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 and free activities valid 26 September – 11 October, unless otherwise stated.
Enjoy a family day out at Larnach Castle exploring the magical spring gardens and interiors. Kids go free at Larnach Castle during the spring school school holidays, with a paying adult.
From 3 October
Family deal (ongoing): Adults at kids’ prices – a flat rate of $10 per person and $25 multi-entry passes
Get up close to giant animatronic dinosaurs, skulls, skeletons and fossil casts at this exciting new international exhibition at the Otago Museum. Opening in the second week of the spring school holidays, there will be a whole host of extra activities in and around the museum for families to engage with, including communal art projects, planetarium shows, a dino disco and fossil finding.
School holiday deal: Special entry price of $10 per person or $30 per family for an all-day pass
Explore all things scaly to be found within Orokonui’s cloud forest, including reptiles, moths and plants using a treasure trail activity pack. Uncover hidden creatures and attend one of the daily kids’ workshops at 1pm.
Visit Dunedin's own artisan chocolate factory for a tasting like no other. Kids will be treated to free chocolate milks with any tasting during the school holidays. Tasting sessions: Friday, Saturday and Sunday (11am, 1pm and 2pm) at $10 per person.
School holiday deal: $56.00 Normally $74.00 2 x adults 2 x children - additional children $10.00
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.
4WD Argo wildlife tour - 2 adults and up to 4 kids for $199
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.
Daily private family 'bubble' cruises
School holiday deal: Up to 2 adults and 3 children $72 (one child is free).
See shipwrecks, birds, boats and learn about the history of the harbour on this exciting 25-minute cruise. Departs from Portobello or Port Chalmers.
Ferry to Portobello Marine Themed Playground
School holiday deal: Adults $12, Children $6 each way. Bikes -Road $5, Electric $10
Cross the harbour from Port Chalmers to Portobello to visit the marine themed playground while parents grab a coffee nearby or an ice cream for the kids.
Picnic at Quarantine Island
School holiday deal: Adults $12, Children $6 each way
BYO picnic and go on an adventure to Quarantine Island and explore the old buildings and shipwrecks.
Call to book 020 416 24250 or email email@example.com
School holiday deal: Buy one get one free with every booking and under-fives free.
Tour includes: Mt Cargill, Baldwin Street, Signal Hill lookout, Otago University, Dunedin Railway Station and a taste of the Otago Peninsula
Dunedin Public Art Gallery – free activity
26 Sept Sat – 11 Oct Sun
Map Making :Using the map of the Otago Peninsula provided on A4 sheets, imagine you are a bird looking down from the sky and draw in the places you know and like: the aquarium, the albatross colony, seals on beaches, penguins, portobello, the bike track and any other area you visit or would love to visit. In association with the exhibition A Land of Granite: McCahon and Otago.
Explore the eye-lands – free activity book: There are six exciting Eye-Lands to explore with Silky (the dog) in our free activity book (which comes with a free Art Gallery pencil). Adventure around the Style & Substance exhibition finding artworks, drawing pictures, make some money, create a cafe, and there is a lot of counting to do and more. Once you have completed the challenges of each Eye-Land go to reception and receive a reward.
Toitū Otago Settlers Museum- free activity
During the spring school holidays, the museum is celebrating te reo Māori. Explore museum artefacts, learn about important places in Otago and see traditional Māori designs. Daily from 10am - 4pm. There's also a kids trail booklet which challenges them to find items tucked away in the displays.
Valid from now until the 11th October 2020
Family accommodation deals: Stay in a 2-bedroom Unit for a night for $250 and receive a $50 Filadelfio’s Dine in Pizza voucher. (For up to 5 guests)
Stay in a 1-bedroom Unit for $225 per night and receive a $50 Filadelfio’s Dine in Pizza voucher. (for up to 4 guests)