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.
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.
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).