My Dunedin Itinerary

Whānau Fun

Ōtepoti Dunedin’s spring time, family-friendly events will take you to some fascinating nooks and crannies of the city.

Chinese Moon Festival

15 September

Experience the exotic in the totally authentic Lan Yuan Dunedin Chinese Garden, with tasty moon cakes, cultural entertainment and activities.

Glenfalloch Night Garden

19-21 September

Wander among the illuminated wonders of this fantastical exhibition.

Port Chalmers Seafood Festival

28 September

If your family loves entertainment and sea food, jump on a bus, train or boat and have a day to remember.

in motion

Until 29 September

Movement, motion and interactivity are explored at this Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition.

Rainbow Run

29 September

Become a family-sized work of art by joining in the Rainbow Run, where you can walk or run to be pelted at powder colour stations.

Vogel Street Party

12 October

Head to the city’s heritage precinct transformed into a pedestrian-only, family-friendly space for the Vogel Street Party, which has a ‘Dunedin icons’ theme this year, and features a true performance icon, The Chills.

James Cameron – Challenging the Deep

Your whole family will be inspired by the school holiday activities fostered by this immersive media exhibition at Otago Museum. You’ll be taken on a journey with acclaimed explorer and filmmaker James Cameron, from the deepest parts of the ocean to some of his Oscar-winning feature films.

During the school holidays enjoy:

  • The Craft, Colour And Quiz Of The Sea Makerspace, 7-11 October – a self-guided, family-friendly activity where you can test your knowledge with the Titanic Multi Choice Quiz, zone out with some Deep Sea inspired colouring, or get crafty and create a Pop Up Puppet. Atrium Level 1 .Free.
  • Ocean Explorers Gallery Trail, 28 September – 13 October ‑ Ahoy there! Take the plunge and explore deep into our galleries. Otago Museum gallery trails are a perfect day out during long school holidays. Take your favourite small person on a treasure hunt through the Museum and follow the clues to collect your prize! Collect your free trail guide from the information desk.

Kids Go Free at Larnach Castle

28 September to 13 October

This offer lets the kids roam Larnach Castle, its sculpted grounds, historic stables and outbuildings. You can also join the Castle’s the Spring Fling family day with an all-day BBQ, a bouncy castle, face-painting and the Ballroom Café will be selling delicious Castle made food.

Dunedin Botanic Garden & Woodhaugh Gardens

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.

Beaches to spare

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.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

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 and leap

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.

Café fun

Build up your energy levels at one of our many delicious cafés, or, for a change of pace, meander over the hill to Mosgiel’s Wal’s Plant and Fun Land mini golf.

Get more ideas here: Dunedin family fun itinerary