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4 hours 45 minutes to Dunedin from Christchurch Airport


See the world in Ōtepoti Dunedin, from castles and pyramids to wildlife and beaches, you'll find it all. This charming, compact city couples its fine Edwardian and Victorian architecture with sophisticated dining and shopping, plus a wide range of museums, art galleries, theatre and music. The ever-growing street art trail adds vibrant colour to the city walls with works from local and international artists around every corner. Graced with white sand beaches and picturesque inlets, Dunedin is also home to the Otago Peninsula, an outstanding eco-tourism destination and refuge for some of the world’s rarest wildlife.

Discover an intriguing mix of vibrant urban culture, wildly beautiful places and exceptional local cuisine

  • Watch Royal Albatross and penguins at Taiaroa Head
  • Discover Dunedin history at Larnach Castle or Olveston Historic Home
  • Cruise the beautiful Otago Harbour
  • Indulge in excellent cuisine and artisan produce
  • Paddle waka in Karitane


Dunedin seasons


Spring - Sept to Nov
70 - 170

Blossoming gardens are alive with the mating calls of native birds. At Orokonui Ecosanctuary go birdwatching in a sheltered area of native bush with easy access tracks
or join a local guide to see penguins, seals and sea lions.


Summer - Dec to Feb
120 - 280

Albatross chicks hatch at Taiaroa Head. City parks are bright with rhododendrons. Long days provide time to explore sandy beaches or dine in outdoor restaurants. Try the hot salt water pool at St Clair or get out in the surf.


Autumn - Mar to May
150 - 210

Autumn’s rich colours make a spectacular backdrop to the heritage buildings of the city. Visit our magnificent gardens of international significance or celebrate Dunedin’s past, present and future at its highly interactive museums.


Winter - Jun to Aug
60 - 120

In winter, the city lights up with the Mid-Winter Festival’s lantern parade in the Octagon and glimpses of the Aurora Australis from Otago Peninsula. Go stargazing with a local tour or enjoy a locally brewed beer at one of the many city breweries and bars.

View the Southern Scenic Route Itinerary

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