Activities & attractions Dunedin
Welcome to Penguin Place, home of the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve. Every penguin here has a personality: each is banded with a metal ring around the right flipper and they all have names. Each is thus known to us, each is protected individually and each life story is recorded. In the colony, the penguins are offered nest boxes that provide them with shelter, shade and the privacy they require for successful breeding, while allowing them to come and go to and from the ocean, enjoying a natural habitat.
Taieri Gorge Railway
This is one of the world's spectacular, scenic rail trips! Departing daily from Dunedin's historic railway station, this half-day return trip takes you through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. Children love the ride and our friendly staff help to make the trip exciting. Plus one child travels free with each paying adult!
Chipmunks Playland Dunedin
Welcome to Chipmunks, the indoor children’s adventure playground and café. Chipmunks is the ultimate place for children up to 11 years to go for entertainment and educational purposes. Our playland primarily consists of specialised play equipment of an extremely high standard, with protective matting and padding. We also have mazes, inflatable slides, flying fox, play stations, ball pools and a separate area for under 3s.
Gone Potty - Ceramic Painting Studio
Let your creative talents shine in Gone Potty's fabulously fun studio environment! Here you can enjoy some time out with mum or dad, better still bring the whole family for an entertaining weekend activity, or get a bunch of your friends together for some school holiday fun! Gone Potty provide you with everything you need; simply choose from their beautiful range of ceramics, then grab a paintbrush and let your creative talent bring to life your one-of-a-kind creation. Imprinting little hands and feet has never been so easy, the team will help you pick a ceramic that will provide you with a cherished keepsake to last a lifetime. They also offer kids' birthday parties, and with a range of party packages available to suit your budget, this will definitely provide you with a unique and memorable option to help celebrate your child's special day!
Bowl Line Ten Pin Bowling
We provide 18 lanes of fun family entertainment for the young and the young at heart. All lanes have automatic bumpers for the young and those that are bowling challenged so no more gutter balls! We also provide lighter weight bowling balls to suit children, fully automated scoring, cafe and licensed bar and toilets on-site. Plenty of parking - open from 11.30am till late - an ideal outing the whole family can enjoy!
There's a new buzz in town and it's called Bumper Ball! Bump, roll and flip over whilst trying to score a goal against your opponents! Hilarious to play and to watch, Bumper Ball can be played by children as young as 7 (with adjustable padded harness inside the ball) through to adults.
We’re New Zealand’s original Bumper Ball provider and we’re available 7 days a week throughout the Southland, Dunedin and Queenstown region for any kind of event, birthday party or gathering.
Royal Albatross Colony
The Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, on the tip of the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand, is the only mainland breeding colony for any albatross species found in the southern hemisphere. The first Taiaroa-reared albatross chick flew in 1938 and this now protected nature reserve has grown into an established colony with a population of around 140 birds. Visitors to the Royal Albatross Centre can view the interpretative wildlife displays, learn of the historical use of the area and experience the famous Unique Taiaroa guided tours. Lots of interactive exhibits for the kids, toy box on-site, cafe, toilets, babychange facilities and family-friendly staff.
Orokonui Eco Sanctuary
Come and see some of NZ's rarest birds, reptiles and plants in the most protected forest in the South Island. Just 20 minutes north of Dunedin you can see kaka, takahe, tui, bellbirds, tomtit and much more! If you're lucky you may also see kiwi, saddleback and robin. A range of walking tracks through the native forest suit all abilities. Daily guided tours and self-guided walking available.
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