Dunedin is basically the main city in the region of Otago and has garnered the second position in the list of largest cities of South Island in New Zealand. Its name has been inspired by the Scotland’s capital– Edinburgh, wherein burgh is actually the Gaelic adaptation of ‘Dun’ that in context is ‘Fort’; however in English it also means ‘town’. The Dunedin airport is one of the most important International airport of Otago regions. The passengers from all over the world can book flights to tour this city of South Island. Although the cities Napier-Hastings, Hamilton and Tauranga’ size and subsequent larger population has brought Dunedin to seventh number in terms of urban area of New Zealand, this gorgeous city is still counted in the 4 main cities holding great value of New Zealand’s culture, history and geography.
As compared with the rest of the country, population statistics of Dunedin offers a picture mainly related to the education stats of the locals because of the student population. The traits in the statistics are:
Ethnicity demographic of Dunedin population is as follows:
The summer season of Dunedin starts from November and carries on till April, however, the peak season when there is influx of tourists from all sides of the world are the months of December, February and March. There is higher number of tourists in months of end December to mid January as the locals have vacation generally from 20th of December to somewhere around end weeks of January. Another vacation time is late October as well as the Easter weekend. Hence if the tourists are planning to visit Dunedin in these months, it is advised to book accommodation much in advance to get good places in good rate.
The best months to visit Dunedin is in January and February, however those who are vary of crowd and are budget stricken they can visit in other months as well as the weather in this city all year round is quite pleasing and warm. People planning to visit in March and October enjoy special rates as the peak season is about to start or end due to which the prices are quite low and the atmosphere is quite calm and relaxed. The weather in winters is quite chilly, however those who enjoy cold weather and can bear with the chilly winds then Dunedin in winters offers a whole different scenario.
Dunedin International Airport, now known as just Dunedin Airport and informally called Momona Airport, is one of the two international airports located in the area of Otago, the other airport being Queenstown International Airport. The airport is located in the surrounding of South Island in Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island catering for not only Dunedin city but also Southland and Otago region. The airport is constructed adjacent to Momona village, hence the name Momona Airport, on the Taieri Plains about 22km away from the Dunedin’s Central Business District and is 5 most used airport of New Zealand. To cater for so many passengers, the airport offers many must have facilities, some of which are:
To take out money, passengers can make use of an ATM of Westpac which is located adjacent to the front entry of the terminal. This ATM machine deals in all credit and ATM cards.
For parents with toddlers and babies a private changing facility is provided inside the room called Parent room that is located on first floor right next to escalators on the right side. This room is fully equipped with basic needs that are needed to change and feed the baby like microwave, nappy disposal, changing table and toilet.
Passengers can make use of Free Wi-Fi that is powered throughout the airport terminal. However, the Wi-Fi is free for first 30 minutes or 1000 MB, whichever comes first, and after that to access Internet passengers will have to choose any of the paid usage option from Roaming Account, Tomizone Account or Credit Card.
To keep the batteries of various devices charged, passengers can make use of the charging facility on the first floor to keep their gadgets like phone and laptop along with other devices in working condition.
Dunedin Airport is one of the only two international airports catering for the region of Otago of South Island in New Zealand. As such its connectivity with not only other cities of New Zealand but also other countries is quite smooth. Internal network of domestic airlines connecting countries with New Zealand cities is commendable. Some of the airlines, both International and Domestic, catered by Dunedin Airport are:
Dunedin is another city having diverse range of cuisines for food lovers. As with other cities many of the restaurants have received awards and accolades for providing top class taste, friendly staff and ultra cool and appreciated ambience. Some of the top choices for specific kind of cuisines are:
This out of the ordinary cafe is located right on top of the Maori hill and it is better to go with cab rather than walking up to this elegant cafe. The extravagant menu includes delicacies from venison loin to beef with sweet dish being a must to order.
Get a taste of Modern New Zealand menu in this ultra classic restaurant located in an old wooden house, the ambience of the place with an informal air and friendly staff makes you super comfy.
Craving for a taste of your favorite scrumptious Scottish dish. Well keeping with the tradition followed in the Scotland’s capital – Edinburg, this restaurant offers cozy ambience accompanied with Scottish hospitality. Scotties ever famous single-malt whisky graces one wall of the place while customers do justice to hearty meal of Otago hare and smoked salmon. Customers, locals as well as tourists alike, stand by their choice of haggis and whisky-mixed pate included in the menu along with the two Scottish Robbies, namely Coltrane and Burns.
Dunedin, as with other cities of New Zealand, offers much of the beach activities at decent prices. You can indulge in adventure and water sports activities or have a relaxing day at beach by playing in the golden sand. However, apart from this Dunedin has much more to offer in terms of Art Galleries, museums, monuments and nature made attractions. Some of the must visit places in Dunedin are illustrated below:
This museums most unique point is the way it knits the story and reels the listener into getting engrossed completely in the story. Main section dedicated to Maori culture is followed by the larger than life ceiling to floor portraits of the imperial settlers in Victorian era hiding their stories behind sophisticated lace and beard. Know more about these old settlers by clicking on their terminal. Other attractions of the Museum range from cabin of a passenger ship and incredible compilation of record creating cars to a room inspired by the underappreciated stars of Flying Nun Records.
This excursion of about 8 hours starts the moment a cruise ship docks into the shore of Dunedin’s Taieri Rivers while being aboard Taieri Gorge Railway and taking in the incredible views. The tourists can walk around in the tunnels and overhead ramps of this train and combine it with beautiful sights Dunedin has to offer before heading t=back to the port of Dunedin.
The mesmeric scene of New Zealand’s top class artists is given their due in this art gallery. However, only part of the gallery covers the beautiful art pieces and the rest is given over to display shows and other entertainment options.
|Wheel Chair Availability||Yes|
|Prepaid Booth (TAXI)||Yes|
|Terminal Interchanging Facility||No|
|Domestic Flights Connectivity||Yes|
|One Day Shelter||No|
|Taxi Cost||$3.00/ km (NZ)|
|Apartments Rent||Starting from $190 / week|
|Beer||$3.75/ 0.5l (NZ)|
|Mineral Water||$ 1.50 / 1.5l (NZ)|