Book Cheap Flights to Dunedin

Find out more

About Dunedin

Dunedin is a historic destination in New Zealand. With a population of over 100,000 residents, it is the oldest city of the country. Dunedin furthermore offers you the chance to enjoy its wide range of modern and historic sights and sounds. The top attractions of this destination include Otago Peninsula, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and Cadbury World.

Prepare yourself to discover this wonderful city, because cheap flights to Dunedin are available for a limited time! This destination is home to the Dunedin Airport (DUD), which is a 30-minute drive or train ride from the city centre. This international airport serves the national airline, Air New Zealand Limited. Popular flights to departing from Johannesburg to Dunedin are now available. The average duration of the flight is 23 hours and 50 minutes.

Why visit Dunedin

Otago University Dunedin

Wealth of History

As New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin is rich with history. Explore streets lined with Victorian and Edwardian architecture and discover the colonial centres in some of this destination’s regions.

Restaurant in Dunedin

Modern Culture

Satisfy your appetite and your shopping needs with Dunedin’s contemporary collection of restaurants, bars, sidewalk cafés, and variety of stores.

Flying Kea Dunedin

Exotic Wildlife

One of the highlights of this city is the collection of rare colonies of penguins, New Zealand sea lions, Royal Albatrosses, and more.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country New Zealand
Currency New Zealand Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.11 NZD
Language English / New Zealand Sign Language / Māori
Hub Airport Dunedin Airport
Airline Air New Zealand Limited
Time Zone GMT + 13
Travel Adaptor Type I

Best time to visit Dunedin

If you’re looking for cheaper accommodation rates, more availability and moderate weather, visit Dunedin during the months of October (mid-spring) and May (late autumn). Crowds will be thinner as well, ensuring that you can enjoy your time in this city at your own pace. The weather will be cool, but not as cold as the winter season (June – August). While this season brings average temperatures below 10°C, Dunedin remains a beautiful destination that you can still enjoy any time of the year. The summer season (November – April) is another good time to visit, but take note that peak season is December, February and March. The Easter weekend and late October are also holiday periods, which will cause a rise in the amount of visitors to Dunedin.

Weather & Climate in Dunedin

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 12°C 12°C 11°C 10°C 8°C 6°C 6°C 6°C 7°C 8°C 9°C 11°C
High °C 17°C 17°C 16°C 14°C 12°C 10°C 9°C 10°C 11°C 13°C 14°C 16°C
Rainfall (mm) 74 61 78 65 71 63 62 56 48 61 64 72


Dunedin is the oldest city in New Zealand, rich with heritage from Scotland and from various periods of history. Well-preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture lines this city’s streets, which is where you will find sidewalk cafés, restaurants, bars and a diverse collection of shops, proof of Dunedin’s modernity.

Discover this destination’s history via the four main centres of the colonial era in the Otago and South Island regions. Shop for a variety of hand-crafted items, food, books and toys at the Dunedin Farmers Market. You will also have an excellent chance to discover extremely rare colonies of penguins, the Royal Albatross and New Zealand sea lions. Other highlights include Dunedin’s serene harbour setting, Larnach Castle, Speights Brewery, as well Otago Museum.

Visa & Customs

South Africans will not need a Visa to enter New Zealand, for a period of 90 days. All you have to do is make sure that your passport will remain valid for six months after your return date, and that it has three blank pages for entry stamps.

The nearest South African High Commission is in the capital, Wellington

Address: Level 7, State Insurance Building, 1 Willis Street, Wellington, 6011

Phone: + 64 4 815 8484 Fax: + 64 4 472 5010

Health & Safety

The Centres for Disease Control recommend that travellers get up to date on all the routine vaccinations four to six weeks before travelling to New Zealand. In addition, you may wish to get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B, which you may get, respectively, through contaminated food or water or through sexual contact.

Dunedin is one of the safest cities in the world. Students from across the country choose this city as their place of education, and often party after exams. The nights can get rowdy, but as long as you smile and are patient with revellers, you will not get into any trouble.

It will still be worthwhile to practice common sense, so keep your valuables secure and out of sight. The police station in Dunedin is in Great King Street, next to the Countdown supermarket.

Cost of Living

Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 139.21
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 64.97
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 38.67
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 25.99
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 194.90

Where to stay?

A great variety of hotels, apartments and lodges are concentrated around the centre of Dunedin and close to the coast. The features that they offer may include kitchenettes, free parking and Wi-Fi, restaurants, business centres, bars, casinos and more. The cost of staying at one of these establishments ranges from $ 40 to $ 500.

Get Around

The Dunedin Bus Service is one of the most affordable options you can use to travel around the city. The fare for adults ranges from $ 2.60 to $ 15.30 while for children it is from $ 1.60 to $ 9.20. You can, however, save even more with this service by purchasing a GoCard, which costs $ 5.

Alternatively, you could use a bicycle, since the town centre is reasonably flat. Stay away from Dunedin’s hills if you’re not looking for adventure. A recycling centre by the north-east end of the docks sells bicycles for $ 10 each.

For a scenic trip, take the train with the Taeri Gorge Railway, which ends at the small village of Middlemarch. A round trip can cost $ 91 per adult, $ 28 per child, while the first child with an adult gets to ride for free.

Main attractions in Dunedin

Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle

Otago Peninsula

Otago Peninsula

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station

Why book with us
  • Bringing you the best fares from all airlines
  • Expert assistance from booking to departure
  • Online destinations for planning your travels
Already Booked your Flight?

Explore our Hotel listings:

  • 1000's of options worldwide
  • Best prices
  • Great service
Personalised Assistance

Need help with your booking? Contact our expert Travelbar agents for guidance and booking assistance

  • 0861 878 278

Download our app

Free for iPhones and Andriod