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.
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.
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!
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!
Otago Museum and Discovery World
Ignite your interest and inspire your mind at Otago Museum! Explore outstanding collections and discover great stories from Otago, New Zealand and the world as you venture through a tempting variety of exhibitions. Get hands-on with science in Discovery World then enter the Tropical Forest to discover lush gardens, hundreds of live butterflies and other hot-weather-happy inhabitants including birds, turtles and geckos! Take some time out during your visit to enjoy something fresh and delicious from the Museum Café with a menu that caters for everyone in the family. Then take home a memento – you’ll find a great range of gift ideas from crafts and jewellery to children’s toys in the Museum Shop.
The World's Steepest Street
Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, is reputed to be the world's steepest street, with an average slope ratio of 1:5. It's steepest section has a gradient of 1:2.86 so for every 2.86 metres travelled horizontally, the elevation rises by one metre. The street is the venue for an annual event in Dunedin, the "Baldwin Street Gutbuster", every summer since 1988 (usually in February). This exercise in fitness and balance involves athletes running from the base of the street to the top and back down again. Since 2002, a further charity event has been held annually in July, which involves the rolling of over 30,000 Jaffas (spherical candy-coated chocolate sweets). Each jaffa is sponsored by one person, with prizes to the winner and funds raised going to charity.
Back to Nature
Our Back to Nature 'Dunedin Thoughts' tour offers the perfect opportunity for your family to experience the best of Otago Peninsula in a small group (max 9 people) with a friendly guide. The tour includes a visit to the famous Lanarch Castle, viewing of the Royal Albatross, viewing of the rare and endangered yellow-eyed penguins from our private hide, plus up close visits to NZ fur seals and sea-lions. Add-on options include a cruise aboard The Monarch and a close encounter viewing of the albatross. All the peninsula has to offer on one tour makes your family outing easy and rewarding!
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