The beautiful city of Dunedin in New Zealand's South Island is sometimes called 'the Edinburgh of the South'. The statue of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns at the Octagon, the central square, and the many road signs bearing the names of Edinburgh streets give the city a pronounced expat feel, making it a friendly and welcoming place for visitors from all over the world. There are lots of cheap flights available bringing New Zealand so much closer. Those arriving in the town will find that the rumours are true - it does have the world's ugliest railway station. However, the picturesque natural harbour more than makes up for this and the Octagon is a treat. Compare flights from London, or maybe Birmingham, to find the best price to visit Dunedin and see places like Cadbury World, where most of the country's chocolate is made. Alternatively, take a drive to Taiaroa Head on the Otago peninsula to see the wonderful Royal Albatross colony, the world's only mainland nesting site of these magnificent birds.
Getting into the city of Dunedin from the airport is relatively simple. The lack of language barrier makes things easier for the average British traveller. Most of the major car rental companies can be found in the airport and many people who save with a cheap flight prefer to invest in a vehicle during their stay. There are also plenty of shuttle minibuses, seating around 12 people, which are scheduled to coincide with the arrival time of your flight. Located outside the terminal building, they costs around $30 NZ to get into town. Taxis are also available, offering an express service into the centre of Dunedin for around $80 NZ. This is the perfect base from which to explore beautiful South Island.