Dunedin car rentals

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Dunedin car rental information

Pick-up locationDunedin
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Rental locations33
Airport locations24

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Dunedin

  • Parents or guardians travelling to Dunedin with children must follow the local car seat laws. Any children under the age of seven will need an approved booster or car seat. From the age of seven to eight, it is still advised to use a child restraint if available in the vehicle; if not, a safety belt should be used. Between the ages of eight and 14, children must use available safety belts, and it’s generally recommended that they travel in the back seat. Children over 14 years old must use safety belts wherever they are available. Whether you’re looking at a van, luxury SUV or cheap car hire in Dunedin, you should be able to add the appropriate child seat to your booking.
  • Technically, you need to be 18 years or older to hire a car in Dunedin. However, you will find that many Dunedin car hire companies either don’t accept drivers under the age of 25 or charge a higher rate for doing so. Though this will likely restrict the range of vehicles you’re eligible to hire, you can compare prices and policies through KAYAK to secure a good deal with a Dunedin car hire company that accepts younger drivers.
  • New Zealand imposes the same blood alcohol limit on drivers over the age of 20 as Australia does, meaning you’ll be considered over the limit if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is higher than 0.05%. For those under the age of 20, the BAC is strictly 0.00%. Dunedin police regularly perform roadside breath tests and drug impairment tests, so it’s never worth taking the risk of driving under the influence. New Zealand imposes strict penalties on those who drive or attempt to drive while over the legal limit, and you can even be charged for refusing to provide a breath test or blood sample. So, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and avoid driving your hire vehicle while under the influence.
  • Hire a car in Dunedin and pack more into your trip by being able to jump in and drive off whenever you choose; it's also the most practical and time-efficient way to get around. Buses are the major public transport system in Dunedin and services arrive roughly every 15–30min, meaning you could spend plenty of time in the sun waiting to be picked up if you don’t have a hire car. Larnach Castle is best reached by car and takes about 20min from Dunedin, with the Line 18 bus dropping you more than 3 km from the Victorian-era attraction. A bus to Tunnel Beach Walkway requires around 45min while a hire car can get you there in only 10min.
  • Once you have landed at Dunedin International Airport (DUD), turn left inside the terminal and follow the signs to reach car hire company reception desks. Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Go Rentals and Hertz have counters. No shuttle service is required as the car park for hire vehicles is only a short walk from the terminal.
  • Portobello Road hugs the Otago Harbour and has some tight bends that must be approached cautiously. Watch for buses and trucks approaching from the opposite direction and ensure there is a safe space between lanes. Dunedin has particularly hilly geography and it’s recommended to pick up momentum before driving up slopes, such as Baldwin St. It’s also important to keep an eye on the speedometer as you descend hills because it’s easy to overstep the speed limit. Familiarise yourself with the defroster in your hire car as cool temperatures in Dunedin can often cause condensation on the windscreens.
  • Rush hour is most noticeable in Dunedin between 07:00–09:00 and 15:00–18:00 on weekdays. Central thoroughfares, including Cumberland St and Crawford St, are most affected and should be bypassed if they’re not vital for reaching your destination. Foggy conditions are common in Dunedin and it’s recommended to use low headlights, as stronger beams are more likely to produce glare.
  • Book your rental car in Dunedin at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Dunedin are around -9% cheaper than other car types, on average

Dunedin car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Dunedin 
Verified travelerMar 2024
You will obviously rent a car which suits the size of your travel group. Smaller new cars are very fuel efficient and much easier to manouvre around busy cities.
Verified travelerMay 2023
Get familiar with the one way system

FAQs about renting a car in Dunedin

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Dunedin?

    The engine power of full-size and intermediate models is well suited to the hilly landscapes of Dunedin, while the cars will have no issue navigating city traffic. A fuel-efficient compact make is ideal if you’re planning on exploring more of the South Island, and 4WDs are priced competitively considering the storage space they provide.

  • What’s the speed limit in Dunedin?

    Unless indicated by signage, always assume the speed limit is 50 km/h in Dunedin. The majority of George St is reduced to 30 km/h because of the heavy pedestrian traffic, and Wharf St increases to 60 km/h as it wraps around the bay. School zones in Dunedin are set at 40 km/h.

  • Where are the best places to park in Dunedin?

    101 Great King St—Wilson Car Park has spaces available for approximately NZ$ 2.00 (A$ 1.90) per hour on weekdays and a 12h flat rate of about NZ$ 5.00 (A$ 4.80) on weekends. Filleul Street Car Park costs roughly NZ$ 1.00 (A$ 0.95) per hour and is free after 18:00.

  • How much is gas price in Dunedin?

    The average gas price in Dunedin is ₪26.07 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪313 and ₪417, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Dunedin?

    Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Dunedin.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Dunedin?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Dunedin?

    An Intermediate car rental in Dunedin costs ₪297 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Dunedin?

    An Economy car rental in Dunedin costs ₪317 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car rental cost in Dunedin?

    A Special car rental in Dunedin costs ₪212 per day, on average.

  • Do Dunedin hire car companies accept foreign driver’s licences?

    The short answer is, yes. However, if your licence is not in English, you'll need to obtain an International Driver's Permit (IDP) in your home country. There may also be a stricter age limit imposed, regardless of whether you're looking for a luxury model, commercial vehicle or cheap hire car in Dunedin.

  • How can I hire an eco-friendly vehicle in Dunedin?

    Electric cars and hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Corolla and Kia Niro are available to hire in Dunedin. If you’re hoping to secure cheap car hire in Dunedin, you’ll be pleased to know that these eco-friendly options tend to be budget-friendly. 

Dunedin car rental reviews and directory

Ace Rental Cars

10.0

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10.0

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10.0

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10.0

Value for money

8.0

2 locations in Dunedin

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Bodyline Panel And Paint, 6 Wharf Street

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Dunedin Airport - Hertz Rent a car counter

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10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Having booked the vehicle on line, the pick-up at Dunedin was fast , easy , and very smooth because Connel was very efficient and presented a very relaxed and calming vibe.

1 out of 1

Hertz

8.6

Very good

7 reviews

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.3

Value for money

8.3

2 locations in Dunedin

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874 Princes St

+64 3 477 7385

Monday09:00 - 12:0013:30 - 16:00
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Miller Road, Momona

+64 3 477 7385

Monday07:00 - 21:30
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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Appreciated the convenience of downtown pick up and airport return. The car was great and return quick and easy.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Super easy and straightforward. Great car and value for the services we received.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

We weren't able to rent the car from them at all and had to pay for a new reservation through a new company, although we had pre-paid through Hertz

9.6 Wonderful

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The pick up was great the drop off easy. Car clean and welll maintained

Cons:

Car had a tattle after 1800km a bit challenging

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2023

KAYAK
Very easy rental .... no catches no problems

1 out of 2

Sixt

8.6

Very good

3 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Dunedin

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Miller Road 25

+64 3 260 7320

Monday07:30 - 21:30
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8.0 Very good

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Great staff at Dunedin. When trying to rebook our initial booking due to COVID, the SIXT contact centre staff were terrible. Only helped when a kayak got involved.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2023

KAYAK
All great

8.0 Very good

Feb 2023

KAYAK
I didn’t expect to have to pay the $250 bond.

1 out of 1

Go Rentals

8.0

Very good

1 review

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Dunedin

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25 Miller Rd, Momona

+64 9974 1598

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Budget

6.6

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

8.6

2 locations in Dunedin

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97 Moray Place

Monday08:30 - 21:30
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Terminal Building

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keddy by Europcar

6.0

Okay

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Cleanliness

4.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Dunedin

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Terminal Building

+64 3486 2358

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Thrifty

4.0

Mediocre

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Cleanliness

4.0

Comfort

4.0

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4.0

Value for money

4.0

3 locations in Dunedin

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874 Princes St

+64 800 737 070

Monday13:30 - 16:0009:00 - 12:00
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Thursday09:00 - 12:0013:30 - 16:00
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Dunedin Ap

+64 3 486 2537

Monday07:30 - 21:30
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Miller Road, Momona

+64 800 737 070

Monday07:00 - 21:30
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Europcar

10.0

Wonderful

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One location in Dunedin

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Terminal Building

+64 3 486 2358

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Avis

8.7

Very good

1 review

2 locations in Dunedin

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97 Moray Place

Monday08:30 - 21:30
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Terminal Building

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EZI

10.0

Wonderful

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Miller Road

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Yesaway

10.0

Wonderful

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53 Stuart Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin (Law Courts Hotel)

+64 800 800 338

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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JUCY

9.5

Wonderful

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Dunedin Airport

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Alamo

7.4

Good

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One location in Dunedin

Locations in Dunedin

Dunedin Airport

0064 34862358

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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EZU Car Rental

7.2

Good

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One location in Dunedin

Locations in Dunedin

Dunedin Airport

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

2.0

Poor

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One location in Dunedin

Locations in Dunedin

Terminal Building, Dunedin New Zealand

+64 3 486 2358

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Right Cars

4.9

Mediocre

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One location in Dunedin

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115 Kaikorai Valley Road

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Firefly

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2 locations in Dunedin

Locations in Dunedin

874 Princes St

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Dunedin Airport

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Ace

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One location in Dunedin

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In-Terminal

64-274-211-345

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Autorent Car Rental

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One location in Dunedin

Locations in Dunedin

Dunedin Airport DUD

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Dollar

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One location in Dunedin

Locations in Dunedin

Miller Road, Momona

+64 800 243 789

Monday07:00 - 21:30
Tuesday07:00 - 21:30
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Thursday07:00 - 21:30
Friday07:00 - 21:30
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:30 - 21:30

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Go Rental Car Hire

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One location in Dunedin

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25 Miller Rd, Momona

+64 9974 1598

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Moto Car Rental

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One location in Dunedin

Locations in Dunedin

Rental Car Kiosk, Terminal Building 25 Miller Road, Momona Dunedin Airport, Dunedin

+64 800 656 564

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National

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Terminal Building Dunedin Airport

0064 34862358

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Shouqi

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One location in Dunedin

Locations in Dunedin

Terminal Building

+86 10 6064 1387

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Sunnycars

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One location in Dunedin

Locations in Dunedin

874 Princes Street

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15 travelers who rented a car in Dunedin gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

Car rental locations in or near Dunedin

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Most popular car type

Intermediate

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