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Epic Dunedin winter events

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Heat up these frosty nights with some of the hottest tickets in town this winter. Celebrations, visual extravaganzas, food experiences, rugby, and a general atmosphere of mid-year joy … it’s just the usual Dunedin winter. Don’t miss out.

Mana Moana at Matariki

Mana Moana at Matariki:24-26 June

Get down to the Steamer Basin over the Matariki long weekend this June for a visual event that tells stories of Ōtepoti Dunedin, Moananui-a-Kiwa the Pacific Ocean and how to care for water and the environment. Video performances will be projected onto a screen of water and run on a loop for three hours each night, so everyone gets a chance to see it. You’ll want to wrap up warm and find a good possie for this. The night market will be open, too, so you won’t go hungry.

Museum nights

Museum nights: various dates

Otago Museum isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think about Dunedin’s happening night spots, but with extended hours filled with collections tours, workshops and local craft gin tastings, it’s the place to be this winter. The series of night-time events includes free and ticketed activities, live music, cocktail chemistry, jewellery workshops, hot yoga and movies. So put a note in your calendar, a notebook in your satchel, and be an erudite socialite at Otago Museum.

Midwinter Carnival

Midwinter Carnival: 8-9 July

There’s nothing more enchanting than the giant lanterns at the Midwinter Carnival. This year, the carnival will be held at First Church over two nights and coincides with the All Blacks versus Ireland rugby match weekend in July. Unlike previous years, the carnival is a ticketed event, so get in quick so you don’t miss out on this magical weekend of lanterns, installations, processions, performances, music and a night market.

All Blacks v Ireland

All Blacks v Ireland: 9 July

Get your thermals on and gear up for a packed Forsyth Barr Stadium, a rowdy crowd and some thrilling rugby action when the All Blacks take on Ireland. The stadium's got a roof and it’s ready to be raised, but don’t use all your energy cheering. Rugby is just one highlight of the weekend – there'll be just as much action in the Octagon before and after the match.

Science NanoFestival

Science NanoFestival:14 – 17 July

The team at NZ International Science Festival has decided not to leave us hanging between biennial Science Festivals, so they’re bringing us a NanoFestival in mid-July to get us through until our next full festival fix. It’s smaller, sure, but it will still be jam-packed with fascinating events that celebrate science and teach us a thing or two. Keep an eye out on the Science Festival website for details about the programme and tickets.

Dine Dunedin

Dine Dunedin: 5-21 August

Dunedine is less of a mouthful than Dine Dunedin, but mouthfuls are what Dine Dunedin’s all about, and a food celebration by any other name would taste as sweet and savoury. Take your time to peruse the festival menu and work out all the dishes that whet your appetite. It’s on from 5–21 August, with a Drinks Dunedin programme running alongside it, so there’ll be no cooking for you. All you need to do is work out your Dine Dunedin meal plan so you know what you’ll be eating and drinking for those couple of winter weeks.

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