1 / 6
Many say the further South you get in New Zealand the friendlier the people get. Well I don’t know about that, but what I do know is Dunedin is one of the most child-friendly city’s in our beautiful country. In this article I’m going to share our experiences of this charming city and a few of my favourite places. Enjoy.
My Top 5 Family Activities in Dunedin
1. The Butterflies at Otago Museum
The Otago Museum has some really great exhibits, certainly enough to keep the kids entertained for a good few hours – plus they learn a little bit too! (But don’t tell them that.) Located next to the University on the way into the city on State Highway One, it’s usually easy to find a park on the road.
While the museum is free to enter, there are some paid exhibits and activities - Discovery World & Tropical Forest is a must do! With hands on activities in the first part and an inside atrium with butterflies, turtles and little birds, kids of all age will love it!
2. Walk on the beach at St Clair
The beach at St Clair is just a 5 or 10 minute drive away from the city (there’s also a regular bus there from the Octagon too) and is the most superb place to let the kids run around and let off steam. I’d recommend grabbing a coffee at Starfish Cafe and let the little ones play on the park directly opposite. There is also a surf school by the beach – a great option for the slightly older kids.
3. A boat trip & wildlife onboard the Monarch
We know that children like an adventure, what better adventure than an hour boat trip out into the open sea? Monarch Wildlife Cruises operate an hour long wildlife trip to see the Sealions, Seals, Albatross and seabirds of the Otago Peninsula – they provide the kids with their own binoculars and the staff are really great with the little ones. Well recommended.
4. Anyone for Chocolate?
If wildlife, a walk on beach and butterflies weren’t enough, I’m sure you’ll get no complaints with a tour of Cadbury World. It might not exactly be Willy Wonka’s factory, but there is plenty of opportunity to win chocolates, discover how Easter Eggs are made and watch a ton of chocolate fall in front of your eyes.
5. Natures Wonders
Dunedin’s one of the only places in the world that you can see the rare Yellow-Eyed Penguins, Natures Wonders offers a family friendly option to go and see them along with other wildlife as well as the awesome views of the Otago Peninsula. The kids will love the Argo Cat 8 Wheel Buggies that you are guided on.
Apartment style Dunedin accommodation perfect for families
If you’re travelling with a family, hotels can be an expensive option and often meaning splitting the family up, not to forget the hassle of finding somewhere to eat. We’ve got a really good option for multi-room apartments that have full kitchen facilities, a lounge area and in-room laundry facilities. All things that are a god send when travelling with the family, as I’m sure you’ll appreciate.
Roslyn Apartments – Situated in the suburb of Roslyn less than 5 minutes from the City Centre. The Roslyn Apartments offers one and two bedroom apartments with modern furnishing, off-street parking and stunning views over the Otago Harbour and City of Dunedin
Unique to NZ these apartments are like a home away from home. Choose from 40 properties throughout NZ. Need your own full kitchen to self cater? An in room laundry? 1, 2 or 3 bedroom options. Perfect for self drive families, friends and couples.