My Dunedin Itinerary

Winter Events

Be part of something special when you visit, Dunedin’s event-rich calendar features many wonderful activities during the winter months.

Mid-Winter Solistice – Victoria Ghost Stories at Larnach Castle

21 June at 7:30 p.m

Listen to Victorian ghost stories around the fire in the Castle Ballroom. Explore the Castle by torch light, and end the night with a light supper.

Price: $65.00 per person


23 June

Stand together with the All Blacks as they take on the flair of the French in the Steinlager Series. The All Blacks will be playing their third match against France on Saturday 23 June 2018 under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Midwinter Carnival

30 June

Celebrate the season with this vibrant and family friendly event featuring a giant illuminated lantern parade, stilt-walkers, dancers, drummers, food, bands, fireworks and more.

DSO’s ‘Songs of Moana’

8 July

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Grammy nominated Te Vaka to perform their hit music from the award winning Disney blockbuster “Moana”.

The show will have the young and young at heart bouncing in their seats and singing along to their favourite songs from the ‘Moana’ soundtrack.

This promises to be an explosive show with orchestra, singers and dancers providing an unforgettable musical experience!

Get the family together for an early evening performance guaranteed to be a great start to the school holiday break.

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New Zealand International Science Festival

6 – 15 July

‘Go Beyond’ at this year’s New Zealand International Science Festival – a cutting-edge celebration of all things science, from the mysterious outer limits of the universe to the marvellous inner workings of robotics, and all the weird, wacky, weighty and wonderful stuff in between. Special guests include young British space systems engineer Sian Cleaver, Australian science guru Dr Ken Silburn, leading Māori astronomer Professor Rangi Mātāmua of Tūhoe , Code Like A Girl CEO Ally Watson and NAO – a leading humanoid robot from China. From the cognitive science of fake news and the Māori creation and origins of the universe to astrophotography, Dunedin is transformed from July 6-15 into a city alive with science. #NZSciFest

Puaka Matariki Festival

6 – 22 July

Puaka Matariki is a celebration of the Māori New Year, through a diverse citywide programme of community events with a focus on sharing stories, passing on knowledge and learning, remembering the dear departed, and planning for the year ahead. Events include Toi Māori, visual art, literary works, music and dance performance events.

Larnach Castle Winter Ball

20 July at 8:00 p.m.

Soak up the historic atmosphere of Larnach Castle and the stunningly restored ballroom with everyone in Victorian period evening attire dancing the night away.

Price: $100.00 per person

The 104 Story Treehouse: Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

23 July

Finally, Dunedin, finally: Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have decided that the kids of this city could well do with a dose of their madcap Treehouse doings. Andy and Terry are heading to New Zealand this July to celebrate the release of the eighth book in their series: The 104-Storey Treehouse. Presented by the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival in association with Pan Macmillan and the Regent Theatre.

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