Dunedin, Family Activities

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  • Ages 3+

    Megazone Entertainment Centre Dunedin

    Megazone is an entertainment center for children and adults that combines technology, fun, agility and skill. We offer a variety of experiences from laser tag, arcade games, a glow... read more

  • Ultimate Dunedin & Otago Peninsula Day Tour

    Enjoy a day exploring Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city boasting a fascinating history, and the surrounding rugged and stunning Otago Peninsula ~ home to a multitude of rare wildlife such as the Yellow-Eyed Penguin.

    Trip Includes:

    • Return transfers from central Dunedin accommodation or Port Chalmers 
    • View Dunedin's impressive historical architecture 
    • See the world's steepest street, Baldwin St & the Historic Dunedin Railway Station
    • Stop at Larnach Castle gardens, Portobello & Tidal Inlets
    • Explore a Yellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve & Taiaroa Head, home to the Northern Royal Albatross
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  • Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

    Dr David Bellamy (the internationally acclaimed environmentalist) once described the Otago Peninsula as ‘the finest example of eco tourism in the world!’, so you know you’re in for a treat when you tour this magnificent area with Monarch Wildlife Cruises!

    Tour 1 - Wildlife Cruise from Wellers Rock Wharf (1 hour cruise)
    Departing from Wellers Wharf (only 45 minutes from Dunedin) this one hour cruise will open you up to a world of wonder.

    Tour 2 - Peninsula Cruise (half day tour)
    You will be amazed at the beauty as you cruise along the entire length of the amazing Otago Harbour.

    Tour 3 - Otago Peninusla Package (full day)
    This full-day tour is the premier package for those who want to see it all.

    Child price for 5-16 year olds, under 5s go FREE.

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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

  • Dunedin Bays & Beaches

    Established as a result of volcanic activity, Dunedin is the oldest city in New Zealand filled with exemplary historical architecture. There is so much to see of the surrounding rugged coastline laden with picturesque scenery and remarkable wildlife. Lined with beautiful white sand and crisp waters, the many beaches should be on your list as a 'must do' when you are visiting Dunedin. Join this half day tour to experience the best of the peninsula hotspots loaded with striking views starring the bays and beaches. 

    Tour includes:

    • Return transfers from central Dunedin accommodation or Port Chalmers 
    • View Dunedin from Signal Hill Lookout
    • See the world's steepest street, Baldwin St & the Historic Dunedin Railway Station
    • Explore the Otago Peninsula including Portobello
    • Stop at a wildlife reserve to see the world's rarest sea-lion 
    • Enjoy a visit to one of Otago Peninsula's stunning beaches

     

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  • 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

  • Ages 3+

    Megazone - Mini Golf

    Challenge yourself and your friends at our 12-hole jungle-themed mini-golf course.  The family will love the amazing art, challenging holes, water feature, glow in the dark areas a... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Lanarch Castle

    Discover NZ’s only Castle, you will enjoy stepping back in time to view this beautifully restored castle complete with a showcase and collection of original NZ period furniture and antiques.  Enjoy a visit to the castle, garden and grounds or a visit to the gardens and grounds only.  High Tea is also now served daily in the Ballroom at 3pm (reservations essential). Family pass available.

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  • The Castle Cruiser

    "The Castle Cruiser" is Dunedin's premier transport and guided tour to New Zealand's only Castle, Larnach Castle.
    Our vehicle - "The Eliza Jane" (named after Larnach's beloved first wife)- is a 13 seater luxury bus. Air-conditioned "she" has leather reclining seats, DVD player, stereo, individual headphones, drinks fridge, as well as facilities to provide full driver commentary.

    Our tour is 4 hours duration, the longest of the daily tours to the Castle meaning we spend both the longest time at the Castle as well as exploring Dunedin city with our comprehensive city sights tour.
    Family packages available, or you can combine with bike hire or a glow worm tour.

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  • 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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  • Olveston Historic Home

    Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home between 1906 to 1966. Olveston is open 364 days of the year, 9am - 5pm.  Open to only six 1 hour public guided tours daily at the times of 9.30 am, 10.45 am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm. Entry to the gardens and gift shop are free. 

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  • Glenfalloch Gardens

    Situated in peaceful, relaxing surroundings you can enjoy panoramic harbour views. Stroll among the gorgeous flowers which integrate with native ferns, exotic imports and indigenous NZ trees thato showcase 120 years of conservation and expansion of our botanical heritage. A great place to visit with the family and there is a restaurant onsite open for lunch Thursday-Sunday from 11am-3.30pm.

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    • Phone: 03 476 1006
    • Location: 430 Portobello Road Macandrew Bay, Dunedin
  • Otago Farmers Market

    The Otago Farmers Market operates every Saturday morning 8am -12.30pm year round and thousands of people flock to the Dunedin Railway, where you will find the very best fresh fruit and produce that Otago has to offer. Every week over 65 different vendors come together from all over the region to create one of the busiest Farmers Markets in NZ.

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    • Phone: 03 471 6178
    • Location: Dunedin Railway Station (off Anzac Ave)
  • Ages 8+

    Wild Earth Adventures

    Wild Earth Adventures provides fun, safe positive experiences in the great outdoors. We specialise in sea kayaking, canoeing, rafting, kayaking and bush craft. Our curriculum based school activity programmes make it easy for teachers to get students out on exciting and educational rafting, orienteering, kayaking, abseiling or bushcraft activities.

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  • Moana Pool

    Moana Pool has a range of swimming areas, a multitude of fitness facilities, lots of training courses and heaps of entertainment for children. Includes a Leisure Pool with waves, rapid river, interactive massaging water features and toddlers play area plus water slides and a separate spa pool.

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    • Phone: 03 471 9780
    • Location: 60 Littlebourne Rd, Dunedin
  • Hair Raiser Tours

    Join your experienced local guide on a spine tingling look at the beautiful city of Dunedin.  It will take extreme bravery, courage and skill. With a range of tours to select from - The Crime Walk, Dunedin Cemetery Tour, Ghost Walk Tour and more... their Hair Raiser Harry Tour is well suited to entertain kids and is popular option for birthday parties!

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    • Phone: 0800 428 683
    • Location: Ghost HQ, 110 Moray Place, Dunedin
  • 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.

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    • Phone: 03 477 3248
    • Location: Corner of Rattray and Cumberland Streets, Dunedin
  • Dunedin Ice Stadium

    Get your skates on and come on down to Dunedin Ice Stadium, the perfect venue to bring your friends and family for lots of fun and entertainment. There are general skate sessions, Friday night disco's, Kiwi Skate programmes for children aged 3-18 years and birthday party options for 6 or more children that includes a private party room and many extra party options.  Admission includes skate hire and there are also concession cards and family passes available.

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    • Phone: 03 456 4556
    • Location: 101 Victoria Road, St. Kilda, Dunedin
  • 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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    • Location: North Dunedin
  • NZ Sports Hall of Fame

    New Zealand's greatest sports performers, their most memorable moments, the trophies and the tools of their trades - all come dramatically alive when you visit the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.

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    • Phone: 03 477 7775
    • Location: Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedi
  • Dunedin Public Art Gallery

    The Gallery provides 100+ wide-ranging and successful education programmes during both term time (for visiting school groups) and school holidays (for children and family groups).

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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.