Activity Category: Dunedin

Emersons Brewery, Dunedin

Emerson’s beer has been brewed in Dunedin since 1992, although this site opened in 2016. Home to the brewery, a light and airy restaurant and bar, this family friendly eatery is a great place to come with kids. The restaurant has big windows so you can see into the workings…

Hot Salt Water Pools, St Clair

Dating back to the late 1800s, this outdoor pool opens in October to the end of March each year, and has all the benefits of the sea, (while there is still chlorine in the water, it’s weaker than the average pool, as it’s mixed in with salt water) but is warmer…

Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Dunedin

Roughly 20 minutes north east of Dunedin lies a piece of bush that’s home to some of New Zealand’s rarest native animals, thanks to the predator fence which surrounds this Ecosanctuary. This is the place to come to get out into the rejuvenated bush, go for a walk, try and…

Wals Fun Land, Dunedin

It might seem strange to head to a Garden Centre for entertainment but Wals is a plant shop with a difference! The Fun Land and cafe make it a popular family destination with miniature golf and trains (running from September) both being very popular. There are 18 holes that make up…

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin

This modern museum tracks the history of people settling into the Dunedin and the wider Otago area from the first Maori, to the Scottish and the Chinese settlers during the gold rush period, right up to the modern day. There are lots of different areas within the museum so you’re…

The Taieri Gorge Railway, Dunedin

Leaving from the old central Dunedin train station, the trains that travel along the Taieri Gorge track are a mix of old and modern carriages pulled by diesel electric engines. The route climbs up through the gorge which provides for stunning scenery over Taieri Gorge River (only seen from a…

Purakaunui Inlet, north of Dunedin

About 25km north of Dunedin this makes for a great day trip to escape the city! In the inlet itself, you can dig for  cockles (known locally as southern clams) at low tide – watch out for crabs that might try to nip you! It’s also a popular place for…

Moana Pool, Dunedin

With 5 different pools, this is the best place to come for a family swim in the Dunedin area. If you want to swim laps, there’s a pool for you (heated to 28 degrees). If you’re after a rapid river, waves and a play, the leisure pool is for you (heated…

The Plaza Cafe, Dunedin

While this cafe is suitable for all ages of kids because it’s light and spacious and has toys, those with little ones might be particularly interested in the indoor play area. This is a very family friendly cafe that should keep preschoolers happy within a fenced area and older kids…

Marlow Park (AKA Dinosaur Park), St Kilda, Dunedin

Set behind the beach and locally referred to as the ‘Dino park’ this is a great destination playground to visit as a half or full day trip. For younger kids some of the playground equipment is themed around dinosaurs (a stegosaurus slide, diplodocus swings etc) There are also more traditional…