Autumn family fun
A double-helix slide, wild things and a castle… need we say more?
In 2017, a team of researchers announced the greatest geological discovery of our time: the existence of an eighth continent, almost completely submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean. They called their discovery Zealandia. How Zealandia became a refuge for one of the strangest collections of animals on the planet is a mystery 85 million years in the making. Journey through time to see some of the weird and wonderful life on these remote islands, survivors of the geological equivalent of Atlantis. This stunning planetarium show at the Otago Museum is suitable for ages 7+
Get out and explore Dunedin's wild side with plenty of excursions and hands-on activities for kids during the Wild Dunedin - New Zealand Festival of Nature - in the second week of the Easter School Holidays. From story-time cruises on the Monarch and wild movies at the Otago Museum through to the wild bus to the Sinclair Wetlands and Leith River expo-dition, there's plenty to entertain the whole family at no, or very minimal cost. View the programme.
14 April - 29 April
Let little imaginations run wild at New Zealand's only castle these school holidays, where kids go free with a paying adult. The castle and grounds are full of hidden places to explore and make an excellent day out for the whole family.
With spectacular views over Otago Harbour and coastline, the Seasider train journey is considered one of the must-do railway trips in New Zealand. Drink in excellent views as the train travels along Otago Harbour to climb the pretty cliff tops to emerge above the Pacific Ocean. During autumn, trips mainly run on Saturdays only with daily excursions during the Easter school holidays.
Click here to find out more from Dunedin Railways
Keen to get the kids outside to burn off some energy and need some inspiration? We’ve done the research and road-testing to bring you the following round-up of most excellent Dunedin slides, from vintage classics to dazzling new vertical drops and everything in between.
Check out the Insliders’ guide
Escape Dunedin is happy to lock you and your family up and challenge you to the fastest escape. hosts plenty of exciting challenges. Try the University of Witchcraft & Wizardry challenge... a prankster has hidden your wand; use the powers you learned at school to find your wand in the hidden depths of The Savoy.
Find out more at www.escapedunedin.com
Introducing Dunedin’s latest adventure activity! Clip ‘n Climb is now based at LEAP Dunedin. With names like Dark Tower, Lightening Crack, Spaghette and Triffid, the climbing wall routes are sure to be plenty of fun. When you are done climping jump into Leap’s trampolining and stunt bags.
Find out more at Leap Clip ’n Climb
Can get messy – fun family dining
Injecting a delicious doughnut with a giant syringe full of jam or caramel or chocolate is a sensory experience worth seeking out. The Octagon’s Nova Café serves up these wicked treats with style and a grin. Hustle down the shady lane to Alley Cantina, the Mexican décor alone will introduce you to a colourful new way to dine. Or make it an adventure in trying something of everything at Great Taste, providing a smorgasbord of everything from Italian to Asian morsels.
Ever the family favourite, Moana Pool has been the go-to destination for water-based entertainment for generations. Close to Dunedin's city centre, the complex features a leisure pool complete with toddler area, wave machine, a 'rapid river', two water slides, and an Olympic sized swimming pool among other facilities.
See more at Moana Pool
As the sun begins to go down, find Leith Valley Road and a delicate Dunedin treasure. A fifteen minute walk through darkening native bush will bring you to the Nicholls Creek glow worms. There is a little creek to cross at the top and the drop to the right gets steeper as you walk up, so take a torch and sensible shoes and a close eye on any small adventurous types. Be respectful and peaceful while visiting the glow worms as they are easily disturbed, and turn off your torch or they’ll sulk and stop shining.
Find your way to Leith Valley Glow Worms
Come and relax, drink tea, bring a picnic, try some puzzles and games in the only truly authentic Chinese Scholar's Garden in the Southern Hemisphere, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. Soak up the tranquillity, watch the fish swim lazily in the reflective pool, enjoy the audio or guided tours.
Dunedin has a rich history in the arts and of making art freely available for all to enjoy. It is unsurprising, then, that the city is now embracing street art, with an increasing number of blank walls being transformed into works of art by local and international artists. Experience these vibrant, whimsical artworks on the Dunedin Street Art trail.
Currently there are 19 walls in the trail and the walk takes around 60 mins to complete. Click here to view the map.
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Ensure you experience all that the city has to offer; book a wildlife tour and don’t miss the brilliant Hair Raiser Ghost tour for spooky fun.
Explore our great outdoors this Autumn, by boat, bike or just picnic on the beach, your family is spoilt for choice in our outdoor playground.