Dunedin Wheelchair Access Travel

Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago region. Its name comes from Dùn Èideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. The urban area of Dunedin lies on the central-eastern coast of Otago, surrounding the head of Otago Harbour, and the harbour and hills around Dunedin are the remnants of an extinct volcano. Archaeological evidence points to lengthy occupation of the area by Māori prior to the arrival of Europeans. The province and region of Otago takes its name from the Ngai Tahu village of Otakou at the mouth of the harbour, which became a whaling station in the 1830s. Dunedin is home to the University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest university (established 1869), and the Otago Polytechnic. Students account for a large proportion of the population; 21.6 percent of the city’s population was aged between 15 and 24 at the 2006 census, compared to the New Zealand average of 14.2 percent. In 2014 Dunedin was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Attractions and Opportunities

Chinese Garden

Dunedin Railway Station

Otago Museum

The Octagon

Toitu Settlers Museum

Speight’s Brewery


Christchurch Buses

Priority seating areas

All buses have priority seating areas near the front of the bus for passengers with mobility aids, service animals and for parents with pushchairs. For safety reasons, it may be necessary for pushchairs to be folded down before boarding. Please cooperate with the driver if they request that your pushchair be folded down to make space for a passenger with a mobility aid.  

Mobility aids, service animals and pushchairs 

All bus services welcome passengers accompanied by service dogs or disability assist dogs and most buses in Canterbury can cater for passengers with access challenges. 
All Christchurch and Timaru buses have:

  • super-low floors and the ability to kneel to meet the curb. Please ask the driver if you need the bus to kneel
  • wheelchair ramps fitted to allow easy access for most wheelchair users. The driver will manually fold these out

Please note: larger wheelchairs may not fit in the bus aisles. Please check the dimensions below. While many buses can fit two wheelchairs or mobility devices, some older buses only have space for one.

Accessibility will be improved as new Christchurch wheelchair access buses replace older vehicles. Newer buses have wider aisles and larger priority seating areas, making it easier to accommodate mobility equipment. 
For guidance only: Manual wheelchairs and power wheelchairs can be carried on most buses subject to the following restrictions:                                                                                     

  • Maximum length: 1200mm (including footplates / feet)
  • Maximum width: 700mm
  • Maximum weight: 300kg (combined weight of wheelchair and user)

Being able to operate within these dimensions and weights is necessary to enable safe negotiation of the loading ramp and maneuvering into the priority seating area.

Some larger mobility equipment may protrude into the aisle. This is acceptable as long as it does not make it difficult for other passengers to move down the aisle. 
For space reasons, buses are unable to carry electric mobility scooters.

Vehicle Hire

Freedom Mobility specialise in Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles and we have rented a van from them and enjoyed the experience. This way you can fully explore the region. Wherever you are travelling in NZ Freedom Mobility have you covered.

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