Down with love? Eight ’only in Dunedin’ Valentine’s Day experiences
Looking for something a little different to woo your other half this Valentine’s Day, or celebrate your smugly single status? Dunedin might just have what you’re after, with experiences that range from the somewhat startling to downright sophisticated.
To my ‘deer’ heart
Kicking things off at the more unusual end of the spectrum and for the first time in New Zealand, is the Anatomy Nights Valentine’s-themed event at the University of Otago Department of Anatomy. A good heart these days is hard to find, but you and your other half can gaze lovingly at each other, along with 150 others, and then observe a deer heart dissection. Not only will you learn something new together, but do good too, as all ticket proceeds go towards the Otago Heart Foundation. Bookings essential.
I love the very bones of you
If your idea of a romantic getaway skews towards more unique accommodation, then a night at the Museum of Natural Mystery should be on your Valentine’s wish list. These quirky yet comfortable digs are literally part of the museum, which specialises in ethnological art, unusual cultural items, biological curiosities, and yes, a collection of animal skulls and bones.
Locked up in love
Nothing brings you closer together like close confinement and handcuffs. Spend an hour or so locked up with your loved one in the old Dunedin Gaol as part of the Escape Dunedin Redemption Game. Warning: solving puzzles to escape may put your relationship to the test!
Museum of Broken Relationships
Whether in a partnership or not, the Museum of Broken Relationships at the Otago Museum is a poignant and often amusing international exhibition, which documents the story of love gone wrong through symbolic mementos. Later in the evening you can rebel against the typical schmaltz and join the UnValentine’s Day event with DJ, tattoos, tarot, sketching, music and more or go full tilt romantic with wine and canapes in the planetarium’s ‘Valentines Under the Stars’.
Looking to impress? Book an intimate dinner in the private dining vaults at the Distinction Dunedin Hotel. The luxuriously decorated vaults, offer the ultimate personalised experience complete with individually controlled temperature and music.
Soak up the serenity
Spend quality time as a couple and try the Forest Bathing at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, a mindful and immersive experience in nature. A guided execise in slowing down and quietening your mind while using all of your senses to enjoy the cloud forest environment at Orokonui. What could be more romantic?
Star-crossed lovers and lovers of stars
Snuggle up together under the renowned dark skies of the Otago Peninsula and watch the celestial bodies unfold before you. Horizon Tours Southern Skies Stargazing tour is a truly mesmerizing experience combining Māori tales and waiata about the stars, super comfy chairs, warm blankets and refreshments. Sit back, relax and be enchanted.
Red, red wine
Go classy and book a tour and tasting at Urbn Vino city winery, where hand-made Pinot Noir is the specialty. Sample a drop direct from the barrels and observe the wine-making process at close range before retiring to the tasting room for a wine and snack pairing in conjunction with Moiety restaurant. Date night sorted.