My Dunedin Itinerary

City adventures

Dunedin is a treasure trove of family fun! From the big stars to the hidden gems, a day in Dunedin will be an absolute adventure for your family, no matter what budget you are on.

The Otago Museum is a family activity haven! Check out the Victorian animal attic, Polar bears, monkeys and lots more. The Tropical Forest is a magical must-see! Enter a lush, living, tropical environment and come face to face with some of nature’s most beautiful butterflies. Hundreds of these enchanting creatures roam free all around you – some even stopping (on you) to say hello!

Or how about the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. Experience what it was like to spend 6 months on a leaky boat! Dress up like a victorian peasant, ride a penny-farthing, check out the trams and hop on board a trolley-bus.

Baldwin Street. Try counting the steps of the world’s steepest street. Or run a couple laps with local Dave Kernahan, who runs up and down the street 30, yes 30 times a day!

Feed the ducks (and ducklings in the Spring) at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. Free duck food is supplied at the Botanic Gardens Information Centre.  Take a wander through the tracks on your way up to the bird aviaries, see a variety of native and introduced species of birds.  Get a photo with Peter Pan, and have a play at the playground.

Dinosaur Park at St Kilda Beach. Take the kids out for an airing at the Dinosaur Park at St Kilda, and bring their bikes and scooters! Sometimes the Otago Model Engineering Society next door has an open day which makes it even more exciting. The Ocean Beach Railway operates from here on some weekends too, a great wee trip on a vintage train for the family.

Make sure you take a Hair Raiser Ghost Tour, your local guide will take you on a journey through the snickleways of haunted Victorian Dunedin.