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.

Wild Dunedin NZ Festival of Nature

20 – 25 April

Get to know Dunedin’s wild side with over 60 events celebrating land, water, sea and sky, wildlife and lovers of nature. Many of the events are free and wildlife tourism operators are offering generous discounts. There are plenty of fun activities that will connect families to nature over the 6 day festival in the school holiday break.

iD Fashion week

2 – 6 May

A signature Dunedin event, forty-six emerging designers from around the globe will showcase the latest in fashion innovation and creativity as they compete for top prizes in this year’s prestigious iD International Emerging Designer Shows, to be held at the Dunedin Town Hall on Thursday May 3 and Friday May 4.


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.

New Zealand International Science Festival

6 – 15 July

‘Go Beyond’ at this year’s New Zealand International Science Festival – a celebration of all things science, from the mysterious outer limits of the universe to the marvellous inner workings of robotics, with all the weird, wacky, weighty and wonderful stuff in between. Featuring 30 festival guests from New Zealand and around the globe, alongside a lahar of local talent, 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.

Cadbury Jaffa Race

20 July

An iconic event which combines the worlds steepest street with the iconic kiwi chocolate-orange sweet – Jaffas. Thousands are rolled down Baldwin Street in a bid to win the race and competition is fierce!