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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.