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In this Destination Guide you will find information for : Auckland, Dunedin and Travelling by Motor-home Guide

Essential Country Information:

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New Zealand


♦Capital: Wellington

♦Currency: New Zealand Dollar ($) (NZD)

♦Zone: +12 GMT

♦Phone Code: +64


♦Best time to visit: November-March

♦Must eat: Local Kiwi (fruit)

♦Must drink: Merlot Wine

♦Don't miss:Franz Joseph Glacier


Number of times visited: 2

Getting there and transportation:  New Zealand is one of the furtherest destinations you can travel to from Europe. It's location in the Pacific Ocean,means that when arriving in New Zealand you will have traveled quite ahead in time. For example travelling from the USA to New Zealand, you will leave on day 1 and arrive on day 3! This is very important to take into account when making bookings, Hotels and reservations as you don't want to find yourself spending any extra money unnecessary. 
New Zealand is a very developed country and fortunately, despite the distance, there a plenty of ways to get there. Naturally by air is the only option. The national airline Air New Zealand, links Asia, America and Europe with a modern and advanced fleet.
Coming from Europe it takes at least 24 hours of flying. With at least one stop over, going eastwards or westwards. Air New Zealand, flies to London via Los Angeles which is the best route offered.
Other airlines offer flights to Auckland, via its main hub. Emirates via Dubai, Singapore Airlines via Singapore, LATAM via Santiago de Chile or from the USA from the west coast main hubs. (San Francisco or Los Angeles).
Other options if travelling already within the area are to travel with other Asian carriers, or low cost airlines such as Jetstar  or Virgin Australia. 
Once in New Zealand transportation is still relying heavily on aircraft, as to travel from one island to the other requires long drives plus a 3 hour ferry to cross the channel to the south Island and vice-versa. Domestic airlines which fly most routes are Air New Zealand and Jetstar.
If you are connecting domestically in New Zealand, remember to always clear customs at the first port of entry into the country, even if your luggage is tagged to final destination. You will then need to take luggage to a drop of zone to proceed to the domestic flight. 
Public transport in New Zealand is good within main cities, like Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. However if you travelling around its probably better to rent a car or sleeper van (motor-home) which is a popular option in New Zealand. 
Attention!: Customs regulations in New Zealand are very strict. Anything which is coming from a live source, natural or organic must be declared as you enter the country. (Food, natural animal produce, skins, or plants should be declared or face a fine). 
Be aware than even clean shoes are required to enter, as they may contain trashes of dirt or seeds from plants in other countries.
Weather and temperature:  New Zealand has opposite seasons than Europe, these being quite extreme as well in certain parts of the country. Take always appropriate clothing as it can get very cold specially in the colder months. (June to September).
generally the weather changes quite drastically from one Island to the other. Summer's are warm in the North Island, less rain and less windy as not so mountainous. Temperatures can reach 25-30C in the Summer and 10C during Winter. 
In the South Island can be often cooler, more cloudy and rainy due to the landscape, being very hilly, abundant mountain ranges and glaciers. Summer's can still reach 20-25C and Winter's 0-12C. (but specially colder in the mountains). The best time to visit New Zealand is from late Spring to the end of Summer. (November to March).
Attention!: The location of New Zealand also means that the islands are more likely to be hit by earthquakes. New Zealand lies on the boundary of the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates. Most earthquakes occur at faults, which are breaks extending deep within the earth. If this was to happen always remain calm. Getting ready before an earthquake strikes will help reduce any harm and help you  survive. Follow these simple steps.: Drop, Cover and Hold. (get down on your hands and legs, cover yourself and hold on to a firm surface or handle).
  • If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, drop, cover and hold. Stay indoors till the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings in New Zealand you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.
  • If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, move no more than a few steps away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold.
                                                         
What to eat and drink: New Zealand boasts some superb cuisine, most of which are influenced by the Pacific Rim style, drawing from the heritage of the cultures in the region. New Zealand has a reputation as a leading producer of meat and dairy produce with lamb, beef and pork on most menus. Venison is also widely available. A variety of fish, including snapper, grouper and John Dory can be found. The kumara, a native sweet potato, is a common accompaniment, while kiwi fruit, feijoa and tamarillo are celebrated fruits. Those with a sweet tooth should try hokey pokey ice cream and the national desert, pavlova, a rich concoction of meringue, cream and fresh fruit. New Zealand is also establishing a reputation for French-type cheeses: bleu de Bresse, brie, camembert and montagne bleu.
Specialities include: Kumara  (native sweet potato). Feijoa  (local fruit) and golden-fleshed Zespri Gold kiwi  fruit from the Bay of Plenty. Battered fish and chips  from Gisbourne. Salmon  and green-lipped mussels from Marlborough. Paua  (abalone) from Stewart Island. Toheroa (clam) from Ninety Mile Beach. Oysters  from Bluff. Hangi  in Rotorua: Maori-style feast cooked in an earth oven under heated river rocks, which often includes chicken, wild boar and lamb, as well as vegetables.
A for drinks, you can find these regional drinks: New Zealand boasts world-class domestic wines and beers, many of which have won international awards.Merlot (Auckland and Wairarapa),  Chardonnay  (Bay of Plenty, Gisbourne, Wairarapa and Canterbury), Pinot Gris and Noir  (Auckland, Wairarapa, Marlborough and Central Otago) and Sauvignon Blanc  (Marlborough and Wairarapa) are all locally produced, as well as New Zealand draught beers and lager.
Source: Worldtravelguide.net

Author's Comment:

New Zealand stands out for being one of the most distant destinations I have travelled to, but it is it's beautiful scenery, landscape and nature which makes this country so appealing. It's without a doubt that so many films were made here in relation to its vast dense forests and mountains which look like from another planet in fact! The main reason to come to New Zealand is definitely it's scenery. In order to explore properly all it has to offer myself and my other companions we rented a motor-home, which enabled us to travel comfortably around the whole country and design our own itinerary as we went along from the North to the South Island.

It's picturesque landscape is truly amazing. Everywhere you go, there's some great views to photograph. Mountains, valleys, farm lands, beaches, fauna and floral! It definitely an outstanding country with so much to offer to visitors!
But not only is the scenery captivating, cities and towns are also very welcoming, with friendly people and an advanced infrastructure which made my trips in New Zealand go without a hitch. Auckland, is a great city with a true mixed society and many cultures living peacefully together. It's the perfect start or end to any visit to the country. If it wasn't for the distance, I definitely would love to come back and continue exploring! 
Kaikura whale watching
Kaikura (whale watching station)

Auckland Tourism Information: 

Auckland view at night
City view at night by Princess Wharf
Introduction: Although Auckland is not the capital of New Zealand, (being Wellington) it is the main gateway to the country and is a great starting or ending point to any trip. It's a city which has many modern facilities, Hotels for all budgets, tourists attractions and a great variation in places to eat.(due to its great mix of cultures).
Auckland is a very international city, you will find a very strong Asian influence, with many Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai and Indian nationals walking,living and visiting the city. 

For many visitors Auckland is only a stopover city whilst they take up the rent car or motor-home as they travel within the country. However as you will see there is much more you can do in the capital. In the city you're never far from breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, invigorating walks, idyllic holiday islands, outstanding food and wine, great shopping and exciting nightlife.

Transportation: The city has a well developed public transport system comprising of trains, busses and ferry's. From the airport there is an express service run by SkyBus. Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service operates two bus routes between the Airport and the city, one via Mt Eden Road and one via Dominion Road so there are plenty of convenient places you can catch the service. Airport to city transfers take approximately 40-60 min. Tickets are available at the airport ticket kiosks (located by the SkyBus bus stops at the airport), from the bus driver (cash only), SkyBus Hub/Lounge (396 Queen Street) selected city hostels, hotels, Auckland i-Sites, and online at Skybus. Fares are NZ $18 adult one way and NZ $32 adult return. 

skybus auckland transport
Sky Bus to/from the Airport

Alternatively, a cheaper option is available from the airport, taking a bit longer. Get the local bus to Papatoetoe station for only $3. Take the bus number 380 in direction to Manukau. (you will recognise the busses by their distinctive orange colour). Get off at Papatoetoe station and continue the journey by train to the centre, costing another $3-5.

 
bus from Auckland airport
Bus 380 to/from the airport
 
Auckland train
Auckland trains

To ride the transportation in Auckland is cheaper to get a AT HOP card, which gives 20% discount over single cash fares. Get the card at selected stores, valid on trains, ferries and busses around Auckland. (excludes NiteRider, SkyBus and Waiheke ferry services). Below is the train map for Auckland. 

Auckland Train Network Map
Auckland Train Network Map

What  to see and do:  In Auckland you will find plenty of activities to do, explore the city and visit it's highlights, both it's buildings and natural wonders like wine regions, stunning beaches, pristine rainforest as well as sports and harbour adventures right on your doorstep.Popular highlights in the city include: 
  • The Sky Tower, an observation and telecommunications tower located at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets. At a Height: 328 m offers stunning 360 degree views from the city. it opened in 1994. Prices from NZ $29 per adult. Booing online is advised for cheaper fares. 
  • Queen Street, famous for shopping and dinning options. Check out the lively nightlife and entertainment in and around Queen Street, from major international shows to local theatre and live music. At the top of the street you will find the Aotea Centre, The Civic, Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square. Also not too far is the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, located at Wellesley St. 
  • Princess Wharf and The Wynyard Quarter, a reclaimed piece of land on the Waitemata Harbour at the western edge of the Auckland waterfront, Located to the north of Freemans Bay. Near by you will find the port, The ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, The New Zealand Maritime Museum and centre for tours information and activities. Also it's an area popular for good quality restaurants, bars and late evening events and parties.  
  • The Auckland War Memorial Museum, its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history, as well as military history. 
  • Mount Eden is a suburb with a winning combination of culture and nature. Walk to the top of Mount Eden’s volcanic cone for some of the best views in Auckland and afterwards you can go for shopping or eating, in the village at one of the hip local cafés.  Get there by bus number 274 and 277.   
  • Newmarket, entertainment area in Auckland. Offering a great mix of high street fashion, a large mall and designer boutiques. Dining in Newmarket is also top notch, with loads of eateries and bars.​ There’s plenty more to do in Newmarket, ten pin bowling, swim in the Olympic pool or watch a film at one of the cinemas.  Get there by train, at the station Newmarket. 
For more info on what to do and see in detail please visit: Aucklandnz

 
Sky tower auckland
Sky Tower
Princess Wharf auckland
Princess Wharf
Auckland City view
Auckland Town Hall
 
auckland war museum
Auckland War Museum
Mount Eden view
View from Mount Eden
Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery
 
Queen Street auckland
Queen Street
Newmarket
Newmarket
Ferry Terminal Building auckland
Ferry Terminal Building

Tip:  When staying in Auckland, don't miss Mission Bay, it's only a short ride on the bus (767, 757, 745 or 769) from Britomart station, and get off at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, where the city's aquarium is located. Not only there are some incredible views from the city from this point, but as you walk along you will find more attractions. Continuing the road along the coast line, you will see the entrance to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial. (was the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand).  As well from here there are great views to the city and beyond. Specially if you see it in the evening dusk light. Afterwards head down to Mission Bay, where you can discover beautiful white-sand beaches and a vibrant beachfront promenade lined with stylish but relaxed eateries, it's Auckland’s most urban beach. From Mission Bay you can then catch the same busses back to downtown. 

 
Auckland City view
Auckland City view
 
Michael Joseph Savage Memorial
Michael Joseph Savage Memorial
 
Missions Bay
Mission's Bay
Suggestion, visit Waiheke Island:  The popular island is suited to visit year around, located 21.5 km from the Harbour at Auckland. It's just a 40-minute ferry ride away. Waiheke is home to a number of wineries and vineyards nestled into the landscape. There are loads of activities for adventure seekers too (horse riding, archery and laser clay pigeon shooting, hire a scooter, take a scenic flight or zoom across the tree tops on a flying fox zip line). Waiheke is not only about nature, it also has a thriving arts scene, from local galleries and studios to an inspiring sculpture park. You can also go there with your car if you are renting and drive along the coast line. There are many tours which give a good insight and a whole day of sights and activities. You can check prices and details at the information hut next to the Harbour Port Entrance. Usually for the basic tour it's $55 NZD and up to $155 NZD for more in depth tours. 
Accommodation:  In Auckland you can find Hotels to suit every pocket and taste. It's important to compare and contrast websites for the best deals and book early to grab best prices. Staying further away from the centre will also bring the price down. Hostels and Airbnb is also a good idea to save money. Average Hotels can cost €40 per night per room.
One recommended Hotel is Kiwi International Street Hotel, a 3 star Hotel, at 411 Queen St. Quiet yet centrally located in Auckland. All of the city's major attractions are within walking distance, including the Viaduct Basin, the central business district,  theatres and the flamboyant nightclub area of 'K' Road. Rooms are fully equipped single, double or twin ensuite rooms with, Free WIFI, TV,  telephone, clock radio, tea and coffee making facilities and hair dryer. The House Bar, has a pool table, and offers a snack menu of light meals.On the ground floor there is a travel desk.The entire building is smoke-free.
Recommended duration:  Staying in Auckland  after coming back to civilisation from the nature will be a relaxing experience and probably many of you will just want to catch up with their social life and sending updates online. The city is very well prepared with many cafes and WiFi connections. If you still have the energy however to explore the city, then 2 to 3 nights would be enough. 

Auckland Photo Gallery:

Travelling by Motor-home Guide: 

When coming to New Zealand it probably has crossed your mind how to travel in the most effective way. In the country, most people rely entirely in their own means of transport (except big cities), so it's to no surprise that we would recommend to rent a car, van or motor home to discover all the country has to offer. It's also the most practical, cheap and convenient way of touring around the islands and designing your own itinerary, peacefully, taking in all the beauty of the places you want to visit. Specially if you travel with other people, this option is also the most fun and will allow you to enjoy the places you visit without the rush or restrictions imposed by tour companies. 

There are many ways of arranging the pick ups. But the best advice is to choose your vehicle online and make the reservation prior to arrival to guarantee availability and the best offers are always online. You can arrange picking up your vehicle at the airports or at precise locations in the cities. Just like a rent car company, these rental companies require a deposit before you pick up (normally NZ $1000) and make copies of your driving licence and passport. (New Zealand requires a conversion driving licence document which is available from your own county). Once you drop off the vehicle, make sure to return it with a full tank to avoid any charges.

There are numerous companies offering rentals, the one we would recommend is Maui
Maui Motor-home
Maui Motor-home
Suggested itinerary: With a motor-home it's fun to take advantage of the facilities it offers, you can see more or fewer places depending how you want to plan your visits. For the suggested trip covering both islands then 4 days can be enough, but if want to maximise the use then a week to 10 days would be a good idea, sleeping all the time in the motor-home. 
The following planner covers most of the country, highlighting the most important tourist stops and landmarks. It covers a 4 day tour with a caravan or motor-home and 3 days exploring by other means of transportation. 
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
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  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
Day 1

Day 1: Arrival at Auckland Airport - Rotorua. Collect the Motor-home by the dedicated Free transport to the Office. Please note that the office for collection closes at 17:00, so make sure your flights arrive within good time. In the office need to pay off the balance for the deposit and after singing a few papers your Motor-home will be ready to drive away! 
Start the trip towards Rotorua, but first it’s advisable to stock up in some supermarket with food and supplies for the journey ahead! Once in Rotorua, find somewhere quiet to overnight. Journey time approximately 3 hour. 

Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7

Dunedin Tourism Information: 

Dunedin Train Station
Dunedin Train Station
Introduction:  Dunedin is a the second largest city in New Zealand by size, located at the head of Otago Harbour. Dunedin is best known for its picturesque harbour setting, lively student population and Scottish heritage. It's considered one of the country's four main centres for its colonial history and it's home to some rare flora and fauna like the Royal Albatross breeding grounds and Yellow-Eyed & Little Blue Penguin colonies. 

Weather and temperature:  The Summer months are from November to April, peak season is December, February and March. This is not only because of foreign tourists but also domestic travellers who have holidays. If you visit in this season, book in advance because it’s not so easy to find accommodation.
January and February are the best times to visit Dunedin, as temperatures are more pleasant. Due to the location of Dunedin, it's temperatures rarely go up from 20C. Winters are colder, (June to September) with temperatures below 10C on most days but can get to as little as 1 C, thankfully being by the ocean it prevents it reaching subzero figures.If you visit during the Winter, take into account that day light hours are very limited, as it gets dark by 5-6 pm when most tours end and shops close.Temperatures go down during the evening making it much colder and often can be windy.Take plenty of warm clothes, gloves, water-proof gear, hats, coats etc 

Transportation:  Unless you are renting a car, motor-home or van, the location of Dunedin, means it's quite isolated from major towns and getting to it, requires to fly into the airport, the main getaway, specially if you are coming from the north. The airport of Dunedin is located 30km away from the city and it does not have any public transportation options. Therefore we advise you to always book your private transfer online, in order to save money and time. There are a few companies which offer direct door-to-door transfer service, which is handy if you have luggage. SupershuttleAirport Shuttle Dunedin and Kiwishuttles. Fares are around $20 NZD per person one way. (if you book directly at the airport they will be $30 NZD). 
Alternatively you can get a taxi, if you are sharing with many others to bring the price down. 
Once in the city, Dunedin's public transport consists of entirely busses. The times are not very frequent, due to most people driving. It's advised to check the timetables before you get the bus. Specially at the weekend, busses run only every hour and stop about 6 pm on some routes. However getting to some places, might be useful taking the busses as walking can be long and up hills. There are several busses which can take you to nice locations around Dunedin. Check out on what to see and do  for more information on which busses to take around the city.  
If you want to travel out of Dunedin to other cities in the South Island of New Zealand, the only option by public transport is by bus. Services are quite limited, so it's always best to check the times before you travel. The company which offer these services is Atomic Travel.
 
Dunedin public bus
Dunedin Public Bus
 
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Domestic Bus travel
What to see and do: The region is famed for it's natural scenery, beauty and free wildlife. It's the ideal destination for those seeking nature, and animal lovers who want to see rare and endemic species, natural to New Zealand. The city as well is full of culture, from the beautiful Train Station and the Clock Tower to the Chinese Gardens and residential houses resembling the construction style of the early European conquers. Within the city you have free museums, gardens, parks and the main shopping street, George street, packed with shopping malls and restaurants. 
However to make the most of your time in Dunedin, it's recommend you join some of the many tours, which operate from the city centre and take you to some of the incredible picturesque scenery and nature wonders waiting to be explored. The best idea is to head to the Dunedin i-site information centre, located at 50 The Octagon. They will provide you with plenty of information and arrange the tours. 
Below are the highlights of Dunedin with some of the tours available which we took. 
  • Wildlife tour, Albatross and Yellow Penguins: This tour not only takes you to see some really true and rare animals, some of them being endemic to New Zealand, but also you will travel along the coast line of the Otago Peninsula. A natural habitat for wildlife and a residential area, all living together in an utterly peaceful environment. Make sure to take photographic equipment with you, with zoom, to take good shots at the wildlife.  The scenery, filled with hills and cliffs, together with farming land and the backdrop of the ocean makes for some really good views. On occasion it can get very windy, so dress up warmly and take good walking gear, as there is a lot of walking involved, thorough steep dirt trails, with mud and sand. Some of the fauna you will be able to see are the Royal Albatross, Fur Seals, Sea Lions, Yellow Penguins and many other species of birds which are pointed out to you as you go along. Binoculars are included on the tour. Prices start from $115 NZD. 

 
fur seals
Fur Seals
 
Yellow-eyed Penguins
Yellow-eyed Penguins
 
Albratros bird
Albratros Bird

  • Train tour, Dunedin to Pukerangi: The train starts it's journey into some of New Zealand’s most ever-changing, spectacular and iconic scenery. The train travels through the Southern parts of Dunedin city until it arrives at Wingatui junction where it turns off onto the Taieri branch. A private rail line. From here you will begin to pass tunnels, viaducts and many bridges as the train negotiates it's way via the gorge and the rough grounds below you. However, from the comfort of your seat, you will relax and enjoy the views through the big windows and with live commentary, the tour keeps you informed, as the highlights of the trip approach. You may also stand on the open air platforms while the train moves. The train will stop or slow down at various scenic points along the way for photos where you can disembark and stretch your legs.  As the train reaches Pukerangi, there's a stop where the locomotive will change direction and again you can get off to admire the beautiful scenery. The return trip takes you back through the same rail line, yet again with live information, it's another opportunity to retake photographs and wonder at the views. The duration of this tour takes about 4 hours to complete, and returns again to the Dunedin train station, where you start the trip. There is another tour, which continues up to Middlemarch, and this takes 6 hours.
    The timetables for the trains are always changing depending on the season. The Pukerangi tour costs $96 NZD and to Middlemarch its $120 NZD per adult. To book your seats and type of tour, better visit the following page for more information: Dunedinrailways

 
Pukerangi train
Inside the train from 1908
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Train negotiates many gorges and bridges on its way
 
dunedin scenery
Incredible scenery to photograph
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Stop at Hindon Station
 
Dunedin trains
Passing over steep cliffs
dunedin scenery
Many bridges and viaducts to negotiate

  • St Clair: It's a popular beach for swimming and surfing during the high season, yet a peaceful and lovely area to walk around the rest of the year. Located not far from the city centre, you can get there by local bus 8. (about 15min ride). There are also a few cafes and eateries along the way. Nearby you also find the Saint Clair Hot Salt Water Pools. It's an outdoor hot salt water pool built on a beautiful site at the southern end of St Clair beach. The pool is heated to 28 degrees Celsius and is a mixture of salt and chlorinated water. A cafe operates year round at the facility. It is open from 9am-5pm daily. St Clair Pool opens for the summer season in October and closes end of March.

 
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St Clair Beach
 
St Clair dunedin
St Clair
 
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St Clair beach

  • Lanarch Castle: It's New Zealand's only castle. The castle is set high above the harbour where William Larnach commissioned the construction in 1871. It is also well known for its 14 hectare garden and grounds which has been recognised as a Garden of International Significance. To get there, take bus 18, 18A from the city centre and get off at Portobello Rd, 649 and walk 2km up Camp st, where you will reach the Castle. The cost to the castle is $31 NZD. However you can also do it in a tour for about $55 NZD from the city centre. .
  • The world's steepest street: go and walk (if you can) down/up Baldwin Street located in north Dunedin, it's the world's steepest street, even recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. The street overlooks Otago Harbour, and is easily accessed by bus from Dunedin centre. Take bus 9 or 9A and get off at North Rd 275. Otherwise it's a 45min walk from the city centre! 
  • Dunedin city centre: The centre of Dunedin has plenty to offer after you have finished the tours or perhaps on a quiet day, explore the city on foot. The historical town has many landmarks to be seen and lots of them are free to enter like the Otago Museum (Natural Science Museum), the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum (History Museum), Dunedin Train Station, the First Church of Otago or St Paul's Cathedral. Other sites to see are the Town Hall building, the Dunedin Law Courts building, the Otago University or the Chinese Gardens ($9 NZD). The city also has many shopping centres located within George street, ideal for souvenir shopping, and you will find plenty of eateries and cafes where to relax and chill. During the evening head to the Octagon, where you will find lots of bars and pubs, serving quality food and drink, making your evening very entertained no matter the weather. Also near by you will find cinema venues for those seeking to watch a movie on the big screen

 
Dunedin train station
Train Station
dunedin cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral
 
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Dunedin Town Hall
Dunedin Town Hall
 
Otago Museum
Otago Museum
Chinese Gardens
Chinese Gardens
 

Accommodation:  Staying in Dunedin is not as cheap as other cities in New Zealand. The location and the nature wonders nearby make it a high sought destination and this is noticed on the nightly prices. Near the city centre, Hotels can be found which resemble classic styles, yet elegant and chic. These are expensive Hotels, costing from €50-80 per night. However, moving north on George street you will find plenty of Motels, which are a more typical accommodation type in New Zealand. They are usually self-catering and can be cheaper than hotels at €40-60 per night. If you are on a budget then there are plenty of Hostels and backpacker style places spread around the city. Also it's popular to seek private accommodation, shared and stay in local houses thanks to Airbnb. 

 
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Motels around north Dunedin
Recommend duration:  When coming to Dunedin, there might not be as much to see at first glance, but as you begin to discover your way around, you will soon realise you might need more time. If you coming for nature, fauna and scenery then you will be impressed and stay a little longer, up to 3 nights would be enough. The city centre can be seen easily within a day, as it's all in walking distance. However, it's important to analyse which time of the year you're coming to visit. Winter's can make your day finish about 5 pm as shops and tours usually end at this time. Summer's are more pleasant to stay out in the evening and day light lasts longer. Staying also the weekend, is better for more activity in the city, but for tours make sure you book in advance. In total 3 to 4 nights over the weekend would be the best recommendation. 

Dunedin Photo Gallery: