Is Dunedin Expensive?

Is Dunedin expensive to visit?

Dunedin is a moderately priced destination with an average daily cost of $103. Compared to the rest of the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, it is a reasonably affordable place to visit. It's ranked in the top 25% of cities in the Pacific for its affordability, comparable to places like Te Anau and Surfers Paradise.



Dunedin Train Station, Dunedin, New Zealand

How expensive is Dunedin?

The average cost of traveling to Dunedin can vary widely based on many factors, but our calculations based on previous travlers show that the average daily cost is $103 (U.S. Dollars). Your travel style, accommodation preferences, dining choices, and trip duration can alter your individual budget, as you can find a wide array of accommodation, food, and entertainment options available for your visit. Sticking to mid-range hotels, affordable restaurants, and public transit when available can keep your costs close to this calculated average. See more travel costs for Dunedin here.

How expensive is a weekend trip (three days) to Dunedin?

Based on our calculations from previous travelers, a weekend trip to Dunedin will cost around $309 per person. This amount includes sightseeing activities, hotels, restaurants, local transportation, and other travel expenses. For two people, a weekend trip would cost $619.

How expensive is a one week (7-day) trip to Dunedin?

On average, a one week trip to Dunedin costs about $722 per person. This is based on the previous expenses of actual travelers, and includes accommodation, food, activities, local transportation, and more. For two people, a one week trip costs $1,444.

Is it expensive to backpack in Dunedin?

Dunedin is a fairly common backpacker destination with more than 5 hostels in the area. Dorm beds in hostels average about $17 per night. (See hostel prices in Dunedin here.) Keep in mind that you'll find a wide range in prices here, too. The most expensive beds are priced around $18 and the cheapest around $16 per night.

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in Dunedin.

  • $17 for a dorm bed at Chalet Backpackers
  • $17 for a dorm bed at UpTown Backpackers

Are hotels expensive in Dunedin?

From our analysis of hotel prices in Dunedin, we can see that they are very affordable in comparison to the rest of the world. On average, a night in a hotel room costs approximately $94. The area hosts around 2 five-star hotels, averaging $187 per night. For those with an eye on both comfort and economy, three-star hotels present a reasonable choice at an average of $83 per night, while two-star hotels offer an even more economical option at $65 per night.


Hotels by star rating in Dunedin
Rating Number of Hotels Average Hotel Price
5 stars 2 $187
4 stars 23 $100
3 stars 19 $83
2 stars 4 $65
1 star 2 $107
No rating 2 $110

660 George Street, Dunedin
Overall Rating 9.5
678 George Street, Dunedin
Overall Rating 9.2

How expensive are sightseeing activities in Dunedin?

Activities and things to do in Dunedin can vary in price depending on the type of activity, length, and location. Below are a number of popular activities to give you an idea of what to expect when visiting. Generally, previous travelers have spent $17 per day on sightseeing activities and things to do when visiting, which is less than the country's average of $36.

    • Heritage City and Larnach Castle Van tour with Historian Guide: $155
    • A 2 hour Small Group Dunedin City Highlights Tour: $59
    • Dunedin Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
    • Dunedin Adventure: Family Heritage & Nature Walk: $176
    • Small-Group Dunedin Wildlife Cruise: $106
    • Castle, Coast & City Small Group Tour (8 pax max): $124
    • Clearwater Wildlife - Small Guided Tours (10 max) Otago Peninsula: $109
    • Shore Excursion: V8 Trike, Peninsula and City Tour: $50

    Is food expensive in Dunedin?

    Food in Dunedin can vary in price depending on the restaurant and food options available. Generally, other travelers have spent $29 on food per person per day, which is less than the country's average of $31. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible.

    Is transportation expensive in Dunedin?

    Exploring local transportation in Dunedin shows that the price can vary greatly by the type of transportation used. On average, previous travelers have spent $28 per person per day, which is more than the country's average of $21. If you want to save money, use public transit as it's much cheaper than taxis or private drivers.

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    We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



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