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Getting there & away




InterCity (03-471 7143; www.intercity.co.nz; 205 St Andrew St; ticket office 7.30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm Sat, 11am-5.15pm Sun, tickets by phone 7am-9pm daily) has direct services to Oamaru ($26, one hour 40 minutes), Christchurch ($47, six hours), Queenstown ($42, 4½ hours), Te Anau ($44, 4½ hours) and Invercargill ($42, four hours).

Southern Link (0508 458 835, 03-358 8355; www.southernlinkcoaches.co.nz) connects Dunedin to Christchurch ($34) and Oamaru ($24). A door-to-door service costs an additional $12 to $22. Coastline Tours (03-434 7744; www.coastline-tours.co.nz) runs between Dunedin and Oamaru ($28), and will detour to Moeraki, Karitane, Seacliff or the airport if needed. Naked Bus (0900 625 33; www.nakedbus.com) connects Dunedin with Christchurch ($33), Queenstown ($33), Invercargill ($29) and Te Anau ($33).

A couple of services connect Dunedin to the Catlins and Southland. The Bottom Bus (03-434 0753; www.bottombus.co.nz) does a circuit from Dunedin through the Catlins to Invercargill, Te Anau, Queenstown and back to Dunedin. Catlins Coaster (0800 304 333, 021 682 461; www.catlinscoaster.co.nz) connects Dunedin with Invercargill, returning via the scenic Catlins; see p670.

Other shuttles:

Atomic Shuttles (03-349 0697; www.atomictravel.co.nz) To and from Christchurch ($35), Oamaru ($20), Invercargill ($35), Queenstown ($40) and Wanaka ($40).

Catch-A-Bus (03-479 9960; www.catchabus.co.nz) Door to door daily between Dunedin and Wanaka ($50), stopping at Otago Rail Trail towns along the way. Bikes cost an additional $10.

Knightrider (03-342 8055; www.knightrider.co.nz) Night-time service to Christchurch ($49), Oamaru ($32) and Invercargill ($42).

Wanaka Connexions (03-443 9122; www.time2.co.nz/transport/wanaka_connexions) Shuttles between Dunedin and Mt Cook ($75), Wanaka ($45) and Queenstown ($45).


A couple of interesting train journeys start at Dunedin’s magnificent railway station (Anzac Ave): the Taieri Gorge Railway journey, and the Pacific Coast Railway journey to Palmerston and back (departs 9.30am and returns 1.30pm, one-way/return $43/63). Book via the Taieri Gorge Railway.

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The only international flights into Dunedin are on Air New Zealand (0800 737 000, 03-479 6594; www.airnz.co.nz; cnr Princes St & The Octagon) from Australia’s east coast. The same airline’s domestic arm has flights to and from Auckland (from $120), Christchurch (from $80) and Wellington (from $110).

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