My Dunedin Itinerary

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Events

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

The Shows Must Go On

2 October

Regent Theatre, The Octagon

Dust off those musical theatre cobwebs and return to your seats to indulge in the magic of the very best songs from stage and screen. The spectacular song list includes The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Hairspray, Dreamgirls, The Greatest Showman, We Will Rock You and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Showcasing an all-star cast of New Zealand voices from the international stage, this glittering concert of musical theatre showstoppers is not one to miss.

Dunedin Brick Show

3 October

Channel your inner Lego Master and explore the wondrous creations at the Dunedin Brick Show. A fun day for the whole family complete with tile making, Lego and Duplo play areas and science fun with Amadeo.

Benee - concert

3 October

Dunedin Town Hall

Auckland indie-pop phenomenon and rising global superstar BENEE will thrill her fans at this concert in the Dunedin Town Hall, site of past concerts by Lorde. BENEE, singer of Supalonely, Tough Guy and Soaked recently performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and has been on a meteoric rise to stardom.

Edwardian High Tea at Olveston Historic Home

4 October and 1 November

Make like you're an aristocrat and enjoy a sumptuous high tea in the grand surrounds of the Olveston Historic Home Great Hall. Sit back and admire the Edwardian antiques as you're plied with dainty sandwiches, savouries and cakes. A glimpse of the life once led by the wealthy original owners and philanthropists, the Theomin Family. High tea takes place on the first Sunday every month, bookings recommended.

Dinosaur rEvolution

From 26 September

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.

Theme me up Scotty! With Suzy Cato

7 October

Regent Theatre, The Octagon

Celebrating 60 years of television in New Zealand with a concert performance of popular TV theme tunes across the six decades. Performed by a 50-piece Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and compered by popular TV personality Suzy Cato, “Theme Me Up Scotty!” will be a fun night for all ages. Enjoy the classics like Hawaii Five-O, Dallas and M*A*S*H, through to the contemporary hits composed for Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey and Sherlock. Arranged by acclaimed Musical Director Tom Rainey ONZM and played by a fantastic orchestra, the experience will be something to truly savour. Hosted by much-loved TV personality Suzy Cato.

Ignition Children’s Book Festival

8-13 October

The Ignition Kids Festival returns for the Spring school holidays, with our Family Fun Day, workshops, presentations, meet the author events, art classes, movies and book clubs. Join inspiring young readers to love books; supporting authors who write for young readers; and igniting a lifelong passion for children’s literature.

The Highlights

Opens 14 October

Regent Theatre, The Octagon

In an exciting first, Musical Theatre Dunedin, Taieri Musical and DKCM have joined forces to proudly present The Highlights – Celebrating a Decade of Musicals. Collectively they are responsible for the thriving Dunedin musical theatre scene and, in a strictly limited season, - principal artists from the original Dunedin productions will return to the stage to reprise their performances in an epic concert performance supported by an ensemble of 60 local performers and full 16-piece orchestra!

Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival

30-31 October

Forsyth Barr Stadium

Sup new versions of your favourite beverage, nibble on exotic and traditional foody delights and dance the days away at this, the eighth Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival. 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. For the second year in a row, the festival will spread over two days, for long-lasting, hop-related revelry. 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.

Larnach Castle Halloween Party

31 October, Larnach Castle

Where better to spend All Hallows Eve than a castle that's rumoured to be haunted? Get dressed up and head to Larnach Castle for a Halloween party to remember complete with 'gruesome' cocktails, a live band and food served throughout the night. Enter....if you dare.

Halloween Spooktacular

31 October, Dunedin Town Hall

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra is putting on a themed Halloween family concert featuring popular spooky symphonic favourites and tunes from films such as The Addams Family and Ghostbusters. The concert will feature a performance by magician Johnathan Usher Kids are encouraged to dress up in their spookiest costumes.

Te Moana Glow Show

10 November

Regent Theatre, The Octagon

Illuminate kids’ hearts and minds with this magical giant-scale glow-in-the-dark puppet show! Go under the sea with a courageous Kina on her journey of discovery across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa. It’s a delightful story of our kai moana and the whakatauki ‘He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.’ This innovative, cutting edge concept features 40+ glow-in-the-dark puppets under UV lights in a black box theatre environment. 25,000+ children saw the extraordinary Matariki Glow Show in 2019. The all-new Te Moana Glow Show is a must-see for 2020!

The Sleeping Beauty – Royal NZ Ballet

14 & 15 November

Regent Theatre, The Octagon

The Sleeping Beauty is the quintessential classical ballet. The grandest of fairy tales, luxuriating in Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous orchestral score, it spills over with fairies, woodland sprites, handsome princes and, at its heart, an enchanting princess. This magical new production by Australian choreographer Danielle Rowe, has beautiful traditional costumes and sets.