My Dunedin Itinerary


Dunedin is host to a crazy mix of exciting events this Spring.

James Cameron – Challenging the Deep

Until 9 February 2020

Historically, Dunedin has been the jumping off point for some great voyages of exploration, so it’s no surprise the city’s Otago Museum has secured exclusive New Zealand rights to host the blockbuster exhibition James Cameron – Challenging the Deep. Developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney in collaboration with the Avatar Alliance Foundation, the exhibition takes visitors to the depths of our oceans through the lens of Cameron’s underwater cameras. His other incredible technological innovations have made it possible to explore some of the most mysterious parts of our planet.

Cameron has documented the shipwrecks of RMS Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck, explored deep ocean phenomena, such as black smoker hydrothermal vents, and discovered new species from the lowest point on earth. Challenging the Deep allows James Cameron to bring people with him on some of his journeys of discovery.

In Motion: The Moving Parts of Contemporary Art

Until 28 September

This exhibition explores ideas of movement, motion and interactivity through artworks by Sara Hughes, Tiffany Singh, Rebecca Baumann, and Haines + Hinterding. This family-friendly, hands on exhibition invites audiences to explore kinetic sculpture, including two recent acquisitions of works by Rebecca Baumann that use movement and automation as a means of experiencing colour, light and space. Geology (2015), by Haines + Hinterding, invites viewers to use their body and actions to explore a three-dimensional digital world, while Tiffany Singh’s Make A House A Home Project (2019) uses art to activate a community exchange, forging connections between individuals throughout our city. Finally, Sara Hughes’ All My Favourite Shapes (2019) invites gallery visitors to make decisions about composition, form and colour using a series of colourful magnets on the gallery wall.

Town and Gown Heritage Festival

28-29 September

This biennial festival celebrates Dunedin as New Zealand’s heritage city. This year there’s a scholarly twist, as the festival has partnered with the University of Otago to help celebrate its 150th anniversary. There will be heritage walks around the University campus, acknowledged as one of the worlds most beautiful. Talks from authors, scholars and heritage textile experts will take place in campus lecture theatres. Tour Larnach Castle and then dine there entertained by a dinner speaker. Register for events and read more here.

Chinese Moon Festival

15 September

Lan Yuan, Dunedin Chinese Garden hosts this special occasion with cultural activities, performances and tasty moon cakes. Enjoy this family-friendly, southern hemisphere take on an ancient Chinese celebration which originally marked the end of the autumn harvest. The Garden is totally authentic, having been designed and constructed in the traditional yuanlin style by a team of artisan craftsmen from Shanghai.

Glenfalloch Night Garden

19-21 September

Spend an enchanted evening exploring the illuminated wonders of the Glenfalloch Night Garden. Spring blossoms and sparkle combine for a magical experience.

Fleetwood Mac

21 September

Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band Fleetwood Mac makes a welcome return to Dunedin on September 21. The Tour will feature the new line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. Find out more about transport, parking, city events and other key information.

Port Chalmers Seafood Festival

28 September

The Port Chalmers Seafood festival is a dream come true for those that crave crustaceans and bounty from the deep. The historic harbour-side hamlet plays host to a day of feasting and entertainment, where among the stalls you’ll find delicacies such as little neck clams, green-lipped mussels and fresh cod paired with craft beer and fine Otago wines.

Celtic Noir Festival

12-13 October

Dunedin will be the scene of the crime this October as we welcome some of Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand's finest authors for the inaugural Celtic Noir crime writing festival.

Vogel Street Party

12 October

The popular Vogel Street Party is back this year and planning to be bigger and better than ever. Focusing on the theme ‘Dunedin Icons’, this family-friendly street party held in the revamped Warehouse Precinct now attracts over 15,000 people each year.  Head along to experience art installations, live bands, roaming entertainment, pop-up food stalls, building tours and much more; all with a distinctly Dunedin vibe.

Mr Red Light

15 October

From the team behind the award-winning Te Pō, Spirit House and 360, the play Mr Red Light combines the hapless humour of Dog Day Afternoon with the quirky life-affirming charm of Amelie. Joyfully inventive, absurdly funny and full of surprises, it will remind you just how mysterious and wonderful life can be.

The Great Kiwi Home and Living Show

2-3 November

Two days bursting with home and living inspiration and ideas from architecture and design to kitchen and bathroom, interior designs and home entertainment.

Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival

8-9 November

Something of an institution, the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival is a hugely popular event which sells out in mere minutes.  Held at the covered Forsyth Barr Stadium, the festival brings together the best local and national brews and food, kiwi music and a whole lot of fun to create the best day out of the year. Numerous off-shoot events pop up around Dunedin in the days leading up to event creating a citywide festival vibe. Due to popular demand, the festival this year will spread over two days, for more hop-related revelry than ever before. To help recover from the fest, we've put together the ultimate #dunnerstunner detox itinerary of things to do, see and eat in the aftermath.