Dunedin is the second largest city on South Island in New Zealand. All types of visitors will find something to their liking, given the range of activities and attractions offered. You can enjoy the beaches, admire Victorian architecture, or head out for wildlife tours in the Otago Peninsula to see yellow-eyed penguins, sea lions and fur seals. The beaches, Cadbury World, and a long list of gardens, castles and museums make it just as attractive a destination for families. To experience all that the city has to offer, you will have to get a car for hire in Dunedin.
There are eight agencies offering visitors a car rental in Dunedin, and an equal number have counters at Dunedin International Airport (DUD), not to mention another two or three agencies in between the airport and city. There is no easy way to physically find out which agency is offering a good deal. The only way you can get the best rate is to compare all the agencies online. Select your pick-up point (airport or city), choose the best deal you see and book your vehicle right now.
Probably the best place to start would be the St. Clair Beach which leads out directly into the Antarctic. It can get a bit cold, which is why there is a salt-water pool alongside the ocean at the southern end of the beach. The only thing that spoils the pristine beauty of the white sands of Aramoana Beach is the breakwater that winds its way into the harbor. Other beaches worth exploring include Victory Beach, Blueskin Bay, Tunnel Beach, Long Beach, and Sandfly Bay, with its large sand dunes on the Otago Peninsula.
A heritage tour of Dunedin would have to include the Gasworks Museum, Larnach Castle, and Fort Taiaroa. Another thing you simply cannot miss is a tour of Cadbury World. You might also want to visit some of New Zealand's older inhabitants at Penguin Place or the Albatross Colony. In fact, make it a wildlife tour of the Otago Peninsula, along with a trip to the Moeraki Boulders and the Otago Goldfields.
Exploring the lively and beautiful Southland coast on your own is something that tourists dream about when coming to New Zealand for a holiday. Get a car for rent in Dunedin and chart a State Highway 1 road trip itinerary towards Christchurch or Invercargill. If you go up towards Christchurch for a five hour drive, then you will be stopping at Port Chalmers, Oamaru, Waimate, Timaru, and Ashburton along the way. If you choose Invercargill, then you have to go down the other way for about three hours, with stops at Hamilton Island, Balclutha, and Mataura.
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