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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

How much does it cost to travel to Dunedin?

You should plan to spend around $106 (NZ$172) per day on your vacation in Dunedin. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $30 (NZ$48) on meals
  • $29 (NZ$46) on local transportation
  • $107 (NZ$173) on hotels

A one week trip to Dunedin for two people costs, on average, $1,487 (NZ$2,402). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Dunedin cost?

A one week trip to Dunedin usually costs around $743 (NZ$1,201) for one person and $1,487 (NZ$2,402) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Dunedin on average costs around $1,487 (NZ$2,402) for one person and $2,974 (NZ$4,805) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Dunedin will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Dunedin on average costs around $3,186 (NZ$5,148) for one person and $6,373 (NZ$10,296) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Dunedin has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Dunedin expensive to visit?

Prices in Dunedin are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, Dunedin is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in the Pacific for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Paihia, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Sydney.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Dunedin Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Dunedin?

The average Dunedin trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Dunedin travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) NZ$173 ($107)
Local Transportation 1 NZ$46 ($29)
Food 2 NZ$48 ($30)
Entertainment 1 NZ$29 ($18)
Alcohol 2 NZ$12 - 36 ($7 - 22)
Accommodation Budget in Dunedin
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Dunedin is $54 (NZ$87). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Dunedin is $107 (NZ$173). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Dunedin

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Dunedin based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $94. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Dunedin
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Dunedin is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $29 (NZ$46) per person, per day, on local transportation in Dunedin.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Rental Cars in Dunedin
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Food Budget in Dunedin
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Dunedin can vary, the average cost of food in Dunedin is $30 (NZ$48) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Dunedin should cost around $12 (NZ$19) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Dunedin is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Dunedin
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  • Entertainment and activities in Dunedin typically cost an average of $18 (NZ$29) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Dunedin
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  • The average person spends about $15 (NZ$24) on alcoholic beverages in Dunedin per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Dunedin
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  • On average, people spend $1.27 (NZ$2.06) on bottled water in Dunedin per day. The public water in Dunedin is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Dunedin On a Budget
Dunedin Dunedin Train Station, Dunedin, New Zealand
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.
There are tons of things to see while visiting Dunedin. For all you chocolate lovers, be sure to check out Cadbury World. This chocolate factory is a must see as it teaches about the history of Cadbury, allows you to see chocolate being made, and of course, try the delicious chocolate at the end of the museum tour. After seeing how the chocolate is made, you could head over to the Speights Brewery and see how the local beer is made as well. At the end of the tour you have an hour to drink all you want (and can) of all the different types of Speights beer they make, from lagers to ales to ciders.

The Octagon, which is the city center, is a unique place to see. It is shaped as, believe it or not, an octagon and has tons of restaurants, bars, and shops. Near the city center is the Old Railway Station, where you can see true Victorian architecture. As mentioned before, Dunedin is a university town, so be sure to stroll through the campus, as there are beautiful buildings throughout, especially the clock tower.

For those interested in Rugby and Football (soccer), you will want to go see the futuristic Forsyth Barr Stadium that was opened in 2011. The stadium is fully enclosed, however, the roof is transparent which allows real grass to grow on the field.

Lastly, walk through the Dunedin Botanical Gardens, which span over 123 acres at the northern end of the city. There is an aviary in the gardens with tons of tropical birds, a large fountain with a marble pool, and tons of exotic plants all over.
There are so many places around and outside of the city that are truly incredible. The Otago Peninsula as a whole is a beautiful place to explore; the whole coastline is very scenic with hidden beaches throughout. If you drive far enough on the western coast of the peninsula (about an hour), you can visit the Royal Albatross Colony, which is the only mainland nesting site in the entire world. Albatross are mainly seen during the summer months; however, if you happen to be visiting during the winter it is likely that you will see other types of wildlife. You can drive or take a bus to the colony.

There are tons of beaches around Dunedin that are less than 25 minutes away by car. Tunnel beach is probably the top beach that you will want to visit. You have to walk through farmland, which brings you atop massive cliffs over the ocean. There is access to get you down to the beach as well. Long Beach is another amazing beach to visit (and even camp at). There is a massive cave at one end of the beach where you can stay overnight, just know that it is usually inhabited by large groups of students during the weekends. Sandfly Bay is full of sand dunes, seals, and sometimes even penguins! Aramoana Beach has beautiful views and is also great for rock climbers. The Moeraki Boulders are a bit further out, but definitely worth visiting. The boulders are perfectly round and make for a great place to get some pictures standing on top of the rocks!

The Catlins are an area about two hours outside of Dunedin. Here you can hike through the lush forest, visit waterfalls, surf, mountain bike, camp, and much more. The Catlins are often overlooked by tourists, therefore, giving it a "hidden gem" feel.

Take a walk up Baldwin Street, which is the steepest street in the world. If you happen to be there during the annual chocolate festival (in the summer), you can witness over 15,000 chocolate-coated sweets being rolled down Baldwin Street. If you're up to it, you can also participate in the Baldwin Street Gutbuster, which takes place during the summer, and run up and then back down the world's steepest street.

There are a lot of hiking trails around Dunedin. Signal Hill, Mt. Cargill, and Nichols Falls are just a few. These are also great mountain biking trails for all you cyclists. The Taeri Gorge Scenic Railway ride is a great leisurely activity. Simply hop on the train and enjoy the beautiful views of central Otago.
Food and Dining
You can find so many different kinds of food ranging from fast food to high class, five-star restaurants. If you are looking for a classic New Zealand fish and chips shop while you are in Dunedin, head over to Mei Wah. It is very reasonably priced and too tasty to be true. They also serve delicious Chinese food there. George Street has tons of options as well, just walk down the street and there will definitely be something that catches your eye. Caper's Cafe is a delicious place for breakfast or lunch; their French toast is to die for.

There is a farmers market on Saturdays at the Railway Station where you can try some Kiwi favorites like bacon butties, Whitebait fritters, and crepes. Etrusco is a great mid-range Italian restaurant no far from the city center.

There is an airport in Dunedin if you are coming from somewhere far. Otherwise, you can drive or take a bus into the city. Buses run regularly from the surrounding cities (Christchurch, Queenstown, Invercargill) through companies like Atomic Shuttles, InterCity, Wanaka-Connexion, and Knightrider. Once in the city, you can take a bus around town, rent a bike, walk, or take a taxi.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.