Dunedin and Surrounding Areas: Things to do
The Octagon and Lower Stuart Street boast a variety of restaurants and cafes, many of which become late venues - popular if you’re in the mood for a night out. Walking away from the Octagon down George street, past the Meridian mall there are numerous eateries with a wide variety of cuisines to satisfy your hunger.
This is the host venue for the conference dinner on Thursday night, 21 March 2019. Pre-dinner, enjoy the opportunity to stroll through the museum before arriving at the iconic foyer area where the dinner will commence. The Museum is a fascinating insight into early life Dunedin, as well as history itself.
A must-do for any visitor to Dunedin. Museum opening hours 10am – 5pm daily, free admission.
The Iconic Dunedin Railway Station is the most photographed building in the Southern hemisphere, full of colour with the surrounding gardens all year around. This is also home to the Taieri Gorge Railway which offers train trips through the Taieri Gorge and up towards Middlemarch, Central Otago.
The famous Otago Farmer’s market, established in 2001 is held every Saturday morning 7.30am – 12pm. iT is situated next to the railway station against the railway platform. This market is a must for any self-confessed ‘foodie’ with multiple food stalls, fresh produce and local treats available. Grab a coffee and bite to eat as you stroll the market and stock up on fresh local items.
Located on Anzac Avenue near Forsyth Barr Stadium, Emerson's brewery originated in Dunedin in 1992,headed by Richard Emerson - a well known and highly respected craft brewer. This craft brewery produces 5000L batches and includes a retail shop and full onsite taproom restaurant where you can sample your favourite drop. Take a tour of this craft beer brewery and go behind the scenes learning about every step of the brewing process. A unique tour and great dining experience, surrounded within a working brewery - one not to be missed.
Fancy a spot of tranquillity and a relaxing cup of tea? Hidden right in the city next to Toitu Early Settlers Museum lies the Chinese gardens, which celebrate Dunedin’s Chinese heritage and sister city relationship with Shanghai. The gardens change with the seasons and take you through a journey built upon history, culture and tradition. A great spot to simply relax, bring a picnic, try some games and puzzles or simply take in the gardens.
Take note as you wander through the city of the numerous pieces of art work hidden on sides of buildings. Seek out the Ed Sheeran mural for a cheeky selfie on Bath Street, or else follow the guided map to discover all the works of art. Friday morning, the last day of conference, join the optional tour leaving from the Art Gallery as a relaxing way to begin the last day with a highlights tour of these famous artworks.
Fancy a splash in the pool or maybe a trip down the hydro-slide? Moana pool, home to Olympic Gold Medallist Danyon Loader, is open 5.30am – 9.30pm Monday to Friday and 7am – 7pm on Weekends. Moana pool houses a full-sized lap pool, recreational ‘wave’ pool, Aqua Jogging and spa pool. There is also a gym onsite where you can par-take in a spin & swim session to get the blood pumping. Casual rates approximately $6.70 for a swim or $13.50 for a gym & swim pass.
Brewed since 1876 Speights Brewery and its legendary ales have always been proudly produced from the same site in Rattray Street. The award-winning Speight’s Brewery tour gives a fascinating insight into how this iconic beer is made with tastings included at the end of the tour. Afterwards head next door to the Speights Ale House restaurant for a hearty meal and to sample more of ‘The Pride of the South’.
Step back into the twentieth century with a time capsule home that was gifted to the City of Dunedin following the death of its owner in 1966. Little has changed since this home was occupied between 1906 to 1966 offering a rare glimpse into the home of wealthy merchant, Dunedin businessman and philanthropist David Theomin. Built as a family home, examine the fine art, furniture and artefacts purchased from all around the world that make this a truly authentic experience into history.
Open 364 days a year, admission approximately $20 adult. 1 hour tours available, bookings recommended.
Situated on the Otago Peninsula, Larnach’s Castle has been beautifully restored offering a unique experience touring the castle itself and award-winning gardens. Open daily from 9am, and open until 7pm in the summer months – a trip worth making.
Running approximately 20 kilometres along the Otago harbour, Otago peninsula is one of the most scenic spots in the country. Home to various wildlife including the Royal Albatross, Yellow eyed and Blue Penguins, Larnach’s Castle, Glenfalloch gardens and many gifts shops and eateries along the way. Numerous walkways and harbour views, you may even spot a sea lion or seal along your journey.
Take an iconic walk along the beach front which is home to multiple cafes and restaurants whilst casting your eye out over the many beachgoers and surfers. The outdoor salt water pool resides here which is open in the summer months. Grab a coffee, a bite to eat and feel the sand between your toes as you leisurely stroll along the beach.
New Zealand’s first botanical garden, the garden occupies just over 30 hectares in North Dunedin boasting over 6,800 plant species along with numerous wild native birds such as bellbirds, wood pigeons and tui. Featuring numerous gardens such as a rock garden, rose garden, New Zealand native species and many other rare and endangered native plant species. A relaxing destination with numerous walking paths throughout, or just sit and relax by the duck pond. A tranquil spot to escape the buzz of the city any day.