Vacation rentals in Dunedin

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Popular amenities for Dunedin vacation rentals

Stay near Dunedin's top sights

Larnach Castle91 locals recommend
Forsyth Barr Stadium27 locals recommend
Otago Museum59 locals recommend
Edgar Centre3 locals recommend
Tunnel Beach Walk89 locals recommend
Otago Farmers Market59 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Dunedin

  • Total rentals

    1.1K properties

  • Wifi availability

    1.1K properties include access to wifi

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    340 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    130 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    530 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    72K reviews

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.


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.”


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there family-friendly apartment rentals in Dunedin?

    Dunedin has more than 80 family-friendly apartment rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Do house rentals in Dunedin have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 20 house rentals with a gym in Dunedin. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do cottage rentals in Dunedin have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 cottage rentals with air conditioning in Dunedin. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • How much does it cost to stay in hotel rentals in Dunedin?

    Experience the best of Dunedin with our hotel rentals, starting at about $110 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly apartment rentals in Dunedin?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Dunedin. Choose from more than 10 apartment rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there house rentals with a dedicated workspace in Dunedin?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 150 house rentals in Dunedin featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Do guesthouse rentals in Dunedin have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 60 guesthouse rentals with wifi in Dunedin. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Dunedin have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 80 house rentals with a bbq area in Dunedin. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

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