Dunedin

By | 16th January 2018

Should you hire a car in Dunedin?

Do you need a car in Dunedin > Should you rent a car in Dunedin New Zealand > Dunedin ( DUD )

Do you need a car in Dunedin? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Dunedin is a natural gateway to many of the scenic wonders that make up the South Island of New Zealand, although Queenstown might be a better bet for visiting the fjord lands.

Why should you rent a car in Dunedin?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Dunedin?

Dunedin Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

70%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€135

 #153/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €155

95/300

 

Free parking score

Total 81 - of which 68 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

84%

#8/300

 
  • For all the reasons you’d rent a car anywhere else – freedom and flexibility, especially in a place where public transport is limited!
  • Despite the railway connections, Dunedin is still in a very remote part of New Zealand, and most journeys will be by road.
 

Why not? Visiting Dunedin without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Dunedin public transport quick facts

Train score

 

70%

Water travel score

30%

Overall public transport score

40%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Dunedin. 

50%

  • Dunedin might also be the terminus of a long railway journey south from Christchurch or even from North Island if using the ferries, and this main line does continue right through to Invercargill. The station itself is a great example of neo-Renaissance railway architecture,
  • It will be impossible to mention Dunedin without also bringing up the fantastic Taeri Gorge railway, which is certainly a great day trip to do from Dunedin, and arguably the finest rail journey in New Zealand.

However the Carornocar.com pendulum still swings very heavily towards getting a car in Dunedin, simply because almost anywhere else worth visiting is going to be best done with a hire car. See also our Queenstown car hire guide for suggestions of South Island road trips, based around New Zealand’s premier outdoor pursuits hub.

Should you hire a car in Dunedin? Verdict – yes

Ratings

Car rental in - Dunedin Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Dunedin?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Dunedin?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Dunedin?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Dunedin if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Dunedin if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Dunedin if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Dunedin on the Carornocar scale?

10

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Dunedin?

Have you driven in Dunedin? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Dunedin?
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