My Dunedin Itinerary

Summer Events

Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters | Otago Museum

Open daily until Sunday 25 February 2018

Step back 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea in Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters. This unique international touring exhibition, produced by Gondwana Studios, brings the past back to life with fossilised skeletons and life-size animatronic models of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian.

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Gordon Walters: New Vision | Dunedin Public Art Gallery

11th Nov - 8th Apr 2018

Gordon Walters: New Vision is a major survey of one of New Zealand’s great modernist artists. Two years in the making, and including more than 150 works, this exhibition presents a unique opportunity to explore all aspects of Walters' remarkable art practice for the first time.

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Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre

Opens 16 Dec 2017 - Otago Museum

After four years of planning and five months of construction, Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre is nearing completion, with the doors set to open to the public on Saturday 16 December at 10am.

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13th January 2018 | BLACKCAPS v Pakistan

7th March 2018 | BLACKCAPS v England

Grab your family and friends to experience the real NZ because this summer is shaping up to be a cracker. Watch the Blackcaps take on the thrilling challenge of Pakistan and then later the UK at the University Oval in Dunedin and enjoy a great day of live sporting action and crowd participation.

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Brighton Gala Day

28th January 2018

The Brighton Gala Day is a fun family day out at the Brighton Domain just 25 minutes’ drive from the centre of the city.  The event runs from 10 am to 5 pm and has a variety of attractions including over 180 food and craft stalls, bands, family entertainment and rides throughout the day.

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Roger Waters concert

30th January 2018

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters plays at Forsyth Barr Stadium US + THEM tour.

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NZ Masters Games

3rd-11th February

The New Zealand Masters Games is the largest multi-sport event in New Zealand.  Held yearly, the event alternates between Wanganui and Dunedin.  The 29th New Zealand Masters Games will be held in Dunedin from the 3rd to the 11th of February 2018. Proving age is no barrier to participating, the Games hosts 60+ sports which attract more than 5,000 competitors aged from 18 to 95 and beyond.

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Thieves Alley Market Day

10th February

A hugely popular event in the Dunedin summer calendar, the Thieves Alley Market Day features hundreds of stalls selling an array of crafts, jewellery, art, clothing, local delicacies and more. Entertainment and street performers complete the festive atmosphere, which makes for a wonderful day out for the whole family.

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Taieri Wings and Wheels Spectacular

11th February 2018

A great family day out on the Taieri, with hundreds of cars and aircraft on display, aeroplane and helicopter rides, great food, live music, craft stalls, rescue services displays, short landing competitions, free kids entertainment and more. 10am – 4pm, Taieri Airfield, Dukes Road Mosgiel

Chinese New Year celebrations

16th February 2018

This vibrant and colourful celebration for Chinese New Year features a dragon parade from the Octagon down to the Dunedin Chinese Gardens, cultural performances, food stalls and fireworks. Gold coin donation entry.

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Robbie Williams concert

17th February 2018

Global pop phenomenon Robbie Williams descends on the Forsyth Barr Stadium in February with his mammoth Heavy Entertainment Show World Tour.

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The Otago Central Rail Trail Duathlon

24th – 25th February, 2018

Try your hand at this fantastic multi-sport event on NZ's original great ride. You can go solo, or choose to share the load by teaming up with friends, family or colleagues to complete any of the events.

Either way, it’s fun with as much challenge as you want!

Following a former railway line, the course traverses stunning Central Otago Landscapes, over bridges, through tunnels, across wide open spaces of the Ida Valley and the Maniototo Plains. The historic villages enroute offer a range of great refreshments and accommodation for refuelling for participants and crew!

Options include:

  • Multi-day Duathlon
  • Day 1 start in Clyde finishes in Ranfurly (91km)
  • Day 2 starts in Ranfurly finishes in Middlemarch (59km)
  • Single-day Duathlon
  • Participate in either Day 1 or Day 2 of the Multi-day Duathlon
  • New for this year is the Mountain Bike Ride
  • Participate in Day 1 or 2 to ride 91km or 59km

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