Epic Train Trips – Dunedin Railways
What better way to take in the majestic scenery around this coastal city than a train trip. Hop aboard a Dunedin Railways trip with options for the Taieri Gorge or Waitati Seasider excursions, both of which offer jaw-dropping views and an in-depth appreciation of the diverse terrain in and around greater Dunedin. An excellent all-weather family-friendly activity with options for short trips or longer day journeys available.
Wild Things Offer
Get 30% of the full adult return fare on the Taieri Gorge Trains to either Pukerangi (Monday to Saturdays) or Middlemarch (Sundays).
New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle is set amongst lush and carefully tended gardens atop a hill on the Otago Peninsula. The beautifully restored Gothic revival buildings and grounds, offer an insight into the lives of the wealthy family that once owned it and in true Gothic style, the castle does indeed come with a ghost and a colourful past. These days the biggest drama is which kind of scone to choose as part of the glorious high teas served in the ballroom café. The castle is open for daily tours and offers a range of accommodation including the Castle Stable Stay, Larnach Lodge and luxurious Camp Estate.
Wild Things Offer
Quote WTWTA to receive 20% discount on a castle tour with an audio guide and High Tea in the Ballroom
Valid until 30/09/18
Olveston Historic Home
Take a tour of Olveston, a 35-room historic house museum built in 1967, which was once the home of the Theomins, wealthy merchants, philanthropists and collectors. Designed by acclaimed British architect Sir Ernest George, Olveston was built as an ‘English country house in the city’ and furnished with fine art, furniture and artefacts purchased from all over the world. 1-2 hour guided tours operate daily and take in elements such as the art collections, silverware, the art of good housekeeping and the stunning gardens.
Toitu Otago Early Settlers Museum
A museum, but not as you know it. Toitu expertly mingles the early history of Dunedin’s settler population with installations from more recent times, complete with trolleybuses and vintage caravans. The interactive exhibits include a recreated settler’s house and ships cabin, which offer a fascinating insight into the conditions faced by many in the early years of the Dunedin settlement.
Make a beeline for the impressive newly opened Tuhura Southern Community Trust Science Centre at the Otago Museum which features all manner of interactive activities and displays for kids of all ages. After you’ve finished channelling your inner Newton or Einstein, follow the signs to the Discovery World Tropical Forest to frolic amongst 1000 beautiful live butterflies and giant stick insects and then galactic enthusiasts can head over to the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium for an exciting journey through the stars in the 360° immersive dome theatre. The museum also houses a fascinating collection of local and international artefacts which are well worth exploring before stopping off for lunch in the Museum Café.
Dunedin has an abundance of art galleries that showcase the works of local and international artists, the largest and most notable of which is the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in the Octagon which houses an impressive collection of works spanning many decades and regularly hosts touring exhibitions. The many smaller galleries dotted in and around the city provide opportunities to view and purchase the works of New Zealand artists and are an excellent way to spend a few hours in between café hopping.
Theatre & Entertainment
For those in search of thespian pursuits, the Fortune Theatre produces a season of well-known works from international playwrights in addition to more locally-relevant fare. The Regent Theatre hosts larger shows and musicals within it’s elegant interior which include a traditional proscenium arch and velvet clad seats. There are number of smaller venues throughout the city that feature an array of interesting shows throughout the year.