Things To Do

What’s on in Dunedin?

Dunedin is an exciting destination with a wonderful mix of experiences to delight the senses. From amazing local cuisine to breathtaking scenery as well as a great variety of interesting people, places and activities, Dunedin has something on offer for all ages, abilities and interests.

International sporting events and concerts at Dunedin venues are featuring more and more on the national event calendar. If you have tickets to an upcoming event, you are advised to book your accommodation well in advance, and why not make a weekend of it and book in for two nights’ stay at 538 Great King.

538 Great King provides special deals for guests booking 2 or more nights when there is a major event on in Dunedin. Contact us directly for more information

If you have anything in particular you'd like to see or do in Dunedin, we are happy to make inquiries and bookings on your behalf. Let us know before before you arrive or just pop into reception for a chat and we can help you come up with ideas on how to make the most of your stay here.

Book your Dunedin event accommodation now.

Featured favourites all year round and some popular annual events

Here are some of our personal favourites we love to recommend to guests

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary offers visitors both guided tours and self-guided walking for visitors wishing to experience the sights and sounds of the enchanting native New Zealand forest. Among the Orokonui resident native birds and lizards that you may encounter during your visit are the takahe and tuatara, as well as Otago skinks, kaka, bellbirds and tui.

Orokonui is a 30 minute drive via Port Chalmers, and you can do a round trip, returning via the scenic Mt Cargill road or via Waitati and State Highway 1. Waitati has a wonderful cafe serving delightful treats at the local nursery.

Visit Orokonui Ecosanctuary

 

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Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle is New Zealand’s only castle, and one of New Zealand’s premier visitor attractions. Located on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle offers castle tours, stunning gardens, luxury accommodation, event management and unique dining experiences. This iconic symbol of the city’s Scottish heritage is at the heart of the Dunedin visitor experience.

Official site for Larnach Castle

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Otago Museum

Otago Museum offers an ever-changing array of exhibitions and events along with its year-round attractions. Entry to the Museum and the galleries is free, with paid entry to special areas like  the interactive Otago Community Trust Science Centre, the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium or the Beautiful Science gallery, and the ever-popular butterfly rainforest.


Ticket prices and current exhibits can be found on the official Otago Museum website. 

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Dunedin Farmers Market

Voted New Zealand’s most outstanding farmer’s market, the Otago Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning from 8AM to 12:30PM.  Locals and visitors converge here to sample artisan foods from the 50-75 stallholders offering everything imaginable from cheeses and chutneys to fresh baked breads and pastries and more. There is seasonal produce and plants on offer as well as delicious hot food and coffee to tantalise your taste buds.

Located in the northern carpark of the Dunedin Railway Station.

 

ANNUAL EVENTS

Thieves Alley Market Day

A hugely popular event in the Dunedin summer calendar, the Thieves Alley Market Day takes place in the Octagon and surrounding streets of Dunedin’s city centre.  Entertainment and street performers as well as hundreds of stalls selling an array of crafts, jewellery, art, clothing, local delicacies and more, this is a great day out for the whole family.

The next annual Thieves Alley Market Day is scheduled for Saturday 9 February 2019

For more events happening in Dunedin this summer visit: Click here

Dunedin iD Fashion

One of the top events on the New Zealand fashion calendar has been Dunedin’s very own iD Fashion Week. High profile international and Kiwi designers and emerging fashion labels converge in a unique fashion mash-up like no other! The event is packed with exhibitions, designer talks, pop-up stores, fashion films and exclusive behind-the-scenes encounters.

From 2020, iD Fashion Week will be replaced by two events, one for established designers and the other the emerging designer awards. 

Watch this space for details of the re-badged fashion week and emerging designer awards for 2020. 

Check out the iD website for more information

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival

The Dunedin Midwinter Carnival is a free public event held every year. It celebrates the passing of the Winter Solstice with an evening of beauty, light and incredible artistry. The event is held in the Octagon and usually takes place on the closest Saturday to the Winter Solstice. For updates on the next Midwinter Carnival visit the Dunedin Midwinter Celebrations Trust Facebook page.

Midwinter Facebook Page

Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival

Originally a celebration of Dunedin’s local craft breweries and now attracting brewers from around New Zealand, the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival will mark its eighth year in 2020. Organised by the Otago University Student Association, this event is open to the public and provides plenty of food and entertainment to complement the vast array of lovingly brewed bevvies making their debut in the craft beer scene. Other associated events are held during the week leading up to the festival with local restaurants offering special degustation menus with palate-pleasing beer and food matches.

For more events happening in Dunedin in spring click here

 

Links to Dunedin tourism and events sites

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