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.
Peninsula Wildlife Tours
The Otago Peninsula is one of the most precious wildlife habitats in New Zealand and an absolute must-visit during your stay in Dunedin. Jump into our eight-wheeled Argo vehicle (this is such a fun experience in itself!) that can get you to our secret beach hides from where you can see the very special yellow-eyed penguins, and spot the cute little blue penguins in their nest. We'll also take you up close to a breeding colony of New Zealand fur seals, and look out for cool Cormorants - this 3 hour trip is jam-packed and a delight for the whole family. Read on for all our tour options.
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!
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.
The Dunedin Chinese Garden
A perfect miniature of a traditional Chinese landscape painting, it's origins come from a desire to celebrate the city’s Chinese heritage and its valuable sister city relationship with Shanghai. The Garden changes with the seasons and vistas and hidden corners appear unexpectedly so you see something different every time you visit. Bring a picnic, try some puzzles and games or simply wander and soak up the tranquility of the only authentic Chinese Scholar’s Garden in the Southern Hemisphere.
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.
Dunedin Botanic Garden
The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand's first botanic garden and holds the status of Garden of International Significance. It has hill views from sunny lawns, more than 6,800 plant species and the song of wild native bellbirds, wood pigeons and tui. We have a variety of self-contained and downloadable education kits available for Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) lessons at the Garden. An information centre, tea kiosk and playground, which are located in the Lower Gardens, are open daily from 10am-4pm.
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