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Vacation rentals in Dunedin

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Guesthouse in Dunedin
Highly rated coastal chic in St Clair
Welcome to Paruru, our new studio accommodation. A dream location, only five minutes walk to St Clair Beach & its vibrant cafe scene. Just a short walk to bus stops if attending a concert at the stadium. This new build has everything you need for a couple's getaway. Relax & enjoy the view over the rooftops & out to the ocean. We are so proud of our wee pad, we opened in October and have been hosting lovely people non-stop. If in doubt, please read some of our reviews, they speak for themselves!
$62 per night
Guest suite in Dunedin
Kereru studio
SELF CHECKIN , CLEANED AT COVID 19 GUIDELINES ,DISINFECT ALL SURFACES HOT WASH ALL LINEN, CLEANED TO A HIGH STANDARD, We would like guests to show covid vaccination pass , photo shot sent by txt prior sunny studio room, perfect for couple, one person, TV, FRIDGE, TOASTER, SANDWICH PRESS, KETTLE MICROWAVE,CROCKERY , CUTLERY, DOUBLE BED, ELECTRIC BLANKET AND HEAT PUMP. Large bathroom, High pressure shower 10 minute drive to city, close to bus stop, supermarket uni,hospital Gardens, view .
$44 per night
Townhouse in Dunedin
Contemporary elegant apartment
My place is a great option for travellers ,Sorry it’s not available for guests wanting to complete an isolation period. It is close to the Otago Peninsular, public transport, parks, cafe, medical centre, takeaway food, hairdresser. You’ll love my place because of the contemporary decor - newly renovated, the location - private and quiet, the ambiance, the outdoors space and sunny aspect. My place is good for couples, solo adventurers, and business travellers. No children sorry!
$85 per night

Stay near Dunedin's top sights

Photo of Larnach Castle
Larnach Castle91 locals recommend
Photo of Forsyth Barr Stadium
Forsyth Barr Stadium27 locals recommend
Photo of Baldwin Street
Baldwin Street73 locals recommend
Photo of Taieri Gorge Railway
Taieri Gorge Railway18 locals recommend
Photo of Dunedin Botanic Garden
Dunedin Botanic Garden60 locals recommend
Photo of Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum125 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Dunedin

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Luxury Apartment In Manor Place Dunedin Central
$54 per night
Cottage in Dunedin
Valley View Cabin - garden retreat
$46 per night
Guest suite in Dunedin
Sunny Waverley Studio with amazing harbour views
$56 per night
Guest suite in Dunedin
Adorable warm 1-Bedroom unit , with views
$84 per night
Private room in Dunedin
Relax in the tranquil setting of leafy Maori Hill
$55 per night
Guesthouse in Dunedin
Private studio apartment in Maori Hill.
$62 per night
Guesthouse in Dunedin
Private Secluded Hideaway near Beach. Free parking
$61 per night
Private room in Dunedin
Beautiful ensuite room, breakfast, fibre, Netflix
$33 per night
Rental unit in Dunedin
St Clair Beach bungalow
$61 per night
Rental unit in Dunedin
A Stone's Throw from Town (A-Frame)
$52 per night
Home in Dunedin
Sleek Suite by the Sand (1-bedroom)
$70 per night
Private room in Dunedin
Cozy Garden Room with your own entrance & bathroom
$48 per night

Your guide to Dunedin

All About Dunedin

Surrounded by dramatic hills and rugged, grassy cliffs dropping into turquoise waters, Dunedin is often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. Located at the head of Otago Harbor on the east coast of the South Island, Dunedin’s Scottish heritage is evident in its Victorian and Edwardian architecture. The city is rich in history yet has a thriving contemporary cultural scene. Home to New Zealand’s oldest university, the University of Otago, Dunedin’s central region is full of delicious eateries, craft breweries, and live music venues. Curated street art by internationally renowned artists covers buildings all over the city. You’ll find local, regional, and international exhibits at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, as well as exhibitions of natural history at the Otago Museum.

The valleys and hills of an extinct volcano meet the Waipori and Taieri rivers to the southwest of Dunedin and the Pacific Ocean to the east. Protected wildlife and beautiful landscapes complement the uniquely vibrant culture, with hiking and cycling trails passing through the city and crisscrossing the Otago Peninsula. Along the beaches at the edge of town, you may be able to spot a number of rare species, including penguins, seals, and shags. Dunedin is also the only mainland breeding ground in the world for royal albatrosses.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Dunedin?

Dunedin is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so bear in mind that the seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. As a coastal city, its climate is significantly affected by the ocean, with mild summers and cool winters. Some spring days can seem like they contain all four seasons, but the weather is generally mild and consistent from November to April, ideal for mountain biking on Mt Allan’s Pulpit Rock trail. Summers are warm and sunny, perfect for surfing, swimming, and enjoying a relaxing day at one of the beautiful beaches along the peninsula.

Autumn, which starts in March, brings cooler days and bursts of orange, red, and yellow throughout the valley. The Dunedin Fringe Festival takes place in March across the city, showcasing art and entertainment by new and established artists. While winter brings colder, dry days, clear skies unveil epic starry nights. Step inside and explore local art in one of the many local galleries or brave the chilly waters at St. Clair beach during the city’s annual “winter plunge.”

What are the top things to do in Dunedin?

Otago Museum

The Otago Museum houses more than 1.5 million artifacts showcasing natural, cultural, and scientific stories of the country and the world through exhibitions, tours, and talks. The museum’s Tūhura Science Centre is an all-ages education and entertainment hub with 45 interactive exhibits, a double-helix indoor slide, a tropical forest, and a planetarium. The museum is open daily.

St. Kilda and St. Clair Beaches

A 15-minute drive from the city center by car or bus, St. Kilda and St. Clair beaches comprise one long stretch of beautiful white sand along the Pacific Ocean. A popular swimming spot, the beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months and offers the most consistent surf breaks along the peninsula. A collection of bars and cafes dot the St. Clair Esplanade, perfect for a morning coffee or a casual meal after a day in the sun.

Southern Scenic Route

Stretching nearly 375 miles from Dunedin to Queenstown, the Southern Scenic Route provides access to deserted beaches, lush rainforest, pristine lakes, and stunning mountain vistas. View some of New Zealand’s unique wildlife, including native birds and seals, or stop off and explore museums and heritage sites rich in Māori history and culture. Most of the road is sealed, but some portions are not, so make sure to slow down and drive according to the conditions of the road.

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