A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Dunedin vs. Auckland

Should you visit Dunedin or Auckland?

Should I visit Dunedin or Auckland? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Dunedin

Dunedin is the second largest city on the South Island of New Zealand. It is situated on the southeast coast and is largely Scottish in its heritage. It is part of the Otago region and has mild temperatures during the spring and summer, but extremely cold temperatures during the end of fall and winter. Dunedin is a university town; The University of Otago is the oldest in New Zealand, established in 1869. The students make up over a tenth of the entire city's population.

Auckland

Auckland is located on the North Island of New Zealand on an isthmus between the Northland Peninsula and the other parts of the North Island. Auckland is not only a city but also a region. In 2010 New Zealand combined what had previously been four separate cities into one region. These cities include the southern city of Manukau, the western city of Waitakere, the North Shore in the north, and Auckland City. The City of Auckland is the largest city in Polynesia and is very diverse with many expatriates from elsewhere in Polynesia. This diversity becomes most apparent in Auckland's many festivals and sporting events.

Which city is cheaper, Auckland or Dunedin?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Dunedin is $100, while the average daily cost in Auckland is $135. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Dunedin and Auckland in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $50. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Dunedin the cost is $100 on average.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $174 in Auckland For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dunedin $50
    Auckland $87
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dunedin $100
    Auckland $174

Food

In Dunedin travelers spend around $28 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

Auckland food costs typically run travelers around $24 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dunedin $28
    Auckland $24

Typical Food prices in Auckland

For Auckland, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Breakfast
    $5.81

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Auckland

For Auckland, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner: $107

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $27 per day to get around in Dunedin.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Auckland than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $15 on transportation in Auckland on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dunedin $27
    Auckland $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dunedin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dunedin:

  • Departure Transfer: Dunedin Central City Centre Hotels to Dunedin Airport: $17
  • Arrival Transfer: Dunedin Airport to Central Dunedin City Centre Hotels: $17

Typical Local Transportation prices in Auckland

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Auckland:


  • Bus from Airport
    $12
  • Airport Shuttle
    $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Auckland

Also for Auckland, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Auckland Airport to North Shore or Henderson Luxury Car: $118
  • Arrival Private Transfer Auckland Airport to North Shore or Henderson Luxury Van: $118
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland in Business Car: $95
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland in Luxury Van: $118
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland City by Luxury Car: $106
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland City by Luxury Van: $102
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland City by Sedan Car: $78
  • Arrival Transfer: Auckland Airport to Auckland Central City Centre: $21
  • Arrival Transfer: Auckland Airport to Rotorua with Optional Private Day Tour: $387
  • Auckland Airport (ADL) to City Center to Airport - Private Transfer: $74
  • Auckland Airport Private airport transfer: $74
  • Auckland Airport Transfers and Daily Tours: $493

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $17 per person, per day in Dunedin. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Sightseeing expenses in Auckland, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $27 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dunedin $17
    Auckland $27

Tours and Activities in Dunedin

Here are a few actual costs in Dunedin for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1 Day Private Tour with Basic Landscape Photography Around Dunedin: $341
  • 5-Day Stewart Island Tour with Small Group from Dunedin: $2,666
  • A 2 hour Small Group Dunedin City Highlights Tour: $48
  • Carbon-free transport and tour through Orokonui Ecosanctuary: $96
  • Culture in Context Tour on the Otago Peninsula: $114
  • Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & Albatross Guided Tour: $178
  • Dunedin City and Coastal Views 3-Hour Small-Group Guided Tour: $72
  • Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour: $156
  • Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour: $119
  • Dunedin Gardens and City Highlights Tour: $148
  • Dunedin Onshore Cruise Group Tour: $118
  • Dunedin Shore Excursion: Half-Day Wildlife Cruise and Portobello Village: $114

Typical Entertainment prices in Auckland

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Auckland's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Auckland Sky Tour (for 2)
    $40
  • Waiheke Island Tour (for 2)
    $146

Tours and Activities in Auckland

For Auckland, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Auckland Self Guided Audio Tour: $12
  • Maritime Museum Entry Ticket: $14
  • Hīkoi To Britomart Māori Art Walking Tour: $18
  • Vibrosaun Therapy Experience: $19
  • Sky Tower General Admission Ticket: $23
  • The Hunt for the Missing Monarch - An Auckland Adventure: $30
  • Auckland Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local: $30
  • Clue Zealand - The Hunt for the Missing Monarch - An Auckland Adventure: $31
  • Auckland Harbour Cruise: $33
  • Escape Game Adventure: $36
  • Cultural Guided Walking Tour of Mount Eden: $37
  • Axe Throwing - 2 hour experience: $37

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Dunedin may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $14 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Typically, people visiting Auckland spend on average $7.63 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dunedin $14
    Auckland $7.63

Sample the Local Flavors in Dunedin

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Dunedin:

  • Speight's Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting: $18
  • Speight Brewery Small Group Guided Tour from Dunedin: $19

Sample the Local Flavors in Auckland

Also in Auckland, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Tour and Tastings in an Urban Craft Beer Brewery: $23
  • Wild West Coast & Black Sand Beach Tour incl Craft Beer Brewery Lunch & Tasting: $100
  • Premium Full Day Waiheke Wine Tour: $125
  • Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience on Waiheke Island: $131
  • Waiheke Island Premium Food & Wine Tour with Platter Lunch: $147
  • Waiheke Island: Private Wine Tour with Tastings: $151
  • The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour: $157
  • Waiheke Island: Afternoon Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch: $158
  • Full-Day Waiheke Island Food and Wine Tour: $165
  • Matakana: Full-Day Food and Wine Tour: $169
  • The Afternoon Artisan Food and Wine Tour: $169
  • Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing, Harbour Cruise and Waiheke Island Wine Tasting: $171


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dunedin and Auckland, we can see that Auckland is more expensive. And not only is Dunedin much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Dunedin would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dunedin and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Auckland would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Auckland than you might in Dunedin.

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