Dunedin has many parkland gardens with peaceful surroundings and fun playgrounds. Closest to the central city, you’ll find the Dunedin Botanic Garden, with its fairy-tale statues, fountains and aviary, and Woodhaugh Gardens which has a paddling pool, a babbling stream and a small network of bushwalks. Make sure to stop off at the legendary Willowbank Dairy or the croque-o-dile cafe for a compulsory ice-cream.
For adventures with the kids, explore some of the 30 beaches to be found around the coastline. Perhaps the pirate-like coves, tunnels and fascinating formations of Tunnel Beach or Warauwerawera/Long Beach with its caves white sands.
Drop in to to explore the award-winning the visitor centre and native forest alive with native birds and reptiles and the tallest tree in New Zealand.
Cycle, swim, climb, leap or putt
Head to the Otago Harbour-side shared paths for cycling, walking and running on a sparkly day, them remember that happiness is a warm swim and jump into the Moana Pool leisure complex, with its water slide, spa and rapid river.
Get like spiderman and check out Leap and Clip’n Climb for added excitement. With names like Dark Tower, Lightening Crack, Spaghette and Triffid, the climbing wall routes are sure to be plenty of fun, as are Leap’s trampolines and stunt bags.
For a change of pace, meander over the hill to Mosgiel’s Wal’s Plant and Fun Land mini golf challenge.
Build up your energy levels at one of our many delicious cafés, There is something for everyone's tastes.
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