Enchanted Dunedin: Event Guide


Big Science! Show! - July 6 & 7

We are blasting the past through an investigation of the world’s coolest scientists, their discoveries, and our future. A huge stage show with energetic science demonstrations, depicting some of science’s biggest revelations. You will be taken on a journey to discover the great scientific breakthroughs of the past 150 years and the memorable scientists who make ideas a reality.

Thanks to: Australian High Commission, University of Otago, Castle Trustees Ltd

1pm Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7 
Teachers College Auditorium


Storytime Aboard the Monarch - July 7

Hop aboard the Monarch at the Fryatt Street Wharf. Enjoy a one-hour morning cruise along the Otago Harbour. On the way back to wharf the littlies will meet in the cabin for a delicious hot chocolate and an interactive reading of a children's wildlife related story. Designed for children under 8 years.

Pre-bookings are essential, phone (03) 477 4276 or 0800 666 272

10.00am - 11.00am

11.15am - 12:00pm

$10 per person
20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin

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Royal Albatross Centre Express! - July 6-21

Enjoy a 30-minute express tour to see Albatross chicks at the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head. Discover huge Royal Albatross chicks at the world's only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony. Express tours are running at expressly special prices for Enchanted Dunedin. A great place to visit for school holidays - enjoy educational displays, fun activities for children, the cafe, gift shop and more!

$15 per adult and $3 per child

Book now, limited spaces available! Phone - 03 478 0499 to book your tickets or email reservations@albatross.org.nz

Tours run daily between 10.00am - 3.45pm, 6-21 July 
Royal Albatross Centre

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Blue Penguins Pukekura: Family Special - July 6-21

Ever seen a penguin waddle by?

Don’t miss out on discovering Korora, the little Blue Penguin, the world’s smallest penguin, in their natural habitat - scurrying up to their cliff-face burrows at Pilots Beach. Only 1 tour is available each night, so bookings are essential. Don’t miss this Enchanted Dunedin family special!

Half Price Entry - $40 per family (2 adults & 3 children), don’t forget to dress warmly as the doors are outdoors.

Book now, limited spaces available! Phone - 03 478 0499 to book your tickets or email reservations@albatross.org.nz

Tours run daily between at 5:00 or 5:15pm (Penguin arrival time to be confirmed on booking), 6-21 July 
Royal Albatross Centre


Larnach Castle Teddy Bears Picnic - July 18

If you go out to the castle you are sure to see some well-dressed bears! Dress your bear in their best homemade outfit and join Larnach Castle for their Teddy Bears Picnic. Enjoy fun games including pass the parcel, egg and spoon races, the teddy bear fashion parade and be in to win great prizes! Tickets include food, beverage and free garden entry.

$15 per person or $22 per person including transport

10.00am - 12.00pm, July 18
Larnach Castle

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Dunedin Ice Stadium Learn to Skate Classes! July 15-19

Looking for something cool to do during these holidays? Sign up to the Dunedin Ice Stadium Learn to Skate classes today!

These classes are taught by nationally qualified coaches. These skilled and knowledgeable experts are committed to making sure your children achieve their full potential on the ice.

Classes run at 12-12:45 every day from Monday 15 - Friday 19 July on half ice, PLUS your children can stay on for the public session afterwards for FREE to practice their new skills!

For children aged 3 - 12

12:00 pm - 12:45, 15-19 July $52.50 per child for the week!
Dunedin Ice Stadium

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Larnach Castle Winter Ball - July 19

Join Larnach castle for the annual Winter Ball! The Winter Ball is a highlight of the Dunedin events calendar. A wonderful night out, soak up the historic atmosphere of Larnach Castle and enjoy the stunningly restored ballroom with everyone in Victorian period evening attire dancing the night away. Tickets include transport, supper, entertainment and witness the address of the Haggis.

$100 per person

08.00pm - 11.55pm, July 19
Larnach Castle

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Fletcher House Golden Days - July 7,14 & 21

Ever wanted to time travel? Wave your magic gold coin and step back into a time where there wasn't any electricity or labour saving devices. Visit New Zealand's only fully restored Edwardian villa! Come and see how your great-grandparents lived. Built in 1909, the start of the Fletcher Empire and fully furnished in period style. Celebrate the 110th birthday of Fletcher House.

11.00pm - 04:00pm, July 7,14,21

Entry by gold coin donation
Fletcher House, 727 Portobello Road, Otago Peninsula


Winter Land at the Malls - July 13 & 14

Enter Winter Land at the Malls for an afternoon of family fun! With magic, fairies, face painting, music, dance and more see winterland.co.nz for a full list of events and activities. Celebrate the beauty of Winter in Dunedin with Winter Land!

01.00pm - 05:00pm, July 13 & 14

Free entry
Meridian, Golden Centre and Wall Street Malls


Larnach Castle Kids Go Free! - Daily

Calling all kings, queens, knights and jesters! For the two weeks during Enchanted Dunedin Larnach Castle is offering Kids Go Free entry with every paying adult. Explore all areas of the Castle, garden and grounds including the tower, ballroom and even the historic stables. Don't miss your chance to be enchanted by this unique piece of Dunedin history!

Daily during Enchanted Dunedin

Adults $34, Kids FREE
Larnach Castle


Otago Daily Times Photo Exhibition - Daily

Explore Dunedin's enchanting, quirky and charming history through the lens of the Otago Daily Times photographers. Enjoy snapshots from past and present Dunedin in our photography wall installation at Morning Magpie during Enchanted Dunedin. Hand-picked from our archives these are sure to invoke memories for many and will have never been seen before by others. Prints will also be available for purchase.

Daily during Enchanted Dunedin

Free entry, pictures are available for purchase

Morning Magpie, Stuart Street


2 for 1 Monarch Wildlife Cruise - Daily

Don't forget to bring your camera on this special albatross and furseal experience. Join a one hour Wildlife Cruise at Wellers Rock Wharf, departing daily at 2:30pm. Buy one full priced adult fare and get another free! See spectacular scenery, historic lighthouses and unique southern ocean animals from the comfort of your sturdy vessel.

Pre-bookings are essential, phone (03) 477 4276 or 0800 666 272

02:30pm Daily during Enchanted Dunedin

$55 for 2 adults (normally $110)
20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin


OCHO Chocolate Factory Tour & Tasting - Daily

Dunedin's craft chocolate factory has opened its doors to the public and is hosting Tour & Tasting sessions at a very special rate for Enchanted Dunedin. Learn about where cocoa comes from, see how chocolate is made from cocoa beans, and taste the craft difference. This is one for people of all ages. Access from 10 Roberts St and parking available on Buller St.

Book now - email chocolate@ocho.co.nz or using the button below!

$5 per person during Enchanted Dunedin
OCHO Chocolate Factory


Mini Harbour Tours - 6, 7, 13, 14 & 16 July

Get out on your own harbour to see and learn about historic vessels, old shipwrecks, harbour bird life, Quarantine Stations and much, much more!
Young children and adults will get just as much out of this one of a kind mini tour!
We will blast you with an interesting and in-depth commentary as we cruise between Port Chalmers and Portobello. Viewing the harbour from the water gives a unique perspective of the area you know. Children! Don't forget your binoculars - there's a lot to spy along the way!

$20 Adults, Children $10, trip time 30 minutes
12:55pm Port to Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours , Back Beach Port Chalmers


Let’s Go Boating! Family Cruise - 6,7 & 13 July

We will travel from Back Beach, across to Quarantine Island, where you will be able to see the old ships in their graveyards, laid to rest here.

You will learn about and see the fast pilot boats, powerful tugboats and hard working fishing boats, as we poke around Port Chalmers and Careys Bay.

Children will be amazed to learn and see other things too, such the harbour birds and wildlife.

$32 Adults, Children $16, trip time 60 minutes
11:30am Port to Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours, Back Beach Port Chalmers


Portobello Marine Labs and Touch Tanks Tour, 14 July

Visit Portobello Marine Studies Centre Sunday 14th July only. 

On your guided tour of the Marine Studies Centre, Portobello, see fish, seahorses, crabs. Touch sea anemones, sea cucumbers and other sea creatures in the live touch tanks.

$36 Adults, Children $18, trip time 150 minutes
10:30am - 12:45pm Port to Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours, Back Beach Port Chalmers


Football South Soccer Sisters Holiday Program - 8,9 & 10 July

To celebrate this year’s Women’s World Cup in June, Football South are running a themed holiday program just for the girls! With football games, skills, activities, colouring in competitions, uniform designing, a mini World Cup and more - don’t let your future Football Fern miss this!

$100 for all three days, $40 per day or $25 per half day, 10% family discount
9.00am - 3.00pm Logan Park Turf


Football South Southern United Skill School - 8,9 & 10 July

Future All White in the family? Then make sure they don’t miss the Football South Southern United Skill School. With fun games, competitions, UEFA qualified coaches, maximum time on the ball and the chance to meet local Southern United Stars - be in quick and register today!

Half Days 9.00am - 12.30pm $25 per day, multi-day discount
Full Days 9.00am - 3.00pm $40 per day, multi-day discount

Logan Park Turf