What to do in Dunedin
Dunedin has got to be one of the most underrated cities in New Zealand. There is so much on offer whether its rain or shine. Better yet, there is a long list of kid-friendly activities that will keep the little ones entertained for the entire family holiday.
Here are our top 5 things to do on your next holiday in delightful Dunedin…
1. Take a scenic train ride
Dunedin Railways is a train fanatic’s dream come true. You’ll start the experience by arriving at Dunedin’s Heritage Train station to board your train through the Taieri Gorge. The train ride combines iconic New Zealand scenery with South Island history. You’ll wind your way over numerous gorges and zip through ten tunnels until you arrive at the famous Wingatui Viaduct. Better yet, because of the remote locations the train travels through, cell phone coverage is limited – encouraging the little ones to fully take in the surrounding sights!
2. Explore the stunning gardens
Dunedin is home to some beautiful gardens. The Dunedin Botanic Gardens are located close to the University of Otago and have been around since 1863. Stroll through the herb gardens, meander alongside the duck ponds, take in the Japanese garden and check out the children’s playground. Then hop over to the Dunedin Chinese Gardens, which is located next to the Dunedin Railway Station. The garden area is surrounded by a 4-metre perimeter wall and has a tea house, zig-zag bridges and a climbing mountain. You’ll easily think you’ve been transported overseas.
3. Have a royal experience
Perched at the top of the Otago Peninsula is New Zealand’s only castle. Boasting incredibly scenic views, Larnach Castle offers visitors the chance to take a guided tour, dine in the castle’s dining hall and roam the immaculately kept botanical gardens. No matter what age you are, you’ll definitely feel like royalty roaming this unique part of New Zealand.
4. Take a dip in the saltwater baths
One of the best-kept secrets in Dunedin is the St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool. One of the only heated saltwater pools in New Zealand, these pools are located in the beach suburb of St Clair. Known primarily for rough seas and an epic surf hub, these pools offer a safe alternative for a family filled day in the sun. There is an on-site café, but a range of quirky eateries are only a stone throw away from the pools as well.
5. Play a round of golf
Dunedin offers some of the best mini golf courses in the South Island. Wal’s Plant & Fun Land is an aesthetically pleasing mini-golf course that is also home to a nursery and real fruit ice cream shop. Once the kids finish a round of golf, there’s also a train ride and trampoline to entertain them while the adults sip on a cheeky wine perhaps!
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