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by Lucy (subscribe)
Welcome to Lucy's collection of ideas and adventures designed to inspire others to get off the couch and explore our local environment.
Published February 17th 2016
Sea lions, chocolate and castles by the sea
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Dunedin wall art - image taken by writer


Our family had a lot of fun exploring Dunedin and the surrounding countryside. We discovered plenty of child-friendly activities both indoors and outdoors, which were educational and kept everyone entertained. Here is a list of our top ten activities in Dunedin for kids.

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Otago Peninsula wildlife - image taken by writer


1. Otago Peninsula:

The highlight for any wildlife fans visiting Dunedin is the opportunity to see sea lions, seals and rare yellow-eyed penguins in the wild on the Otago Peninsula. A wildlife eco-cruise is the best way to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures.

2. Larnach Castle:

We took a picnic and enjoyed a day wandering around New Zealand's only Scottish castle as well as the gardens. There is an excellent activities sheet for children to follow, which highlights aspects of the castle of interest to younger visitors.

3. Cadbury World:

Anyone interested in chocolate or Willy Wonka will enjoy the tour of Cadbury World - watch out for the chocolate waterfall.

Otago Peninsula, Sandfly Bay, Dunedin,
Sandfly Bay - image taken by writer


4. Toitu Otago Settlers Museum:

The Toitu Otago Settlers Museum has plenty of hands-on activities which children will appreciate. There are also thought provoking activity sheets and craft tables set up within the museum itself.

5. St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool:

Take the kids for a swim during the warmer months at this stunning hot salt water pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There is a cute paddling pool and if you're lucky, you might spot some seals swimming in the waves.

6. Dunedin Chinese Garden:

Children will love the dress up section at these traditional Chinese scholars gardens. They can learn to play games such as Chinese Checkers or "go" and might like to try home-made dumplings and Ooolong tea in the tea house by the lake.

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Dunedin Chinese Gardens - image taken by writer


7. Discovery World:

You can actually visit the tropical rainforest at Discovery World. They host a butterfly release at 11am daily, as well as science demonstrations throughout the day.

8. Dunedin Botanic Gardens:

The grassed lawns and playground at Dunedin Botanic Gardens are a fun place to let the kids run around. They can feed the ducks and smell the roses while adults have a cuppa in the café.

Dunedin Art Gallery, Dunedin, Kids,
Dunedin Art Gallery - image taken by writer


9. Dunedin Art Gallery:

Dunedin Art Gallery has a special children's gallery filled with drawing equipment, chalk boards and themed activities. This is a great spot to stop while you're wandering around the city centre.

10. Tunnel Beach:

Walking down to the edge of the cliff and then through the hand-carved tunnel is a unique and unforgettable way to get to this famous beach just south of Dunedin. Just be prepared for the long walk back up to the car park.

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Tunnel Beach - image taken by writer

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The chocolate waterfall would be something to see that Cadbury's in Tasmania don't have.
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