1. By road: car or bus 5 hours one way. Popular bus networks include InterCity, nakedbus and Atomic Shuttles.
2. By air: plenty of flights run everyday to and from Dunedin. Bear in mind the airport is quite far from the city centre. Also, if on a tight budget it’s a lot cheaper by road.
Staying there: Plenty of budget and backpackers accommodation available. Unfortunately there isn’t a YHA but my favourite place to stay is Manor House Dunedin.
Things to do:
Art and culture:
Museums: Otago Museum, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum – both free
Galleries: Public Art Gallery – free
Gardens: Dunedin Botanic Gardens (free) , Chinese Gardens ($6 student fee)
Heritage buildings: St. Paul’s Cathedral, First Church of Otago, Dunedin Prison, Dunedin Railway station, Otago Daily Times Building (all with free entry) and La Ranch Castle and finally Olveston House Tour for a $18 student fee.
Factory Tours: Speights Brewery Tour and Cadbury World Tour. $25 and $20 respectively for the student fee. And there’s unlimited beer at the end of the brewery tour!
Beaches: Tunnel beach (2 hour walk from the carpark), Victory beach, Aramoana beach, Bluesky bay, Long beach, Sandy beach and St. Clair.
Tracks and viewpoints:
Signal Hill, Pineapple track, Mt. Cargill and Silver Peak and the infamous Otago Penisuala and its regions.
Unfortunately I don’t know what the beaches and tracks are like as it was freezing when I was down there and frankly speaking, I got lazy and preferred the warmth in my room rather than the ice cold winds outside!
Have you been to Dunedin before? Anything else you reckon can be done without spending too much? Comment below and let us know.