My Dunedin Itinerary

Summer Events

Fete Dunedin

27 November

With over 100+ amazing stalls, live entertainment & delicious local cuisine, fête Dunedin is the perfect way to spend a Sunday. Gather your friends for a fabulous day shopping for unique designer Christmas gifts. Sit back in the food court area and enjoy the local cuisine while being entertained by live music.

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Emerson's 3 Peaks Enduro Race

3-4 December

A non-gravity assisted enduro meaning riders have to conquer the entire courses on their own steam. No easy shuttle options here folks! Trust us though; it will be worth the effort. Tracks in Woodhaugh, Ross Creek, Wakari, Nicols Creek, Swampy Summit, Mt Cargill, Bathunes Gully and Signal Hill

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Otago Farmers Market – Christmas market 

24 December

On Christmas Eve, from 8.00am thousands of people flock to the Dunedin Railway Station to purchase local food directly from the people who make and grow it for their Christmas Day feasting. Fresh fruit from Central Otago, vegetables and berries from the Taieri plains; every week over 65 different vendors come together from all over the province to create one of the busiest Farmers Markets in Australasia, all in the setting of Dunedin’s beautiful Railway Station building.

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Whare Flat Folk Festival

30 December – 3 January

Run annually by Dunedin's New Edinburgh Folk Club since 1975, the Whare Flat Folk Festival has always featured four days of concerts, workshops, entertainment and relaxation in Whare Flat set in the beautiful Waiora valley, nestled in the hills behind Dunedin. Whare Flat is a small paradise; it's the perfect venue for folk music, jamming, sessions or just relaxing with your favourite musical instrument. You couldn't choose a better place to chill out after Christmas and welcome in the New Year with friends and family!

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New Year’s Eve Octagon Concert  

31 December

Bring in the New Year at this all-ages event, attracting families with young children through to senior citizens – all are welcome. At midnight, the Robbie Burns Cannon will fire a single salute, and people are encouraged to sing along to Auld Lang Syne followed by the fireworks show.The central Octagon carriageway will be home to a number of food stalls offering snacks and treats for the hungry.

Robbie Rocks

22 January

Robbie Burns may be the greatest songwriter in history. He was certainly the outstanding ‘rock star’ of 18th century Scotland and love for his poems and songs has spread around the world ever since. Join us in the upper Octagon to hear the Robbie Rocks Dunedin finalists rocking out their interpretation of some Burns’ classics. The winners will be announced at the end of the show.

Chinese New Year celebration

28 January

Join in the celebrations as Dunedin welcomes the “Year of the Roster”. At 7.15pm, follow the dragon parade from the Octagon to the Chinese Garden via Princes Street and enjoy non-stop live entertainment, yummy food stalls and fireworks finale at 10pm.

Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally

28 January

Admire the pre-1919 cars and motorcycles as they join the oldest rally in the Southern Hemisphere, a Dunedin tradition since 1954.

Live music to keep you entertained.

Brighton Gala Day

29 January

The Brighton Gala Day is a fun family day out.

The small beach side community Brighton is just 25 minutes’ drive from Dunedin city and is host to this huge family event which includes a great variety of rides and activities such as slides, water park, merry go rounds, bumper cars etc.

There is also scheduled demonstrations from the emergency services Fire Brigade, St Johns, armed offenders call out squad, motor-cross displays, tug'o'war etc.  Helicopters Otago have been a feature with value rides along the coastline.

The 120+ stalls have just about everything for sale and make for a great day of browsing, purchasing and inspiration. The event is run in conjunction with the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club who provide excellent life saving patrols at the adjacent beach.

A gold coin donation is appreciated to help towards providing this wonderful volunteer service and its facility.

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