My Dunedin Itinerary

Featured Events

Be part of something special when you visit, Dunedin’s event-rich calendar features many wonderful activities during the winter months.

In Motion: The Moving Parts of Contemporary Art

18 May – 29 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.

University of Otago 150th - Queens Birthday Weekend

31 May - 3 June

150 years of daring to be wise. 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the University of Otago and to celebrate this auspicious occasion there is a full programme of events throughout the year. During Queens Birthday Weekend the city will come to life with celebrations including street processions, concerts, tours and fireworks.

Dine Dunedin

21 June - 7 July

Ōtepoti cuisine and drink take centre stage during the inaugural Dine Dunedin from Friday 21 June until Sunday 7 July 2019. Over 16 days Dunedin chefs, producers and restaurants will celebrate their culinary culture with a series of special dinners, tastings and dining deals.

Local and critically acclaimed favourites; Emerson’s Brewery, Moiety, Glenfalloch, Vault 21, Prohibition Smokehouse and New New New Corporation are creating special events, as will students from the Otago Polytechnic School of Culinary Arts. Dunedin food producers Ocho Chocolate and Harraways are also creating exclusive tastings, with Ocho developing a special craft chocolate, wine and whisky tasting class and Harraways organising an Oat Breakfast.

Mid Winter Carnival

22 June

Illuminating the night with a little magic, on 22 June the Dunedin Mid-Winter Carnival celebrates the season with a stunning lantern parade around the inner city. A hugely popular event, the carnival features a variety of themed characters and creatures, entertainers, stilt walkers and other dazzling displays with fireworks as the grand finale. This year's theme is the Never Ending Night - an exploration of the beautiful wildlife, mysterious creatures and colourful characters of the world's southernmost continent, Antarctica.

Puaka Matariki Festival

25 June - 9 July

Puaka Matariki is a celebration of the Māori New Year, through a diverse citywide programme of community events with a focus on sharing stories, passing on knowledge and learning, remembering the dear departed, and planning for the year ahead. Events include Toi Māori, visual art, literary works, music and dance performance events.

Larnach Castle Winter Ball

19 July at 8:00 p.m.

Soak up the historic atmosphere of Larnach Castle and the stunningly restored ballroom with everyone in Victorian period evening attire dancing the night away.