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Explore Otago with Dunedin Airport car hire
A car hire from Dunedin Airport is the best way to acquaint yourself with this fantastic place in the lower east of the South Island. Surrounded by breathtaking hills at the foot of a beautiful harbour, Dunedin will delight and surprise every visitor. Its Scottish heritage infuses the city with a unique aesthetic not found anywhere else in New Zealand, whilst its stunning beaches, incredible wildlife, and lush forests represent the best of the national landscape.
What you need to know about Dunedin Airport car rentals
Dunedin International Airport is 30km (roughly 25 minutes in your car hire) from the city centre, and offers a range of car rental pick up options, including Hertz Dunedin Airport, and Budget Car and Truck Rental. Whilst the Dunedin CBD is quite accessible, many of the area’s top attractions are located outside of Dunedin CBD.
A Dunedin car hire will make it easy for you to hit the hotspots, and then park up for the night without having to worry about finding a parking space or contending with traffic as you might in some of New Zealand’s larger cities. You’ll find easy access to all major services within the central city, including health and emergency services, post office facilities, grocery stores, banks, gyms, and churches.
Do take extra care when driving rental cars Dunedin Airport on country roads and remember to stick to the left side. Whilst the highway system is well planned, the occasional weather event can cause problems on secondary roads and bridges. We recommend checking out DriveSafe for the latest updates on Dunedin road conditions.
What to explore in your Dunedin car hire
You’ll notice a youthful vibe in Dunedin, as it has a high population of students. Its quality selection of cafes and eateries punch well above their weight in the culinary scene. The historic charm combined with contemporary art and culture makes for a fabulously vibrant atmosphere, with street art, galleries, and museums, and heritage buildings all there vying for your attention. Outdoor lovers also have a vast selection of activities to choose from, including wildlife tours, hiking, biking, boating, and paddleboarding.
The list of must-see attractions to visit with a Dunedin car hire is long, with Larnach Castle, Tunnel Beach, and the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum on top. Signal Hill and Port Chalmers are also worth a short drive in your Dunedin car hire before you hit the road to wider Otago. The Catlins to the South makes for an incredible road trip, with Curio Bay, Slope Point, and Nugget Point just a few highlights.
Ready for your South Island adventure? A drive north from Dunedin will bring you up to the famous Moeraki Boulders along the coast, with gorgeous rural towns and amazing wildlife opportunities on offer all the way up to Christchurch. Queenstown car hire adventures and views of the Southern Alps are also within reach in your Dunedin Airport rental car.
Tips for car rental Dunedin Airport
Dunedin is a fantastic place to visit any time of year, but each season has different car rental requirements. Summer is a popular time for tourism, so savvy travellers will want to book a Dunedin Airport car hire well in advance. This goes for long weekends and school holidays as well.
Winter will feature fewer crowds and maybe even better prices, but the elements could bring navigational challenges. It tends to be wet with the occasional snowfall, so an extra thought about the vehicle type can offer peace of mind. Smaller economy cars are easier to manoeuvre, but the larger vehicles will provide more stability and power. Consider the route you are taking and the terrain you’ll cover before starting your car hire search.
There can be large sections of road without service in this part of New Zealand, so always plan ahead with your fuel stops—especially if travelling outside of regular business hours. You’ll have plenty of options for Dunedin Airport car rental with over a dozen partnered brands to choose from, including Thrifty, Europcar, Avis, Budget, Keddy and Ace.
What our customers say
How much is it to hire a car at Dunedin Airport?
The vehicle rental price will vary based on availability and time of year. Currently, the daily rate for rental cars at Dunedin Airport starts at around NZ$60 for an economy class model. Book ahead to get the best Dunedin Airport car rental rates.
How far is Dunedin Airport from the city centre?
It is 30 kilometres from Dunedin International Airport to the city centre which should take 25 - 30 minutes depending on traffic.
Can I rent a car one way from Dunedin Airport?
There is usually an additional one-way car rental fee if you hire a car in one place and drop it off in other rental car locations. Keep an eye out for supplier specials that offer occasional deals on these types of bookings.
How old do I need to be to rent a car from Dunedin airport?
The minimum age to rent a car in New Zealand is usually 21 years old, and there is a young driver surcharge. Our partner providers each have specific rules on this so it is best to check individual terms.
Where are the best places to park at Dunedin Airport?
Long or short-term parking is affordable, simple, and secure, all in the Dunedin Airport Parking lot. The first 15 minutes are free. There are also pick-up and drop-off zones, as well as mobility parking near the entrance of the airport terminal building.
What is the cheapest car rental agency at Dunedin airport?
Ezi Car Rental often has a cheap Dunedin Airport rental deal, but the best way to find out is to compare all brands at once using GoSee’s handy search engine. When returning your rent a car Dunedin International Airport, please proceed to the rental car park area, then return your keys to the desk.
What will I need to bring when I collect my rental car from Dunedin Airport?
When you come to collect the vehicle rental on your specified pick up date you should bring with you valid driving licences of all the named drivers; a credit card in the name of the hirer (this should have enough funds to cover any of the security deposit options); and a Passport/ID.
What happens if I need to pick up or drop off my rental car at Dunedin Airport out of hours?
Terms on returning rental cars are depot and location dependent. Check with the destination partner depot ahead of time.
What is the speed limit in Dunedin?
The speed limit is usually 30 km/h in Dunedin city centre, but it does vary. Pay close attention to signage.
Which car hire companies have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Most of the major Dunedin car rental suppliers have updated their health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected. These hire car companies include Avis, Europcar, Budget, and Thrifty.
Do you allow pets in my rental cars?
Excited to travel with your furbabies in New Zealand's South Island? While a lot of car Dunedin Airport companies allow pets, you still have to double-check the listing if there is an extra charge for pets before booking your rental cars.
Do I need to return my car rental with a full tank?
It’s always a good experience to start any tour with a full tank. Please note that you’ll need to top it up before you drop off your vehicle rental car.
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