Things to DO
WHEN YOU’RE NOT ON A MONARCH TOUR!
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We know that wildlife is the jewel in Dunedin’s crown, but there’s plenty of other things to do when you’re not with us watching albatross soar or photographing penguins. We’ve listed a few of the many options that might enhance your Dunedin experience.
Contact us if you have more questions - we really love it here!
Toitu Settlers Museum
A fantastic free-entry museum with displays featuring stories of Dunedin, it’s history, culture and people. A nice way to spend some free time. Also has a great cafe inside, delicious coffee!
Taieri Gorge Railway
One of the best train experiences in New Zealand. A historic railway line cut through rugged terrain, built during the early gold rush years. Full commentary during the trip.
Dunedin is one of the few places in the world where you catch a glimpse of the Southern Lights. You’ll want to be away from any city lights with a clear view to the south.
Award-winning fenced, predator-free zone. Beautiful self-guided forest walks filled with stunning native plants, birds and reptiles.
Takahe & Kaka feeding times each day.
SURFING IN DUNEDIN
Up and down the Otago coastline you’ll find hundreds of beautiful beaches and surf breaks. If you chat to a local surfer they’ll probably tell you they live in a cold-water paradise!
With one of the largest collections in the country this is a great place to spend a few hours. Inside you’ll also find a Butterfly Experience, a world class Planetarium & interactive Science Centre.
Everyone knows that Kiwi’s love their rugby. Check online to see if any games are being played during your time in Dunedin. The atmosphere is always electric!
DUNEDIN STREET ART
Wander the streets of the city and you’ll find plenty of large scale artworks adorning the sides of buildings. Some incredible pieces from a host of local and international artists.
Looking for adventure & excercise? Why not join a mountain bike expedition; with all the gear supplied! Some incredible options available for all levels of competence.
TRACKS & WALKS
20 minutes walk down the track, 40 mins up on your way back! Incredible natural arch and sandstone pedestals. Even a secret tunnel down to a sandy beach.
The Organ Pipes Track
Two options for this track a short 10-15min walk or a longer 1-2 hour trek up the hill from Bethunes Gully. Stunning views await with magical geological rock formations.
Lovers Leap & CLIFFS
Breathtaking loop track with incredible views around Sandymount and above Allans Beach on Otago Peninsula. Well worth the short drive from the city!
FOOD & DRINK
Speights Brewery Tours
Enjoy a guided look through a brewery that’s been operating for 140 years. You’ll be thirsty enough to enjoy a pint or two after learning about the ins and outs of beer making!
Dunedin has a thriving food truck scene where you’ll find all sorts of delicious options. From gourmet icecreams to dumplings, there truly is something for everyone!
Otago Farmers Market
Held every Saturday morning down at the Railway Station. Great atmosphere and a huge variety of stalls. Wander on down, rub shoulders with the locals and grab a yummy bite to eat.
For lovers of craft beers make sure you don’t miss a visit to Emersons! One of the original craft brewers in NZ, you’ll be sure to find the perfect drop to accompany your meal.
BAY ROAD PEANUT BUTTER
If you love your peanut butter you should pick up a jar of Bay Road. Roasted right here in Dunedin you’ll find them in their roastery/cafe or at the Saturday Farmers Market.
St Clair Beach
With several different cafes and restaurants featured along the small length of road known as ‘The Esplanade’ even the most discerning foodie while find a coastal delight.
NEW NEW NEW TAPROOM
The ‘newest’ brewery in Dunedin with exciting, vibrant new styles of craft beer being developed on a weekly basis. Open on Friday evenings, with a different foodtruck outside each week!
OCHO CHOCOLATE FACTORY
After the closure of the Cadbury factory the people of Dunedin crowdfunded a new enterprise and the Ocho was born! Factory tours, tastings and retail shop now open.
The heart beat of the city! In the centre of Dunedin you’ll find a bustling area full of cafes, restaurants, movie theatres and art galleries. Possibly too many choices - decisions, decisions!
FOR THE KIDS
One of the biggest playgrounds in the country. Children and adults can play together on the many different inflatable environments. Sessions are two hours long.
Ten Pin Bowling
Located over the hill in Kaikorai Valley. A night of bowling is fun for the whole family or a group of friends. Bowl the ball down the lane, knock over the pins, STRIKE!
Imagine a huge room full of trampolines and padded objects… this is basically Leap! Participants can play dodgeball, bouncy basketball or just go nuts!