My Dunedin Itinerary

Winter Events

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

Wild Dunedin Festival, 22 - 25 April

Dunedin is New Zealand’s wildlife capital so come join us for a myriad of activities and events celebrating nature and conservation during the inaugural Wild Dunedin festival..... take a walk on the wild side this April.

The festival will celebrate our wonderful wildlife, raise understanding of our plants and animals, profile Dunedin groups working to protect our nature and showcase of Dunedin’s wild heritage to NZ and the world. A wide variety of activities will be on offer including talks, open days, children’s programme, conservation events, guided walks, exhibitions and public participation at their attractions. Wild Dunedin plans to become a regular event on the Dunedin’s festival calendar and one of the South Island’s iconic celebrations.


Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival – 9-14 MayDunedin Writers and Readers Festival – 9-14 May

Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2017 will host array of writers and events from 9-14 May 2017. A UNESCO City of Literature, Dunedin’s festival will showcase an amazing line-up of writers, from New Zealand and further afield.


Midwinter Carnival and Lantern Parade – 24 June

Join a crowd of thousands at Dunedin’s annual Midwinter Carnival to celebrate the most magical night of winter. Behold the kaleidoscopic beauty of the lantern parade celebrating the winter’s longest night, with gorgeous giant lanterns, stunning performances and dazzling costumes - not to mention the fireworks, the wonderful food stalls, music and fire performance.


Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival – 15-21 July

The Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival celebrates the joining of winter and chocolate in Dunedin and showcases great events that appeal to people of all ages, with something for everyone to enjoy. The Carnival will host over 50 events from 15th - 21st July July 2017. The famous Cadbury Jaffa Race A kiwi favourite, Jaffas are balls of orange sugar-coated chocolate and have been made in New Zealand since 1931. Watch giant Cadbury Jaffas hurtle their way down Baldwin Street in Dunedin – the world’s steepest street.