Dunedin, Family Activities

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  • 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 purpo... read more

  • 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 mor... read more

  • The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery

    The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery is a small private Museum and gallery based in the home of artist, Bruce Mahalski.Spread over three rooms of an old central city villa, the mu... read more

  • 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 spect... read more

  • Ages 7+

    Bumper Ball

    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... read more

  • 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 ent... read more

  • Penguin Place

    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 ... read more

  • Kiwi Guardian Outdoor Adventures

    Get the kids outside to have some FREE family fun connecting with nature at Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites nationwide.

    Toyota Kiwi Guardians highlights family-friendly, treasure hunt style activities at specific Department of Conservation sites that encourage kids to engage with the outdoors and, ultimately, earn themselves a medal for their efforts.

    The goal of the conservation programme is to turn Kiwi kids into guardians of the land and sea.

    A total of 50 sites are operational nationwide. Families can get started on their adventure by downloading the appropriate “treasure hunt” map from: www.kiwiguardians.co.nz

    Click on the area of New Zealand nearest to where you are to find the choices available closest to home.

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  • Leap Indoor Trampoline Park

    LEAP Dunedin is jam packed full of fun!  With over 54 trampolines – some up to 9 metres long, some acting as walls for you to bounce off and all built together so you can leap from one to the other with ease. There are birthday party options, complete with a private party room; a free leaping area; a run and jump area into an airbag; dodgeball run during every general session, including a separate dogeball court; plus inflatables providing a big slide for for under 5's and an inflatable obstacle course for adults and kids 5 years and over; they also offer for little leapers (ages 4 and under), 2 hour sessions to bounce in the big arena every Tuesday and Friday without big kids around during the school term! Come and check us out and get bouncing today!

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  • 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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  • Otago Cycle Hire

    The long-established Otago Cycle Hire has the cheapest cycle hire in Dunedin.
    We are able to drop clients to various locations around Dunedin with our shuttle service and pick-up and drop offs of bikes within the central Dunedin City are included in our prices.
    Dunedin City, Otago Peninsula and the Otago Rail Trail - bike hire in these areas is our speciality.

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  • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

    See the world's smallest penguins in their natural environment.
    Our Blue Penguins nest close to town under the cliff along the historic harbour foreshore.

    Our day tours take you behind the scenes, into the penguins breeding area, where you may see the penguins up close in their nesting burrows. Our day time viewing facility, the 'blue wing', makes this eaiser as you look down into the top of 10 nesting boxes through viewing tunnels. Our penguin numbers vary from day to day, so just ask one of our friendly staff how many they can guarantee you will see.
    Evening viewing is when you will get to see the penguins arrive home from their days fishing, in groups that we call 'rafts'; they will walk up the stony ramp in front of you and cross into the breeding colony back to their nesting burrows.
    We have tours running from 10am to late, so stop by and visit Oamaru's most unique residents.

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  • Gisborne
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  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
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  • Taupo
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  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
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  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.