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The best deals on 10 car rental brands at Dunedin Airport

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Car Hire Options at dunedin Airport

There's a range of car hire companies operating at Dunedin Airport. Big-name international companies like Avis and Hertz are trusted and familiar, but there's also a number of independent local brands, many offering very competitive prices. The good news is that you'll find them all here.

We bring together all the leading rental vehicle brands, as well as many of the independents - meaning you don't have waste time trawling the Internet for options or pay exorbitant walk-up prices at the airport rental counter. Book now and save!

To maximise your savings it's a good idea to book your car early, especially for travel during peak periods. Just put your travel details into the Quote box at the top of the page to instantly compare a huge choice of vehicles at the very best prices.

Dunedin Railway Station

Car Rental Brands

At Dunedin Airport all the car rental companies have check-in counters. So,  unlike many airports, there are no "off-airport" rental companies which require you taking shuttle transfers to their depots. 

Avis, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty, Jucy, Europcar and Ezi Rentals all have their own dedicated check-in counters.

If you are renting from another brand, then you'll be directed to one of the above counters who act as agents (eg Ace Rentals clients go to the Hertz counter).

To find the rental car counters go out of the main entrance and turn left. Offices are manned during flight arrivals and departures. The rental car park is well signposted alongside the office area.

Car rental brands at Dunedin Airport:

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Europcar
  • Keddy
  • Jucy
  • Hertz
  • Ace
  • Thrifty
  • Ezi
  • AutoEurope

Why Renting Car Makes Sense

If you're not already aware, Dunedin Airport is a long and expensive journey from Dunedin (30km). 

If you take a taxi from the airport into town you’ll quickly realise just how expensive this trip is, at around $100+ for a one-way journey! 

The Otago Daily Times made the point that it's cheaper to rent a car than take a taxi from the airport into Dunedin. So save yourself a bundle and rent a car.

Not only will a rental car you save money getting from the airport into Dunedin, it'll also give you freedom and flexibility getting around Dunedin and exploring this great part of NZ. We have some suggestions further down the page.

So book a car now and save!

Just put your travel details into the Quote box at the top of the page to instantly compare a huge choice of vehicles at the very best prices.

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  • Depending on the time of the year, you'll find up to 10 different car rental brands here.
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    And if you're finding it difficult to decide, check out the customer ratings to hear from those who've been there and done that.

Great value - thanks. Definitely will recommend you to my friends.

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Phil Dwyer

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Paula Connor

Great for backpackers like us on a tight budget. Got to do more of the amazing things NZ offers with the money we saved. Awesome!

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dunedin Airport Car Rental Tips

Petrol Stations

Stop at a nearby petrol station and top up the tank before returning your vehicle. The extra 5 or 10 minutes this takes will definitely save you money.

If you return the car with the tank not full then the rental company will charge a high price to top up the tank. These charges can be excessive, such as a $2.50 a litre surcharge on top of the fuel cost. Not a nice surprise to later find this charge on your credit card.

There are a number of petrol stations between Dunedin and the airport. The closest petrol station is a GAS which is couple of kilometres from the airport and open 24 hours. There is also a Z Petrol station in Mosgiel, which too, is open 24 hours.

  • GAS
    494 Centre Rd,
    Momona
  • Z Petrol
    Cnr Gladstone Road and Quarry Road
    Mosgiel

Driving from the airport

Dunedin Airport is 30 km west of the city and a straight forward drive that usually takes 25-30 minutes.

Once you've collected your rental car, follow the road from the airport which leads into Centre Road (route 86). After 10 minutes (7 km) you'll reach a T junction where you turn left onto State Highway 1. From here it's about another 20 minutes drive into central Dunedin.

Average economy rental price

  • January $65
  • February $69
  • March $58
  • April $50
  • May $45
  • June $46
  • July $44
  • August $43
  • September $43
  • October $53
  • November $57
  • December $68

Average rental duration

  • January 7 days
  • February 7 days
  • March 6 days
  • April 6 days
  • May 5 days
  • June 5 days
  • July 5 days
  • August 5 days
  • September 5 days
  • October 5 days
  • November 6 days
  • December 10 days

Attractions Near dunedin

A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Dunedin and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions you might like to consider checking out. For more ideas, check out the Dunedin Tourism website....

Royal Albatross Centre

Located out at Taiaroa Head, the Royal Albatross Centre is the place to be if you want to go and learn about the secret lives of these magnificent creatures.

When you pay a visit to the Royal Albatross Centre you can take a guided tour to the only mainland breeding colony of royal albatross on earth. Tours leave throughout the day, and include a short film screening. Nowhere else in the world can you see families of albatross - parents, adolescents and chicks - going about their daily business quite like this! Experience the raw natural beauty of this place from the viewing points, learn more through the interactive gallery, and then relax at the excellent Albatross cafe. Stop to browse through the souvenir shop and pick up a memento to take away.

It’s not just about the wildlife, either, as there is a historic and cultural aspect to consider. Below the peaceful veneer of this nature reserve lie a maze of tunnels. Fort Taiaroa was established more than 100 years ago and today the fort is now a museum.

To get to the Royal Albatross Centre in your rental car you’ll drive out to the tip of the Otago Peninsula at the far end, past Otakou and Harington Point.

Dunedin is a great place to base yourself if you’re interested in wildlife. Near Taiaroa Head you can hop on a boat cruise and encounter whales, dolphins, and sea birds up close. You are also able to see the likes of fur seals and the world’s smallest penguins (around Pilot’s Beach) and have the option of spotting sea lions at Allan’s or Te Rauone beaches.


Olveston House

Step into Olveston House and you’ll find yourself well and truly immersed in early New Zealand settler life from the get go. This was once the home of a well off merchant family; Olveston was built for the Theomin family and conceptualised by the noted British architect Sir Ernest George, in gracious Edwardian style.

There are 35 rooms in all at Olveston, with 21 open for viewing. This authentic and original estate is furnished with lavish decor, art and souvenirs - it’s not unlike a time capsule inside, as if the clock had stopped suddenly. No detail was spared, from the elaborate stained glass windows and fireplaces through to the locks, taps, even the light fittings and switches.

The worldly Theomin family were very well travelled, and brought home many treasures and priceless artifacts. Hundreds of paintings adorn the walls; there are exotic ceramics, bronzes, even jade and ivory items from Asia. All these are now on display, but visitors are asked to refrain from physically touching them, and move around inside with care.

Dorothy Theomin was the last remaining member of the family, and after her passing, Olveston House was opened as a historic museum in 1967. The property and its contents were then given into the care of the city of Dunedin.

Situated on an acre of land and surrounded by gardens, Olveston House is close to our rental depot. Visitor parking permits (for 2 hours) are available from reception for your rental car.

Guided tours are available to book ahead of time, with Mandarin, Cantonese, German, French, Japanese or Dutch speaking guides on request. The Olveston gardens and gift shop are free to visit.

Larnach Castle

Don’t miss Larnach Castle while you’re in Dunedin - its opulent Victorian splendour is unparalleled. It is one of a kind, the only castle in New Zealand. William Larnach, a prosperous merchant and politician, built it in the late 1800s for his family. The lavish interior took over a decade to complete, with no expense spared. The story of the Larnach family took a dark turn, however, featuring a series of wives, children, and eventually a scandalous suicide at the Parliament buildings.

Today Larnach Castle is home to the Barker family, who have carefully restored the building and its sprawling 35 acre grounds. The architecture is magnificent, with impressive towers and facades. The ballroom (spanning 3000 square feet) is a highlight, and a popular venue for weddings, balls and other special occasions. But its gardens are just as head turning as the castle itself; these impeccably manicured grounds have been named a Garden of International Significance.

Not ready to leave yet? Guests can book a stay on the estate. An economical option is the Castle Stable Stay, housed inside a category 1 historic building. Next door to the stables there’s the colonial Larnach Lodge, with lovely harbour views and a dozen different themed rooms - including enchanted forest, rose, sea, gold rush and Victorian. The ultimate experience, however, can be had at Camp Estate. A stone’s throw from the castle itself, this means that guests can actually dine inside Larnach Castle. This venue features a grand marble staircase.

Larnach Castle enjoys a prime position overlooking the Otago Peninsula and the city of Dunedin. It’s only a 20 minute drive out to the headland from town, a quick trip in your rental car.


Tunnel Beach

A wind swept and romantic coastal spot, Tunnel Beach makes for a magnificent afternoon walk. You will make your way through a hand carved passage then emerge out onto a secluded, sheltered beach and sweeping views along the rugged coastline.

Allow an hour to complete the walk, both ways. It’s an easy track which crosses over private farmland. Of course there is a degree of climbing involved and the incline is steep in parts - the path is 150 metres above sea level at its beginning. There are 72 steps along the way to the beach. Take care as it can be dim and slippery depending on the conditions.

The unique landscapes around this path are truly a sight to behold. There are dramatic sandstone cliffs, shaped by the sheer force of the ocean; rock arches and boulders; even mysterious caves to explore. Keep an eye out for ancient fossils as you descend through the passageway.

The tunnel itself is man made; it was excavated in the 1870s by the Cargill family, in order so that they could bathe in the sea in privacy. The Cargill family were central to the history of Dunedin, with Captain William Cargill acknowledged as a key member in the founding of the city and indeed the wider region. The Cargill family mansion was built on the cliff tops of St Clair, a nearby beach.

Just 2 km south of Dunedin, it’s an easy drive to Tunnel Beach in your rental car. The walk starts from the car park on Tunnel Beach Rd. Note however that the walkway is closed for lambing from August to October. The Tunnel Beach walk is best done at low tide, so check timings before heading out.

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