Start the day with a swim at Moana Pool. The children can play while you do some laps or use the gym facilities, or if they are little you can entertain them in the leisure pool area.
Head back into town for lunch at one of Dunedin's many child friendly cafes. Most have a toy box and menus that can be adapted to suit your children's tastes.
In the afternoon, take the Taieri Gorge Railway trip and watch the kids marvel at the bridges and tunnels. There are refreshments available on board or you can take your own snacks. Family packages gives one child travelling for free with each adult.
By the time you get back into town, there will be time for dinner before heading back to your accommodation with cheerful, tired children.
After breakfast, head straight to the Otago Museum. Witness the release of newly-emerged butterflies as they take wing for the very first time or persuade a colourful butterfly to land on your shoulder in the Discovery World Tropical Forest. Follow your hot forest adventure with a refreshing stroll around the galleries, then go on a journey to the edge of the universe and back, sailing across the Pacific Ocean to the shores of Aotearoa, or learn how the night sky looks over Dunedin in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, the Museum’s new 50-seat 360° immersive dome.
After a quick stop to pick up a prebooked hamper or some supplies from a handy supermarket, the Dunedin Botanic Garden is the perfect place for a leisurely picnic. You can feed the ducks, play in the playground, watch the goldfish and see how many of you it takes to stretch around some of the enormous trees. After lunch, take a walk up to the aviary and chat to the birds before coming back down the hill through the maze of bush trails.
A quick walk down the street after lunch will take you to the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, where you will see what it was like to be one of Dunedin's first arrivals and the kids' can play with the old dress ups.
For tired children, early dinner and a movie will be the ideal way to finish the day.
Take the family for a half-day Monarch cruise and experience the beautiful Otago harbour and its wildlife.
On a summer afternoon, take a stroll through Woodhaugh Gardens - make sure you bring a picnic, as there are barbecues and a paddling pool. You can take a walk through the native bush up to Ross Creek, ensuring weary little children at the end of a very satisfying day.
Take the kids ice-skating for hours of fun and hilarity. There are snacks available for the starving hordes afterwards.