dunedin and drop it off somewhere else?

Yes, but you may be charged a one-way fee by our car rental partner. We will include the additional charge in the rates we compare for you.

How far is Dunedin from Dunedin Airport?

It’s about a 30-minute drive between Dunedin Airport and central Dunedin via State Highway 1.

How far is Dunedin from Christchurch?

It’s a 4.5 hour drive to Christchurch via State Highway 1.

Is travel open between Australia and New Zealand?

Visit immigration.govt.nz for updates on New Zealand travel restrictions.

Not sure where to go with your hire 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. After a day of fun, you can now take some rest in your chosen Dunedin accommodation. To help you out, we've compiled a list of the best and most interesting places in Dunedin. Check out our travel guide below.

Attractions | Accommodation | Restaurants & Bars


Attractions

Hare Hill Horse Treks

Address: 207 Aramoana Rd, Dunedin 9082, New Zealand

horse trekking in dunedin via hare hill horse treks

Hare Hill is a lovely 60-acre farm located in Deborah Bay on the north side of the Otago Harbour, close to historic Port Chalmers and only 20 minutes drive from Dunedin New Zealand. Hare Hill Horse Treks has brought the unforgettable experience of horse riding through one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand to riders from all over the world. Hare Hill offers various horse riding treks and riding lessons suitable for the beginner right through to the more advanced rider throughout the year. Guests can choose between trails in open paddocks with magical views of the Dunedin harbour and the stunning Aramoana beaches.

The Castle Cruiser

Address: C/o I-Site 50 Octagon

Enjoy a fully guided tour to New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle, which is famous for its fantastic views and "Alice in Wonderland" themed gardens. It is not only a trip to this iconic landmark - you also get a comprehensive tour of Dunedin city included. See the Larnach tomb, Baldwin Street - the world's steepest, Otago University as well as the historic Railway Station building amongst other Southern delights. Special Cruise Ship day tours are also available. Departing from Port Chalmers tours last 6.5 hours or alternatively from the Dunedin i-Site and 5.5 hours. If you prefer touring at night, you can always join their Glow Worm Tour where you will be taken to see these mesmerising and enchanting creatures from a bygone age.

Elm Wildlife Tours

Address: The Dunedin Visitor Information Centre, 50 The Octagon

Sealion sighting in Dunedin by Elm Wildlife Tours

Explore Dunedin and its surroundings by joining the Elm Wildlife Tours' Otago Peninsula Encounters. This popular tour gets you up close to all sorts of animals, including rare yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, NZ fur seals, and Hooker's sea lions. You may also find albatross at the headland of Taiaroa and other wildlife animals at the bay and lagoons of Otago Peninsula. 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.

Olveston Historic Home


One of many fine Victorian and Edwardian examples of architecture and lifestyle available to explore in Dunedin. Olveston House is kept just as it would have been when it was a family home in the early 20th Century. Guided tours of the house are available, with the local knowledge of the guides being a highlight. The house is set in a one-acre garden of national significance. For a visit with a difference, add a game of croquet and a cup of tea to your experience. Don't miss the 1922 Fiat 510 Tourer, belonging to the house's original owner, David Theomin. The car has been restored to its former glory over two years.

Cadbury World Chocolate Factory


This long-standing Dunedin business is at the heart of the community. It is the centre for the annual Cadbury Chocolate Carnival when the city goes bonkers for chocolate each July. At any time of the year, you can tour the factory. The most popular tour lasts for 60 minutes and is particularly busy in the school holidays. Book in advance if you can.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum


An innovative museum housed in the original Edwardian galleries, of Dunedin's former New Zealand Rail Road Transport Building. Themed galleries tell the stories of indigenous Maori, early Chinese settlers and subsequent waves of migrants. A highlight is Josephine, one of just a handful of remaining Double Fairlie Locomotive engines in the world.

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Accommodation

858 George Street Motel Dunedin

Address: 858 George Street

This award-winning motel complex is known for its beautiful architecture and central location. Guests staying at 858 George Street Motel have easy access to Dunedin's major attractions, including the Botanic Gardens, Cadbury Chocolate Factory, and Forsyth Barr Stadium. There are also numerous restaurants, cafes and shops located nearby. Whether you are travelling solo or with your family, you are sure to find the perfect accommodation. They have studio rooms, one and two-bedroom suites, executive suites and an accessible unit. Each room is equipped with modern facilities such as complimentary WiFi, flatscreen TV, DVD player, fridge and microwave oven.

Hereweka Garden Retreat

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.


Restaurants & Bars

Penguin Café

Address: 1726 Highcliffe 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

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.

Esplanade Restaurant

Address: 2 Esplanade, St Clair

Nestled on the esplanade 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.

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