Car Hire at Dunedin Airport
Dunedin is a city in New Zealand’s South Island on the southeast coast, however this airport services the region of Otago too. It’s easy to drive to many places of natural beauty of New Zealand’s South Island from Dunedin International Airport.
This information is correct as of September 2015
Where to hire a car at Dunedin Airport
There are 8 different car rental companies available to hire from at Dunedin International Airport. Thrifty, Hanson, Europcar, Ezi, Avis, Budget, Hertz and Jucy have branches inside Dunedin Airport.
Petrol stations close at Dunedin Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is a fuelling station called ‘GAS Momona’ just outside of Dunedin Airport. However, if this one is not available head up to Dunedin on Highway 86 and Route 1, and take the exit for Mosgiel. The petrol station will be on your left as you head into the town.
Driving around at Dunedin Airport
Dunedin Airport is 30 minutes outside of the centre of Dunedin. It’s connected to the city and the rest of the South Coast with Highway 1. The South Island is connected by a number of highways, which often make popular road trip routes for travelling in New Zealand.
Whilst driving round Dunedin Airport is fairly safe and straightforward, if you venture into the countryside of the South Island you’ll find that the roads can become much more dubious, especially during winter. However, this is a common issue in New Zealand and if you do think your tires will need chains, speak to your car hire service provider.
Popular destinations to drive to from Dunedin Airport
Dunedin is one of the most historic cities in New Zealand, with an interesting Scottish and Maori history. It’s also home to a large University population, and it’s closeby to the Otago Peninsula.
Dunedin is a 25 minute drive from Dunedin International airport. Follow Airport Road and Centre Road for 7km, then turn left onto Highway 1 in Allanton. Continue north for 20km, until you reach the city of Dunedin. You are able to find on street parking during less busy periods in Dunedin.
Palmerston is a town 50 km north of Dunedin, often confused with the town ‘Palmerston North’ in the North Island. It’s considered the stepping-stone to Otago’s Goldfields.
Palmerston is an hour’s drive away from Dunedin International airport. Follow Airport Road and Centre Road for 7 km to reach State Highway 1. Follow State Highway 1 to join State Highway 85 in Palmerston and continue for 75 km. Turn left to enter the city of Palmerston.
Port Chalmers & Otago Peninsula
Dunedin has two ports, and Port Chalmers is one of them. The Otago Peninsula is a historic part of this region, as well as an amazing place for spotting whales and dolphins.
Port Chalmers sits on the Otago Peninsula and the easiest way to reach it is by going through Dunedin. To reach Port Chalmers follow Airport Road and Centre Road to join State Highway 1. Following State Highway 12 onto Anzac Avenue, and State Highway 88, turning right onto the ramp for Otago Peninsula. Keep left at the fork following the signs for Harbour Basin. Keep left on Highway 88, turning on to Thomas Burns Street. Continue on State Highway 88 to reach Port Chalmers.
It’s fairly easy to find on street parking in Port Chalmers. There are plenty of beautiful places to stay around here, particularly around the coast.