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For everyone who’s ever wanted to rent a car without wasting time or money in the process, there’s Nova Car Hire. With the buying power of 1.5 million customers behind us, we negotiate huge volume discounts from some of the world’s most reputable car hire suppliers, and we pass that value on to you in the form of great value rates. Receive an instant quote by simply entering your choice of dates and location. Don’t worry - we have a list of 26,000 locations worldwide to choose from. There are no forms to fill, so you can book immediately, or, if you have any queries you can speak to one of our friendly and efficient staff. It’s Nova Car Hire, so there’s never any hassle - just great rates and reliable car rental.

About Dunedin Airport

Dunedin International Airport is located near the village of Momona on the Taieri Plains about 22 kilometres southwest of Dunedin city centre. An international airport in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand, it serves Dunedin city and the Otago and Southland regions. The other international airport in Otago is Queenstown International Airport.

There are regular flights operating out of Dunedin Airport to major locations in New Zealand such as Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland while regular services to Brisbane, Australia are also available. Major airlines who operate out of here are Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue (to Auckland only).

There is loads of food and drink options available at Dunedin Airport with the Food Court & Coffee Shop serving a wide range of snacks, meals and beverages. While a bit of shopping can be enjoyed before or after your flight with outlets selling stationery, magazines, newspapers, books, postcards and medicines along with gifts such as clothing, jewellery, toys and souvenirs. If your flight is an international one, you can check out the two duty free shops at Dunedin Airport.

Other facilities at Dunedin Airport include WiFi access (chargeable locally), internet kiosks, ATM machine, baby changing facilities, information desk, post box, toilets and payphones. For even more information on passenger facilities, visit the official website of Dunedin Airport.

A Guide to New Zealand's Oldest City

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A Guide to New Zealand's Oldest City

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An escape from the frenetic pace of Queenstown, the Scottish town of Dunedin (Dunedin is the Celtic word for Edinburgh) blends the traditional and the modern to offer attractive museums, cafés, restaurants, and bars. New Zealand’s oldest university, the University of Otago, injects a contagious energy, driving a vibrant cultural and social scene.

The Octagon

Get a feel for Dunedin’s history at the Octagon in the centre, an eight-sided plaza bisected by the city's main downtown street, George St. Virtually unchanged since its initial construction in 1846, it gathers St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, the Town Hall, and the Dunedin City Art Gallery around an iconic statue of Scottish poet Robbie Burns, whose nephew Thomas helped found the city. A pedestrian area bisected by George and Princess Streets forms the Octagon’s heart, with a paved plaza in its lower half and green terraces in the upper part. Visit on Burns’s birthday (January 25) to hear poetry reading competitions.

Otago Settlers Museum

Otago Settlers Museum on Cumberland Street is another key to the history of Dunedin. Housed in impressive Edwardian galleries and Dunedin's former New Zealand Rail Road Transport Building, it outlines how Dunedin was moulded by the lives of the indigenous Maori, the early Chinese, and following waves of migrant groups, as well as their associated art, fashion, technology, and customs. Discover how Dunedin and the Otago region developed through exhibits recreating an 1870s immigrant ship, illustrating the local Maori and immigrant Chinese, and depicting early settlers in photographs and paintings. A comprehensive redevelopment has seen the creation of 18 new exhibitions within 9 completely refurbished exhibition spaces, housing the institute’s incredible 94,100 items.


Olveston, built for Jewish importer-exporter David Theomin between 1904 and 1906, is a selection box of exotic delights from across the world and the centuries. Built in a Jacobean style, the house features an eclectic mix of artworks and furniture, representing everywhere from 17th-century Spain to 19th-century Japan. The mansion is a remarkable example of how the privileged lived in the early 20th century, with service lifts, an internal telephone, and even a retractable roof in the billiards room to release smoky air!

Baldwin Street - The Steepest Street in the World

Just beyond the University of Otago is a seemingly unremarkable street that features in the Guinness Book of Records. With a 38 percent gradient (or 19 degrees), Baldwin Street is the steepest street in the world. Dunedinites celebrate this distinction with the annual Baldwin Street Gutbuster, a run up and down the street during the city's summer festival.

Another one of Dunedin's fascinating traditions is the annual race involving Cadbury Jaffas 
(balls of candy-coated chocolate confectionery which have been manufactured in Dunedin since 1931), with each “participant” in the race receiving an individual number and up to 25,000 of them hurtling down the street for the annual charity event!

Speights in Dunedin

New Zealanders are not the only people to claim that Speights is the best beer in the world. A tour of the brewery begins with the story of the coopers who made the barrels, covers the history of beer brewing and Speights, demonstrates how beer is made, and ends with free samples in a pub. This usually encourages most of the tour participants to sojourn to The Ale House for more beer and seafood chowder.