Things to do on a rainy day in Dunedin

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Fascinating, historic Dunedin gets the odd rainy day, mainly in winter. Here are some ideas for keeping busy indoors if the weather isn't so great.

Visit New Zealand’s only castle

Spectacular Larnach Castle sits atop the Otago Peninsula with panoramic views of the harbour and beyond. The former home of Scottish banker William Larnach, the castle has a rich – and somewhat scandalous - family history and is home to beautiful gardens and a decadent interior. Enjoy a tour, followed by a delicious high tea served in the ballroom.

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Otago Museum

Explore the rich history of Southern New Zealand through collections covering culture, nature and science; as well as a living tropical forest complete with live butterflies and other tropical creatures. The Otago Museum will keep you entertained when you don’t want to venture outside - perfect for families!

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Cadbury Factory Tour

Enjoy a guided tour around Cadbury World, Dunedin’s only chocolate factory. The perfect experience for those with a passion for all things chocolate, you’ll learn about the chocolate-making process as well as get to sample lots of the good stuff yourself. Enjoy personable guides who love to entertain as well as inform, and marvel at the waterfall of chocolate at the end of the tour. Yum!

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Taieri Gorge Railway

Enjoy a train trip that departs from the historic Dunedin Train Station and into the spectacular Taieri River Gorge. Enjoy the variety of landscapes as the train negotiates this narrow river gorge and learn about how the line was constructed with accompanying full commentary. This all-weather experience includes sightseeing stops, so make the most of some great photo opportunities.

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Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Explore this historic gallery and enjoy art from both local and international talented artists. Established in 1884, the gallery is known for the richness of its collections and regularly varied exhibitions – and is free to visit!

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