Who needs theme parks when Ōtepoti Dunedin has so many amazing activities and attractions for families to explore? A place that truly captures the imagination of young minds, Dunedin is where gothic architecture meets beach-laden coastlines, with wild things, hands-on science fun, a castle, and the world’s steepest street. Read on for school holiday specials, or check out the deals on My Little Local app's 'Explore Dunedin' button.
Explore the magical rooms, turrets and gardens of Larnach Castle these holidays. Kids go free at Larnach Castle during the July school holidays 4 -19 July, with a paying adult.
Step back in time and find out how wealthy Edwardian families lived in Dunedin, explore the exotic treasures from four corners of the world and continue the Edwardian theme with children’s dress ups and games in the garden.
Family Deal: $56.00 Normally $74.00 2 x adults 2 x children - additional children $10.00.
The NZ International Science Festival offers a science extravaganza with a range of exciting shows, workshops and talks this school holidays.
Curious about Otago Museum’s planetarium? This school holidays, your ticket to Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre will also include free admission to a planetarium show, so you can check it out!
Explore the wonders of outer space with one of our Science Communicators. Get a glimpse of the stars and constellations that we can see in the Dunedin night sky, journey to other planets, and get a close up look at some breathtaking deep space objects.
Seat numbers are limited, so please get your tickets at the Shop before you come into the planetarium
4.30pm daily at the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, Otago Museum
Included with your Tūhura admission
Tickets from $10
This school holidays there are 30 free events for children at Otago Museum. There are the Makerspace crafting tables open all day with some wonderful Matariki-based art projects. There are science demonstrations that whizz, bang, and fizz; storytellers; gallery trails; star-gazing, and lots more. Come down and find something to keep little hands busy!
Double decker bus city tour
Departing from the Dunedin i-SITE at 10am or 2pm
Explore the sights of Dunedin in a big red double decker bus.
This family-friendly city tour takes in George St, Otago Museum, Baldwin Street, Dunedin Botanic Gardens, the University of Otago and the Dunedin Railway Station, with photo stops along the way.
Adult $10, Child $5 (under 2 years no charge)
$25 Family (2 Adult + 2 Children). $5 per extra child
Join Elm for a fun filled afternoon during the school holidays and receive a massive 50% discount off our standard Peninsula Encounters Tour.See some of the Otago Peninsula's secret spots and highlights, meet albatross, baby fur seals, yellow eyed penguins, sea lions and even the occasional whale or dolphin on this special small group tour. Not suitable for people with mobility issues or strollers and prams.
To redeem the offer, visit www.elmwildlifetours.co.nz/our-tours/peninsula-encounters and enter the promo code holiday50 to receive the discount.
4WD Argo wildlife tour - 2 adults and up to 4 kids for $99
A wildlife tour with an adventurous difference. Explore the stunning surrounds of the Natures Wonders farm by 4WD Argo, a thrilling experience for the whole family that takes you to a remote spot with exceptional wildlife viewing.
Family wildlife cruise for 2 adults and up to 4 kids for $99
Hop on board a wildlife cruise from Wellers Rock on the Otago Peninsula for a 1 hour up-close encounter with marine life and seabirds resident around the Dunedin coastline.
30min express tours to see albatross chicks
How heavy can a chick actually be? What’s their favourite food? And how big will their wings grow?
Discover huge royal albatross chicks at the world’s only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony. Express tours at expressly special prices including educational displays, fun activities for children, Cafe. Great place to visit for school holidays!
Cost: $15 adults, $3 children - bookings essential as limited spaces available.
Ever seen the world’s smallest penguin? Discover cute little blue penguins in their natural habitat – scurrying up to their cliff-face burrows at Pilots Beach at Blue Penguins Pukekura. Only 1 tour available each night so bookings are essential. Kids go free with a paying adult. Adults: $35
Have you visited Dunedin’s secret fort? Did you know we have a secret military base hidden under the albatross? For over 140 years a disappearing gun has been standing watch over Otago Harbour. Come along and explore – Mate’s Rates deals $30 Adult, $15 child on our 65 minute Unique Tour including both giant albatross chicks and the secret fort!
5 and 8 July, 10am – 2pm
Discover naughty gnomes hiding in their “New” homes in the beautiful Woodland Garden, write down their secret names and return it to receive your sweet treat. $3 per child $10 for 4 children
Sunday 5, 12 and 19 July, 11am - 4pm
Ever wanted to time travel? Wave your magic gold coin and step back into a time where there wasn’t any electricity or labour-saving devices. Have you visited NZ’s only fully restored Edwardian villa? Come see how your great-grandparents lived. Built in 1909, the start of the Fletcher Empire, fully furnished in period style. Entry by gold coin donation during the July school holidays
12 July, 9:50am or 11:35am
Visit the touch tanks at Marine Studies Centre, Portobello and get there by Port to Port ferry. See and touch all sorts of fascinating coastal marine life and learn all about them. Adults $36, children $20, infants $17
4-19 July, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Take a Port to Port harbour cruise from Port Chalmers to the Blue Penguin Pukekura and watch little blue penguins waddle in from the sea after a day’s fishing. You'll return in the darkness and magic of the stars and harbour lights. Adults $65, children $27
Stay in your bubble and cruise the Otago Harbour. You'll see birds, shipwrecks, boats and much more.Have the Port to Port boat to yourself for 25 minutes for up to 2 adults and 3 children for $72. (Add more people at extra charge.) Adults $24, children $12