Robert Burns, The Octagon, Dunedin

Car Rental in Dunedin, New Zealand

This little piece of Scottish heaven is named after the old Gaelic for Edinburgh, hence its moniker “Edinburgh of the South.” Otherwise known as Dunedin, a city that rose from the remnants of an ancient collapsed volcano, it is the second-largest in South Island and famous as a University (of Otago) town.

Dunedin's commercial and tourism importance in the Otago peninsula and the Southlands is highlighted by the presence of an international airport well-covered by global car rental companies Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty car rentals in Dunedin. Given the wide range of models available for you to hire, getting a cheap car hire in Dunedin is just one mouse click away. Book online now for the best deals!

Car Rentals in Dunedin New Zealand

Around The Octagon and Beyond

Dunedin’s Scottish heritage is punctuated by delectable Edwardian and Victorian architecture, testament to the fortunes bestowed by the Gold Rush of the past. For an interesting architectural character, drive your rental car in Dunedin to Larnach Castle, a 19th century Scottish baronial and Gothic revival mansion full of – according to local lore – grumpy ghosts.

To gain insight into the local culture, hang around Dunedin’s Octagon. Unlike other town squares, Dunedin’s has eight sides, with the streets radiating out of each side forming its central business district.  Princes and George Streets are known for upmarket shopping, and if you hanker for a plate of fish and chips – or maybe Thai curry – or a pint of ale, Rattray Street in the outer perimeter of the Octagon is the place to go on your Dunedin car hire.

For leafy and feathery distractions, the 50-hectare Dunedin Botanical Gardens is less than 10 minutes north of the Octagon on a Dunedin car rental. The lush green space and resident avians would surely soothe and entertain.

Explore the Otago Peninsula on Car Hire in Dunedin NZ  

On the other side of the ridge of Otago peninsula facing the Pacific Sea is Dunedin's well-kept secret and true natural gem. The rugged beaches that are home to a diverse wildlife, including the rare yellow-eyed ‘hoiho’ penguins, are some of the most crowd-free in New Zealand.

 Taiaroa Head, the protrusion overlooking the mouth of the harbor, is the breeding colony of royal albatrosses. It is also a strategic lookout point for southern right whales, dolphins, humpbacks and orcas, seals and sea lions. Rent a car in Dunedin airport, do the Octagon and surrounds, and head down to these beaches for a truly wild experience. Dunedin is the eco-tourism capital of New Zealand for a reason.

For more inspiring scenery and swimmable beaches that are within city limits but still far away enough from the crowds, there are a handful beaches you can easily get to on rental cars in Dunedin that are worth your time. Saint Clair is great for surfing while Brighton is ideal for swimming. Tunnel Beach is popular for its dramatic cliffs and pillars (and compelling lore), while Long Beach 30 minutes to the north on car hire in Dunedin soothes with its tranquil waters and challenges with its rock-climbing spots.