While Queenstown gets all the glory on New Zealand’s South Island, Dunedin also has plenty of family-friendly attractions and experiences. Here are some for your list.
1. Otago Museum
The Otago Museum has a collection of over 1.5 million artefacts from around the globe. It encompasses the Tuhara Science Centre, a tropical forest featuring exotic butterflies, waterfalls, and many hands-on activities where the kids can learn and play.
2. Larnach Castle
Built as a private residence in 1871, the Victorian grandeur of this building will transport you right back in time and make you feel as if you were exploring a historic English castle. Kids receive free entry during school holidays.
3. Penguin Place
This conservation reserve is home to the world’s most endangered penguin, the Yellow Eyed Penguin. Guided walking tours are available to view the penguins undisturbed at close range.
4. Natures Wonders Tour
Visit one of the most precious wildlife habitats in New Zealand. The Natures Wonders Tour takes you on an exploration of natural wildlife and rare species. Get up close to seals, penguins, cormorants and other aquatic birds.
5. Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Also named Dunedin’s ‘cloud forest’, Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a great place to see fascinating wildlife and fauna. It is a wonderfully serene place to spend a few hours. Both guided and self-guided tours are available.
6. Quarantine Island tour
Once a place where early European settlers stayed whilst they quarantined, this island is now a public recreation reserve for wildlife and regenerating forests. Journey over the water to connect with nature and retrace history.
7. Otago Settlers Museum
8. Wals Plant Land
Wals Plant Land houses the Living Maze, created by 5,000 Myrtus Luma evergreen plants. There are two escape doors through the maze to get out quickly. Entry is free for kids under five years.
9. Urban street art
Street murals have become a popular addition to the streets of Dunedin, with more than 40 works commissioned to spruce up the city. Take a wander or book a two-hour guided walking tour to hear the stories behind the art.
10. Port to Port cruise
The Port to Port cruises transport you around Otago Harbour and beyond via ferry. Perfect for the wildlife enthusiast, you will get to see albatross, seals and penguins up close in their natural habitat.