My Dunedin Itinerary

Local literature & screen

Hunker down with some local literature or catch Dunedin on screen in films and documentaries.

Local literary and film action

Dive into the rich pool of books and cinematic imagination from Dunedin’s literary and screen-focused talent. Dunedin is a UNESCO city of literature due to its present and historical wealth of writers and writing. It’s also a location of choice for many screenwriters, film makers and production companies.

It’s lit

Local authors get international attention online. Here’s a list of e-authors to get you started – we’ll change it up often to share the love.

Iona Winter – poetry and short stories

Essie Summers - romance novels

Diane Brown – poetry and novels

Rogelio Guedea - Mexican thrillers

Majella Cullinane – fiction and poetry

David Howard - poetry

Jane Woodham - crime fiction.

See the latest news from the Dunedin City of Literature facebook page, hear it’s extraordinary podcasts and check out the d-tour app, which can take you on a virtual tour that links remarkable writers and their stories to remarkable sites in Dunedin.

Get another take on the Dunedin Literary Scene with the local magazine Down In Edin.

Children of all ages can be entertained for hours with the Dunedin Public Libraries Youth online resources.

High school students can take part in the ‘Land of Granite’ writing competition – get your entries in by 5pm, 11 May.

Get creative

Missing your fix of craft workshops and other arty pursuits? Dunedin has your covered with virtual workshops and tips found below.

Arsenta is hosting regular craft and poetry sessions to follow along and try at home.

Download some of the original Frank Gordon mindful colouring artworks over on our Mindful distraction page.

Peruse the Instagram gallery of Dunedin Drawn, full of local quirk and inspiration.

Dunedin on screen

Either made in, by, or about Dunedin – follow the links to see your city from a new angle.

Wildlife Rescue - A network of wildlife rescue groups work together with passionate volunteers to rescue, treat and release wild New Zealand animals.

Our Big Blue Backyard – a TVNZ show which takes you under the sea and into a world of stunning creatures.

NHNZ clips – lots of clips from Dunedin-based the long NHNZ (Natural History New Zealand) list of extraordinary documentaries

Short Film Otago - Over the past 10 years, Short Film Otago has produced 16 films – check them out.

The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps - Julia Parnell (New Zealand) and co-director Rob Curry (UK) tell the cautionary story of Dunedin musician Martin Phillipps and his legendary band, The Chills.

Wilbur King of the Ring - (AO) Following the journey of a humorous ex-professional Kiwi wrestler.

Wanted Season 2 – See Dunedin local Rebecca Gibney in this story of partners on the run when they witness a murder involving dirty cops and are framed for the crime.

An Angel at My Table – Academy Award winning film-maker Jane Campion brings to the screen the true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished writer.

The Light Between Oceans - A happily married but childless couple on a remote island wrestle with a moral dilemma when they discover a lifeboat carrying an infant. Spot the Port Chalmers locations.

Sylvia – Gwyneth Paltrow stars as the renowned poet Sylvia Plath in this film, made in Dunedin.

Black Christmas -  made in Dunedin and the surrounding region in 2019, this remake of a cult horror classic sees a campus killer come face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood.

Scarfies - Released in the US as Crime 101, Robert Sarkies’ feature debut is black comedy with emphasis on the black. Five students at Dunedin’s Otago University find a seemingly abandoned house and decide it is the perfect flat.

X-men Origins – Wolverine - Hugh Jackman unleashes the claws of his mutant alter ego once again in this thrilling tale that explores Wolverine's dark genesis. Spot the Dunedin locations used during the 2008 filming.

City webcams - see #dunnerstunner views in real time. You can check out the Octagon, St Clair Beach, Waikoutaiti, the view from Otago House, the Botanic Garden and more.

Royal Albatross Cam – watch a fluffy Royal Albatross chick as it grows up, live on camera on Dunedin’s Otago Peninsula. That chick really knows it’s best to stay in the nest right now.