The big nationwide car-rental companies all have offices in Dunedin, and you’ll find a few inexpensive local outfits here too, such as Getaway (0800 489 761, 03-489 7614; www.getawaycarhire.co.nz) and Driven Rentals (0508 123 7483, 03-456 3600; email@example.com). See www.findacarrental.co.nz/dunedin for more.
Parking is tight in the central city. The closest free parking is along Cargill and London Sts, northeast of the Octagon.
City buses (0800 474 082; www.orc.govt.nz) leave from stops in the Octagon, while buses to districts around Dunedin depart a block away from stands along Cumberland St. Buses run regularly during the week, but services are greatly reduced (or nonexistent) on weekends and holidays. You can view the Dunedin Bus Timetable at the Dunedin i-Site, or see the website. An average trip costs $2 or less.
For details of the hop-on, hop-off Dunedin City Explorer, see p584.
Try Dunedin Taxis (03-477 7777) or Otago Taxis (03-477 3333).
Although some of those hills are steep, Dunedin’s crap parking still makes a bicycle a good option for transport ’round the city. Cycle Surgery (03-477 7473; www.cyclesurgery.co.nz; 67 Stuart St; per day $35) rents out bikes (including tandems, kids’ bikes and panniers).